Emirati-German Healthcare Congress commenced today at Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Academic Medical Centre, in Dubai Healthcare City and will continue till March 6, 2013.
A number of officials and experts in the fields of medicine and healthcare from the UAE, Germany and other Arab countries will be present at the Congress.
The congress is being held under the patronage of Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Owais, the Minister of Culture, Youth, and Community Development and Acting Minister of Health in the United Arab Emirates, and Mrs. Cornelia Pruefer-Storcks, Senator of Health and Consumer Protection of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg,
The conference was opened by Dr. Amin Al Amiri, Assistant Undersecretary for Medical Practices and Licenses at the Ministry of Health, in the presence of numerous Healthcare leaders.
During his opening speech Dr. Amin Al Amiri pointed into attention of the UAE government to support the healthcare sector and to encourage international investment in this domain. He also indicated the importance of the strong relationship between the United Arab Emirates and Germany in the medical field, and the significance of such conferences. Not only are they important in attracting global expertise in different medical fields but are also beneficial for UAE nationals who work in the medical field in particular, and the Gulf in general in terms of enhancing their experiences and improve their capabilities and skills.
Dr. Amin Al Amiri furthermore praised the joint cooperation between the Ministry of Health and Germany, especially the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, saying that the conference is a model of the strategic partnership between health and educational institutions. He also highlighted the participation of more than ten University Hospitals from the United Arab Emirates and Germany, in addition to health bodies operating in the country, and the Ministry of Health.
The German-Emirati Healthcare congress headed by Prof. Dr. Christian Juergens, medical director at the emergency hospital Hamburg (BUKH) addresses several topics including healthcare-management, education, orthopaedic surgery and trauma, gastroenterology, interventional cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery, glands’ disorders and endocrine surgery, breast surgery, interventional radiology and diabetes.
In her opening remarks the Undersecretary of Health and Consumer Protection Mrs. Elke Badde pointed out a brochure featuring the City of Hamburg as a destination for international patient care for visitors from the Gulf. “This brochure is based on an idea of His Excellency Minister Al Owais at last year’s Arab Health exhibition and presents information about Hamburg hospitals and tourist attractions in Arabic and in English”, she added.
“The healthcare provision in our city is excellent. There are around 50 hospitals with nearly 12,000 beds. Every year, close to 450,000 patients are treated. The hospitals employ more than 27.000 people to ensure a high standard of treatment. Within the ambulant sector, there are more than 10,000 doctors. This infrastructure is not only beneficial for the inhabitants of Hamburg, but also for international patients” she said.
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