Author: Renee-Marie Stephano
Health officials in Dubai have launched a long-term strategy to build upon a vision for making the Arab nation a top destination for medical tourism around the world.
The vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and the ruler of Dubai was briefed on the sustainable development plan that incorporates prevention and awareness; easy access to health services; quality; and investment and competitiveness through 43 initiatives backed by an enhanced control plan and key performance indicators.
Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum spoke with Isa Al Maidour, director general of the Dubai Health Authority, who urged a three-phased approach beginning with solutions to customer service challenges, followed by technical affairs, and concluding with strategic issues.
900-Bed Hospital Planned
The DHA plan includes designs for proposed health projects, such as the rebuilding of Rashid Hospital at a total cost of $3 billion and with a capacity of 900 beds, expanding the current trauma centre to 160 beds, increasing out-patient clinics to 160 treatment rooms, establishing new centers for heart, cancer, kidney and cosmetic surgeries and the addition of six new specialized facilities.
Shaikh Mohammed says he also envisions two five-star hotels to serve those who accompany patients.
Other future projects include the expansion of the Care Home for the Elderly and another three hospitals anticipated to be named the Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Hospital, the Al Maktoum Hospital and the Al Khawaneej Hospital.