Oman wins 2012 UN Public Service Award
By staff - Tue May 22, 7:26 pm
Oman has won a top prize in the prestigious United Public Service Award (UNPSA) 2012 and will be honoured together with the other winners from around the world at a ceremony in New York City from June 25 and 28.
The sultanate took the second place in the promoting gender-responsive delivery of public services’ category for a Health Ministry project titled “Reduce Childhood Mortality Rate: Infants and Children under 5 years of Age.”
The annual UN Public Service Awards competition is meant to promote the role, professionalism and visibility of public service.
There are only five categories with two winners in each every year.
The sultanate had earlier won the awards in 2003 (Muscat Municipality), 2009 (Royal Oman Police), 2010 (Ministry of Health) and in 2011 (Information Technology Authority, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Civil Service and National Association for Cancer Awareness). “For Oman to have won awards in five different years since the inception of UNPSA and for the last four years running is testament to the sultanate’s desire to excel at providing exceptional public service,” an official spokesman said.
The country has made rapid strides in mother and child health over the years.
It reduced both the maternal mortality rate in childbirth from 22 (per 100,000 live births) in 1995 to 13.4 in 2009, and the Infant Mortality Rate of 20 (per 1,000 live births) in 1995 to 9.6 in 2009.
“This has been attributed to comprehensive healthcare services for mother and child,” a Health Ministry official pointed out, adding: “Together with an IT-based Mother and Child system’ in place, the progress of pregnant mothers and child development under the age of five is carefully monitored to ensure full survival.” Next month’s high-profile award ceremony will mark the 10th anniversary of UNPSA Day and Award and is expected to be attended by many world leaders and dignitaries.
Source: Khaleej Times