Muscat - -Health Minister, Dr. Saad al - Nayef discussed with Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Office of the World Health Organization, Dr. Ala Eddin Alwan mutual efforts to meet the health needs of citizens amid the current circumstances in Syria.The two sides agreed during the meeting to set up a technical committee that follows up on the health needs in Syria and accelerating the process of receiving medical aid offered by the Organisation in consistence with the national health needs.The health situation in Syria is still stable, the health minister said, despite mounting challenges due to incessant terrorist attacks against the health institutions by the armed terrorist groups, coupled with the illegal flow of multinational groups into Syria across mutual borders with neighboring countries and the creation of an environment conducive to the spread of infectious and environmental diseases.Al - Nayef stressed the necessity that the WHO embraces regional initiatives such as backing simultaneous immunization campaigns in several countries, especially those that witnessed the emergence of polio viruses, such as Egypt, Palestine and Afghanistan, and adopting adequate strategies to highlight the risks of the reemergence of some diseases in some countries due to regional situation.The minister called for broadening the scope of the WHO support to the health sector in Syria.For his part, Dr. Alwan underlined the WHO interest in backing the Health Ministry ' s efforts to offer services to citizens under the current crisis in Syria, adding that ' ' the organization is aware of the major health risks lying in the illegal movement of individuals into it. ' 'He pointed out that that the positive cooperation of the Health Ministry with the NGOs to meet the health needs found favor with the WHO and the other donating sides.