The Health Council discusses ways to enhance integration and coordination, develop the health system, and promote the competitiveness of the UAE

Published Tuesday, 20 February 2024

The UAE Health Council, comprising health authorities and representatives from the private health sector, has discussed pivotal health initiatives and projects aimed at bolstering healthcare services across the country.

During a meeting chaired by HE Abdulrahman bin Mohamed Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention (MoHAP), the council discussed the latest developments related to the establishment of a unified platform for health professionals' registration and licensing services and reviewed the project aimed at setting up a national center for epidemic prevention.

The meeting also explored the potential creation of the “Emirates Council for Healthcare Facility Accreditation" and engaged in discussions regarding the Public Health Law and the Control of Communicable Diseases. It touched on the Scholarship Platform project, which seeks to facilitate international study opportunities in the field of health sciences. Additionally, the meeting touched upon the Health Cloud project.

Attended by HE Mansoor Ibrahim Al Mansoori, Chairman of the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DoH), and HE Awad Saghir Al Ketbi, Director-General of Dubai Health Authority, as well as representatives of public and private health entities, the gathering aimed not only to bolster integration and coordination in the implementation of healthcare initiatives and projects but also promote collective work towards achieving the nation's healthcare objectives while also laying the foundation for a future healthcare roadmap in the UAE.

The assembly outlined the UAE's notable achievements in the healthcare sector and reviewed its progress in global competitiveness indicators, driven by the wise leadership's support and directives to promote community health standards and quality of life.

Also addressed was the UAE's forward-looking approach aimed at developing an advanced healthcare system that incorporates innovative methods for healthcare service delivery in line with the country’s overarching vision for the next fifty years.

Council Responsibilities

The UAE Health Council is responsible for regulating collaboration among federal and local authorities involved in healthcare provision, along with the private health sector, to achieve seamless integration that would promote the standard of healthcare services throughout the country. The council also analyses common challenges confronting the healthcare sector and devises appropriate strategies in close coordination with relevant authorities.

It also assumes the responsibility of evaluating draft laws, regulations, and directives pertaining to the healthcare sector. It subsequently submits recommendations to the competent authorities while actively promoting scientific research and studies in the field.

In addition to these responsibilities, the council organizes medical conferences and seminars, offering support for ongoing medical education programs in line with the overarching objectives of public health policies. Additionally, the council plays a pivotal role in formulating educational policies for the development of health and medical sciences in the country, working closely with relevant authorities. It also fosters collaboration between federal and local healthcare institutions and authorities, as well as with Arab, regional, and international organizations dedicated to health-related matters.

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