Mohammed launches Dubai Health Strategy 2021

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His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launched Dubai Health Strategy 2021, to streamline health sector in Dubai, during a meeting in the Executive Office in the presence of senior officials.

The new strategy features four main approaches, six objectives, 15 programmes and 93 initiatives, all of which are set to achieve a leap over the next five years.

"Dubai is facing a five-year challenge of improving healthcare services and rising to our ambitions and aspirations for establishing Dubai as a main medical destination in the UAE and the wider region where one billion people live around us," Sheikh Mohammed said after he approved the health strategy.

The four approaches include health and lifestyle, excellence in providing service, smart healthcare and governance.

The strategy is aimed at achieving six goals - ensuring a healthy and safe environment for Dubai’s people, ensuring the provision of a high quality comprehensive and integrated health service system, achieving innovation, improving efficiency in providing healthcare, and creating an integrated database to be used for the smart government policy in taking decision.

Other goals include creating an effective ecological system for healthcare sector in Dubai in collaboration with the private and public sectors, in addition to restructuring DHA’s administration.

The launch of the five-year health strategy was attended by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai; Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gargawi, Minister for Cabinet Affairs; Humaid Mohammed Al Qattami, Chairman and Director-General of the DHA; Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Emirates Group and other officials.

The strategy was drafted by 11,000 employees of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), as well as DHA leaders, owners and directors of private health facilities, pharmaceutical and IT companies, companies manufacturing medical formulas and insurance agencies.

 Sheikh Mohammed said the people’s expectations are on the rise because they are used to excellence in various sectors in the UAE.

 “It is everyone’s responsibility to develop this vital sector and we will continuously follow up on the developments. Our confidence in DHA leaders is determined by the volume of progress and development in medical services rendered to the public," he said.

He said, "Our most important investment will be in the DHA medial cadres and staff because they are the real capital due to their knowledge, skills and continued training. We will also build strategic partnerships with the private sector to ensure the consolidation of Dubai as a capital for medical tourism during the coming period."

The strategy’s programmes and goals take into consideration Dubai’s global position as a prosperous and fast-growing city.

The strategy also takes into consideration the emirate’s aspirations to be a global model in the field of health as a city that has a happy and healthy society. This will be achieved through medical and research institutions that use the most advanced technologies and smart applications operated by administrative, medical, technical and nursing cadres.

The authority derived the eight pillars of its strategy from the directives of Shaikh Mohammed, in which he reaffirmed the importance of achieving the highest international standards and providing the highest quality medical care to patients with chronic diseases. The strategy aims to instill a culture of early detection and raising awareness about the importance of regular check-ups, as well as reducing the dangerous impacts of malignant diseases.

Providing continuous training to national medical staff, especially in rare medical disciplines, and finding proper treatments and therapies for incurable diseases are also among the basic pillars of the strategy. The strategy focusses on research and studies that contribute to developing the efficiency of DHA hospitals and their medical and technical staff, as well as keeping abreast of the latest in medical and health sciences.

Dubai’s economic competitiveness to achieve optimal investment of financial and human resources were taken into consideration to attract capital into the health sector.

The strategy also aims to achieve customer satisfaction and protect the rights of patients. It encourages the medical staff to work as a team, excel and innovate, in addition to creating a creative work environment that stimulates innovation. The strategy was developed to keep pace with a knowledge-based economy, sustainability standards, tools of governance and automation of data systems and rules, as well as information related to the latest medical technologies and post-2015 Development Agenda, determined by the United Nations, represented by the World Health Organisation.

Dubai's Health Strategy 2021 features four main approaches, six objectives, 15 programmes and 93 initiatives.

*11,000 employees of DHA participated in drafting the strategy

 *The aim is to provide the highest quality of medical care to patients with chronic diseases

 * Promote a culture of early detection and raise awareness about the importance of regular check-ups

 * The provision of a high quality comprehensive and integrated health service system

 * Research and studies to develop efficiency of DHA hospitals and their medical and technical staff.

Mohammed visits Arab Health Exhibition

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, yesterday visited the 41st edition of Arab Health Exhibition and Congress, which is being held at the Dubai World Trade Centre from January 25th to 28th.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed toured the exhibition which attracted the participation of around 4,000 national companies, a government entity, specialist companies, hospitals, and medical bodies from countries in the Arab region and the world.

Sheikh Mohammed, who was accompanied by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, and Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, was briefed on the latest programmes, innovative medical devices, and health services, especially smart ones, which provide patients access to modern and innovative equipment.

The Ruler of Dubai began his tour at the Health Authority pavilion where he was briefed on the latest smart projects and health services provided to patients in hospitals and clinics throughout the Emirate of Dubai.

He then stopped by the Abu Dhabi Health Authority where he was presented to the most important and innovative health services provided by hospitals, clinics and medical centres, modern medical devices and specialised human cadres working for the authority.

His Highness also visited the world-famous Johns Hopkins Hospital, and was briefed on medical devices and equipment used by the hospital to treat patients and watched demonstrations on how some of this very sophisticated equipment is utilised.

Sheikh Mohammed stressed the importance of organising and hosting such scientific and medical exhibitions in the country, for their role in the promotion of medical tourism in the UAE, contributing directly in the provision of training opportunities and access to cutting-edge medical treatment for the sons and daughters of the country.

Mohammed receives president, board members of Columbia University

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, today received the President and members of the Board of US-based Columbia University at the Executive Office.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gargawi, Minister for Cabinet Affairs, attended the meeting.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid welcomed the university delegation to Dubai, and thanked them for choosing Dubai as the venue for their annual meeting.

During the meeting, Sheikh Mohammed said that the UAE welcomes scientists and scholars as they play a key role in educating humanity and advancing progress.

Sheikh Mohammed highlighted the UAE’s efforts to further enhance access to high-quality education by providing overseas scholarships to its citizens and attracting the world’s best educational institutions to the country.

The Columbia University delegation spoke to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed about the University’s programmes and scientific research. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed praised the University’s alumni, which includes several distinguished global leaders, politicians, economists and Nobel Prize winners.

The President of Columbia University expressed his appreciation for the hospitality and warm welcome he received in Dubai. He said Dubai’s rapid growth and development made it an ideal venue for the University’s annual meeting.

The University delegation had high words of praise for the UAE’s economic achievements and its efforts to provide a supportive environment for innovation and creativity.

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