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Hamdan bin Mohammed opens Dubai Health Forum 2022

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DUBAI, 2nd March, 2022 (WAM) — Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, opened the fourth edition of the two-day Dubai Health Forum.

The opening ceremony of the Forum was attended by Abdul Rahman bin Mohammad Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention; Dr. Lia Tadesse, Minister of Health of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia; Helal Saeed Al Marri, Director General of Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism; Awadh Seghayer Al Ketbi, Director General of the Dubai Health Authority; and Khalifa bin Dray, Executive Director of the Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services.

The event brings together highly respected decision makers, health practitioners, industry experts, scientists, doctors, health specialists and innovators and showcases game-changing advances in health and wellbeing.

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed reviewed the progress of the Dubai Health Authority’s ambitious project to develop a global centre for heart diseases and surgery in Dubai. Al Ketbi briefed His Highness in detail on the project. The project, which aims to create a prestigious world-class centre for the treatment of heart diseases, will be equipped with the latest technologies and smart equipment and staffed with highly specialised doctors.

Sheikh Hamdan was also briefed on Rashid Hospital’s Control and Follow-up Centre for Cardiology that specialises in following up on the progress of heart patients in their homes after they receive treatment at the hospital. Smart monitoring conducted by the Centre will be facilitated through a set of smart devices that monitor the patient’s pulse, oxygen saturation, blood sugar levels and other vital indicators, which allow doctors to assess the state of the patient. The Crown Prince of Dubai also viewed Rashid Hospital’s equipment for robot-assisted catheterisation operations, which performs cardiac catheterisation with a high rate of accuracy and safety.

Sheikh Hamdan also reviewed the latest smart technologies used by the Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services including the region’s first ever deployment of paramedic eye technology. The technology allows ambulance paramedics to send audio and video with information on patients from the site directly to doctors in hospitals so that they can make preparations for their treatment.

H.H. was briefed by Shamma Abdullah bin Hammad, Director of Medical Affairs at Dubai Ambulance, on the smart reader technology used by Dubai Ambulance to identify patients. The Crown Prince was also briefed on the smart board at the Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services, which monitors the movement of ambulances in Dubai.

Later during his tour, Sheikh Hamdan was briefed on the robot-assisted technology for knee and joint surgery used by the Orthocure Center for Orthopedic and Joint Surgery in Dubai, the only centre where the technology is being used outside the United States. Dr. Ali Al Balooshi, Consultant Orthopedic and Joint Surgeon, provided an overview of the technology and its benefits.

On this occasion, Al Ketbi expressed his deepest gratitude to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, for his patronage of the Forum.

“The global impact of COVID-19 and the experience of dealing with the pandemic has highlighted the value of exchanging experiences and expertise. We need to promote stronger relations between health institutions, enhance research, constantly improve professional practices and expand the use of smart technologies and solutions. The Dubai Health Forum, which champions these goals, continues to create platforms to support the global, regional and local industry in achieving these aims. The global health community is currently focused on creating an integrated system capable of facing challenges, dealing with emergency situations and enhancing people’s wellbeing,” he said.

“By bringing together leading experts, the Forum offers exceptional opportunities to discuss such vital topics and forge a unified global vision for healthcare sustainability and human wellbeing,” he added.

More than 2,000 participants, including 60 speakers, representing more than 30 countries, are participating in the Forum. The event features more than 30 sessions, in addition to a range of training workshops, lectures and discussions. Discussions being held at the Forum over two days are grouped under 10 main themes. Vital topics being discussed include the COVID-19 pandemic, the new normal, the path to recovery, vaccination, effective post-pandemic care, sustainable development of the healthcare industry, the role of the media in the COVID-19 pandemic, digital health, genomics, space medicine, big data and artificial intelligence, value-based care and health economics.

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