Khimji Ramdas is the platinum sponsor for the first Oman National Nutritional Survey that seeks to assess and analyse nutritional levels among the Omani population. KR role and support form part of the company’s rigorous commitment to the country’s health sector, to effectively assist and execute the objectives of the sector. This initiative falls under Eshraqa – KR social development arm – underpinned by three key pillars – education, health and community.
Commenting on the company’s role in the survey, Nailesh Khimji, Director, Khimji Ramdas, said, “At Khimji Ramdas, we are always keen on investing in the interests of Oman’s socio-economic sector of which health is a major component. It is crucial that companies effectively engage in the development of the country’s key sectors. That is why we have created Eshraqa, KR social development arm, under the KR brand dedicated solely to health and social welfare. Through these, KR always ensures that we stay at the helm of sector wide developments, assisting the country and government implement plans for progress.”
Khalsa Al-Zadjali, Eshraqa representative, said, “We are happy to be part of this survey which is being conducted for the first time in Oman and the whole of the GCC. We hope it will serve to present Oman’s health sector with vital information on nutritional deficiencies and excesses so that a suitable policy can be formulated and steps taken for appropriate intervention.”
Dr. Samia Ghannami, Director of the Nutrition department at the Ministry of Health said, “First, I would like to thank the private sector especially Eshraqa– KR CSR arm - for their support in conducting the survey, which will contribute to the future of the medical sector. The aim of this survey is to create an accurate database that specializes in nutrition for families and individuals, especially for children under five and women of reproductive age (19-49) that will help us to estimate infrastructure to find out the main causes of diseases, as well as the risks that cause them and their impact factors in the future.”
The ONNS was officially launched in early December 2016 beginning with the training of 66 health ministry employees from 11 governorates in Oman. It specifically seeks to assess nutritional levels of identified sub-groups of the Omani population, estimate the intake frequency of nutrient dense foods, assess obesity risk factors, evaluate food patterns in infants and young children, evaluate programmes for fortifying wheat flour and edible oil in Oman, among other determining parameters under survey. Data entry is expected to begin in March. This will then be followed by analysis of data and samples.