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HAAD Raises Awareness on Healthcare Disaster Preparedness

The Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HA-AD), the regulatory body of the sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, emphasized the importance of information exchange and coordination with other organizations as a key to continuing function of during disasters and emergencies.

Showcasing its role in planning and managing medical resources for large scale emergencies and crisis, HAAD presented its response to H1N1 incident during the Crisis and Emergency Management Conference 2010 (CEMC), held at the Emirate Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) in Abu Dhabi

H.E. Engineer Zaid AL Siksek, CEO of HAAD said: “Strong is equal to strong disaster and emergency response, HAAD is developing a highly coordinated and efficient emergency response system that works in tandem with the healthcare facilities to quickly and effectively treat casualties in case of emergencies and disasters across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi

Through our 24/7 operations center and incident command system, HAAD monitors the status of healthcare resources and coordinates the healthcare response for the Emirate in disaster and emergency”, H.E. added.

HAAD speakers at CEMC 2010 presented HAAD’s response to H1N1, command and control in disaster, emergency management programs in healthcare and the need for pre-hospital care including search and rescue, medicine in disasters, medical incident planning for mass gatherings.

Obaid Ghassb Al Ameri, Head of Emergency and Disaster Management at HAAD said: “HAAD is responsible for healthcare response to major incidents, disasters and large scale public emergencies for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, identifying the healthcare resources and facilities through HAAD’s 24/7 incident management operations centre which has significantly contributed to the response and management of H1N1 in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The healthcare facilities were identified and provided with the necessary tools and resources to serve the public.

“There is an increasing awareness in the UAE on the importance of emergency and crisis preparedness, the National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA), is playing an important role in systemizing the UAE’s response to emergency and crisis through building relationships, capacity and above all bringing all the necessary parties together to discuss collaboration and cooperation is this area”, Al Ameri added.

CEMC 2010 aimed at to raising awareness and educating both key industry authorities and the community on the systems and processes which will be employed during an emergency or crisis.

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