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DHA Implements Future Healthcare Projects

Qadhi Saeed Al Murooshid, Director General of the Dubai Health Authority recently in a press interview announced that the Dubai Health Authority () has implemented future projects for the Emirate of Dubai worth Dhs3.67bn.

Al Murooshid said that in line with the DHA’s strategy to meet the healthcare needs of the Emirate now and in future and that is the implementation of the projects is going on in full swing.

Al Murooshid said that each project has a specific purpose and will satisfy the medical needs of the population of Dubai.

Increasing bed space and capacity

Al Murooshid said Dubai has a clear plan with regard to its healthcare requirement and projects. “We are working at all levels to access capacity requirements and fulfil them. In the next two years, the projects that we currently have in our pipeline will increase our bed space by 650 beds. In addition to the DHA projects, the upcoming private sector projects will also increase bed capacity by an additional 500 beds.”

Hatta Hospital

Al Murooshid said all the new projects have been meticulously planned to address specific healthcare needs of the people, keeping in mind the geographical location where such facilites are needed and looking into specific healthcare planning areas such as capacity building. For instance, of the new projects being implemented, the Hatta hospital which has a capacity of 93 beds, will serve the population living in the rural area of Hatta.

Al Murooshisd said that the hospital premises will have a residential area for their staff and will provide accommodation to over 400 doctors, administrators, nurses and technical staff working in the hospital.

He added that for certain categories, recruitment opportunities will be given the residents of Hatta and the surrounding areas.

The hospital is expected to become operational in the next two months.

The hospital will be equipped with an emergency section, an x-ray section, a dental section, an out-patient clinic, a pharmacy, an ICU section and a new born and paediatric care section.

The Elderly Rehabilitation Centre in Al Safa

Al Murooshid said of the Dhs3.67bn projects, the healthcare project which will be completed by the end of this year is a specialised geriatric rehabilitation centre located in Al Safa II area.

The 7000 sq mts centre, will be equipped with suites, a physiotherapy section, a fitness area, a praying and an entertainment room.

Al Maktoum Hospital for Accident and Emergencies

To cater to the emergency needs of the population living in the newer Dubai areas, Al Murooshid said the DHA is building a state-of-the-art accident and emergency hospital in Jabel Ali.

The Al Maktoum Hospital for accidents and emergencies in Jebel Ali shall be a 945,000 square feet hospital, with 300 beds when completed in February 2012.

The six-floor hospital will be equipped with a surgery section, accident and emergency section, radiology suite, training and development section, an ICU( Intensive Care Unit) for men and women and a separate ICU for children, operating rooms, a critical care section and a day care section, a pharmacy, a medical laboratory, a helipad, respiratory units and a prayer room.

Al Jalila Hospital

The other specialised healthcare project which won the best project in the future healthcare projects category at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona this year is the Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital.

The 200 bed hospital located in the Al Wasl hospital premises, is 7, 21,181 square feet, of which 5,38,195 sq ft has been allocated for external terraces and gardens.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2011.

The dedicated paediatric hospital is the only ongoing project of its kind in the region and will cater to children from birth up to 14 years of age and in some cases up to 16 years of age.

The four-floor hospital will be equipped with neonatal ICU, a dialysis unit, a heart centre, CICU, PICU, a cath lab, operating rooms, an oncology centre, a nephrology unit, four medical surgery units, royal suites, accommodation facilities for parents and other such facilities.

Al Murooshid said that the hospital will cater to all paediatric emergency cases expect accident cases.

Building more primary healthcare centres

He also mentioned that the DHA is working to build more health centres across Dubai and as part of its strategy to provide basic healthcare to all areas in the Emirate of Dubai.

He said the DHA will soon open up three new health centres in the year 2010.

Three primary health centres

These include the Nad Al Hamr Health Centre, the Mizher Health Centre and the Barsha Health Centre.

Al Murooshid said that the number of outpatients across the three DHA hospitals- Rashid Hospital, Al Wasl Hospital and Dubai Hospital has increased significantly.

He said that there has also been a 15% increase in the number of medical fitness tests, and therefore the DHA opened two new medical fitness centres- the Knowledge Village Centre and DIFC centre to cope with the rise in demand for this service.

Public Private Partnerships and Investment in Healthcare

Al Murooshid also spoke about the DHA’s strategy to foster public private partnerships (PPPs) and to encourage the private sector to invest in healthcare. “It has been the DHA’s strategy to work with the private sector who is our key stakeholder.”

Presently he said the private sector owns 57% of hospitals and 54% of outpatient facilities in Dubai. Al Murooshid said, “Our aim is that by 2015 that DHA should own and operate only 30% of the hospitals and that the private sector will operate the remaining 70%.

“The DHA will focus on specialized healthcare services such as developing trauma and emergency care, establishing speciality centres and will work with the private sector to support them in cases where the investment they need to undertake is huge.

“The DHA will focus on those areas where there is a need to establish health services. We do not believe in duplicating existing services because our aim as the strategic and principle health authority for the Emirate of Dubai is to reach out to the community and provide them with the best possible services and international level of care.”

Regulation and the need to focus on international accreditation

With regard to regulation, Al Murooshid said that regulation plays a key role to ensure that the quality of both the private and the public hospitals is up to the requisite standards. “Let me strongly emphasize that both the private and the public sector healthcare facilities are treated equally. While on one hand it is imperative for us to ensure that we monitor and regulate the health sector of Dubai, on the other hand it is equally important to understand their needs and the challenges they face.

“Keeping this in mind the DHA Health Regulation has begun reengaging with the private sector through its extensive stakeholder engagement program in which it will meet 18 private sector hospitals to gather feedback, address concerns and better understand their requirements.”

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