The long-term strategic plan for the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) was launched today in a briefing for the ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
The DHA strategy will operate from now through to 2025, through 43 separate initiatives that are designed to fulfil four goals:
- Prevention and awareness
- Easy of access
It builds on Sheikh Mohammed’s vision of long-term sustainable development of Dubai as a health tourism destination, among patients from throughout the Gulf and internationally.
The DHA also launched a three-phase plan to find urgent solutions for immediate customer service issues, followed by administrative and technical affairs in the medium term and strategic issues in the long term.
On his visit to DHA headquarters, Sheikh Mohammed was accompanied by the Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Deputy Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
During the presentation, Sheikh Mohammed viewed designs for proposed health projects within the strategy, including:
- rebuilding of Rashid Hospital at a total cost of AED 3 billion and with a capacity of 900 beds;
- expanding the current trauma centre to 160 beds;
- expanding the out-patient clinics to 160 treatment rooms;
- establishing new centres for heart, cancer, kidney and cosmetic surgeries;
- building six new specialised centres.
The strategy also envisages two five-star hotels to serve those accompanying patients.
Other future projects viewed by Sheikh Mohammed are the expansion of the Care Home for the Elderly and three other hospitals which include Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Hospital, the Al Maktoum Hospital and the Al Khawaneej Hospital.
Sheikh Mohammed also launched a DHA website for measuring customer satisfaction.
Originally broadcast on Emirates News, 19 May 2013.