Dubai, United Arab Emirates: The Ministry of Health and Prevention, MoHAP, discussed in a virtual meeting with the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne the prospects for mutual cooperation in the high-quality health care for pediatrics and the role of innovation in developing children’s health services, research, and training courses in accordance with the highest international practices.
The meeting was attended by HE Dr. Nariman Al-Mulla, Consul General of the UAE in Melbourne, HE Dr. Youssif Al Serkal, Director-General of the Emirates Health Services Corporation, Dr. Kalthoum Al Baloushi, Director of MoHAP’s Hospitals Administration, Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al-Sharif, Director of the MoHAP’s Visiting Consultants Office.
From Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, present were John Stanway, Chief Executive Officer, Jane Miller, Chief Operating Officer, and Alison Erie, Executive Public Relations Director.
The meeting also touched on the importance of building a strategic partnership in pediatrics and attracting visiting doctors in rare specialties.
Making use of global expertise
HE Dr. Youssif Al Serkal said the meeting reviewed the prospects for cooperation in the innovation in pediatrics health care and medical technology solutions, as part of MoHAP’s endeavors to keep pace with the best practices and innovations in pediatrics.
“We’ve also discussed the possibility of attracting visiting doctors from the Royal Hospital to make the most of their expertise in providing medical consultations and rare treatments, thanks to the hospital’s 150-year of experience in this specialty,” he added.
Al Serkal underlined: “building partnerships with long-established medical institutions would pave the way for better treatment results, in line with MoHAP’s strategy to develop healthcare services and strengthen quality systems and therapeutic and health safety in accordance with the best international standards.”
Al Serkal threw light on MoHAP’s pediatrics innovative projects carried out in the ministry-run 17 hospitals, in particular, Al Qassimi Women’s & Children’s Hospital. These projects focus on pediatric open-heart surgeries, fetal medicine, and newborn healthcare.
He also referred to innovative projects being implemented by the ministry in cooperation with the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at the children's National Center in Washington, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphiain the USA, and with medical teams from Belarus; lauding the success of the ministry's hospitals in winning a number of international awards in the field of health informatics and health data management.
Building fruitful relations
For their part, the Australian side expressed their desire to cooperate with the ministry, build fruitful relationships and share expertise. They also expressed their interest to coordinate several health care projects and programs provided by the Royal Children’s Hospital and support the visiting doctors program with expert consultants.