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Dubai launches Disaster Medicine Program

Dubai launches Disaster Medicine Program

Initiative aimed at enhancing the city’s healthcare readiness and bolstering its public health safety system in preparation for potential medical emergencies.

Abu Dhabi

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) Sunday launched the “Dubai Disaster Medicine Program”, an initiative aimed at enhancing the city’s healthcare readiness and bolstering its public health safety system in preparation for potential medical emergencies.

The program aims to raise the city’s medical response capacity during disasters, emergencies and crises through a unified and internationally accredited approach aligned with the practices of leading global institutions.

The launch of the program follows its accreditation by the European Centre for Disaster Medicine and the American College of Surgeons, among other accrediting bodies.

This initiative is designed to support and enhance the healthcare sector’s capabilities in Dubai and ensure the highest preparedness to address any health crises or disasters. Additionally, it seeks to bolster Dubai’s resilience index and cultivate a culture of crisis and disaster management within the community.

Developed in collaboration with the UAE’s Medical Preparedness and Response Program, ‘Jaheziya’, the new program also aims to standardize disaster medicine training and consolidate reliable information sources.

Awadh Seghayer Al Ketbi, Director-General of the Dubai Health Authority, highlighted Dubai’s goal to set global benchmarks in healthcare excellence. “With its state-of-the-art medical facilities, advanced technologies, smart solutions, and highly skilled workforce, Dubai aims to maintain the highest levels of public health security.” Al Ketbi highlighted that DHA remains committed to working diligently to ensure the sustainability of the city’s healthcare security.

Designed in response to global health challenges, which require strategies to rapidly and effectively manage crises and emergent health issues, the accredited program aims to position Dubai as a destination that offers premium healthcare and a high standard of living.

Dr. Khaled Abdullah Lootah, a Public Health Consultant and Head of the Disaster Management Office at the DHA emphasized that the program aims to further enhance expertise in the field of disaster medicine and crisis management among Dubai’s government and private hospitals, including medical and technical support staff and nursing personnel.

Dr. Al Ajami explained that the Dubai Disaster Medicine Program represents a significant leap in building capacities, readiness, and preparedness for frontline healthcare workers in the government and private healthcare sector.

This unified and internationally accredited approach is endorsed by leading specialized medical training centers. He noted that the Jaheziya program was launched through a joint initiative by the Fakhr Al Watan Office and UAE Doctors to develop skills for the frontline defence team and enhance their preparedness in line with the highest international standards.

He commended the DHA’s leadership for their efforts to enhance human resources in the healthcare sector, particularly in the areas of medical emergency response, disasters, and crises. He also noted their success in developing a large base of academically and practically trained and qualified medical professionals.

Published under the International Cooperation Protocol with Middle East Business | Life Magazine



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