Fatma Al Yaquobi

Fatma Al Yaquobi
Ministry of Health, Sultanate of Oman | MOH · Communicable Diseases

FRCPATH UK Medical microbiology

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Publications (21)
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Background: Tuberculosis (TB) remains a major public health issue. Elimination mandates collaboration between decision makers, practitioners and the community. Few studies address the knowledge, attitude and practice (KAP) from countries with low incidence. Aim: Assess KAP regarding TB in Oman. Method: A cross-sectional survey based on validat...
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The objective of this study was to describe country-specific lockdown measures and tuberculosis indicators collected during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Data on lockdown/social restrictions (compulsory face masks and hand hygiene; international and local travel restrictions; restrictions to family visits, and school closures) were colle...
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Despite the apparent challenges inflicted by COVID-19 globally, the pandemic provided an opportunity to utilize and expand existing public health capacities for a more adaptive and resilient system during and after each wave of the disease. This paper provides a narrative review of Oman's public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic from January...
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Tuberculosis (TB) does not respect borders, and migration confounds global TB control and elimination. Systematic screening of immigrants from TB high burden settings and—to a lesser degree TB infection (TBI)—is recommended in most countries with a low incidence of TB. The aim of the study was to evaluate the views of a diverse group of internation...
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This global study of 43 TB centres from 19 countries demonstrates the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on TB services. Newly diagnosed TB disease, drug-resistant TB, TB deaths, outpatient clinic attendances and newly diagnosed TB infection were reduced.
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Background: Non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs), particularly mobility restrictions, are mainstay measures for the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide. We evaluated the effects of Oman's mobility restriction strategies to highlight their efficacy in controlling the pandemic. Methods: Accessible national data of daily admissions and deaths were colle...
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BACKGROUND: Increasing evidence suggests that post-TB lung disease (PTLD) causes significant morbidity and mortality. The aim of these clinical standards is to provide guidance on the assessment and management of PTLD and the implementation of pulmonary rehabilitation (PR). METHODS: A panel of global experts in the field of TB care and PR was ident...
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Background In Oman, many extended families tend to live in one household. Some families can include 20–30 individuals with the majority of them being children. This study investigates the role of children in spreading SARS-CoV-2 causing COVID-19 within family clusters in Oman. Methods This retrospective study includes data of 1026 SARS-CoV-2 posit...
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Objective To assess SARS-COV-2 seroprevalence in Oman and longitudinal changes in antibody levels over time within the first 11 months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods This nationwide cross-sectional study was conducted as a four-cycle serosurvey using a multistage stratified sampling method from July–November 2020. A questionnaire was used and i...
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In this paper, we present a multicentre record-based descriptive study used to estimate the incidence and characterize the spectrum of confirmed bacille Calmette–Guérin (BCG) vaccine-related disease among children in Oman. This study included all children (age ≤ 14 years) who had culture and/or polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-confirmed BCG disease...
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Background: Mortality surveillance provides a crucial method for monitoring disease activity. COVID-19 can cause excess mortality by increasing deaths from other diseases. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of COVID-19 on mortality in Oman. Methods: We performed a cross sectional retrospective analysis of mortality data from Janua...
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Background COVID-19’s emergence carries with it many uncertainties and challenges, one of which is epidemic management strategies. Oman has implemented non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. However, responses to NPIs may be different across different populations in a country with a large number of migrants like...
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To fulfil the World Health Organization (WHO) End TB strategy, screening for tuberculosis (TB) in immigrants is an important component of the strategy to reduce the TB burden in low-incidence countries. Oman has an annual TB incidence rate of 5.7 per 100000 and transmission from migrants with activated latent TB infection (LTBI) to nationals is a c...
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Background: Understanding the current surveillance activity and the challenges is important to ensure a continuous success toward the elimination goal for tuberculosis (TB). South Batinah Governorate (SBG) ranked the fourth on the top reporting governorates in the period 2010–2016 in Oman. The objective of this study is to describe the epidemiologi...
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Aim The purpose of this viewpoint is to summarize the advantages and constraints of the tools and strategies available for reducing the annual incidence of TB by implementing the WHO End TB Strategy and the linked WHO TB Elimination Framework with special reference to Oman. Methods The case-study was built based on the presentations and discussion...
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Background: The first confirmed case of MERS in Oman was reported in 2013. This report describes nosocomial spread of MERS-CoV in two regional hospitals in Oman (2019) for the first time involving two HCWs. Aim: Describing outbreak of MERS-Cov with highlight for the challenges contributing to occurrence of secondary transmission. Methods: Outbrea...
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After detection of the first human case of avian influenza A subtype H9N2 in 1998, more than 40 cases were diagnosed worldwide. The spread of the virus, on the other hand, is more remarkable and significant in global poultry populations causing notable economic losses despite its low pathogenicity. Many surveillance studies and activities conducted...

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to estimate the incidence and characterize the spectrum of confirmed bacille Calmette–Guérin (BCG) vaccine-related disease among children in Oman.