DHA opens new orthotics, prosthetics centre
Dubai, October 21, 2012
Dubai Health Authority director-general, Qadhi Saeed Al Murooshid, today inaugurated a state-of-the-art retail centre for orthotics and prosthetics, located in Rashid Hospital.
The Bauerfeind Centre marks a significant cooperation between the DHA and OTB, a Bauerfeind company, and is aimed to provide the best equipment and services in the field of orthotics and prosthetics, a statement from the Authority said.
Other officials present are the event were Professor Hans Bauerfeind, owner and CEO of Bauerfeind Company; Karl Schmidt, general manager, OTB; Khalid Al Sheikh Mubarak, deputy director-general of the DHA and other senior members.
The new centre is spread over a surface area of 550 sq m and has on display high-quality products to assist those with special needs. It will provide all kind of prosthetics for those with amputations as well as various kinds of equipment to provide support to adults and children suffering from any kind of disability.
OTB has also set up a 200 sq m workshop within the premises of Rashid Hospital and it will provide 25 experienced healthcare professionals from Europe qualified in the field of orthotics and prosthetics, who will be based at the hospital, the statement said.
“The new centre and facilities provide patients that have any kind of disability with access to state-of-the-art treatment facilities as well as high-quality products including artificial limbs. The most important benefit is that now these products will be available locally at competitive prices, ensuring patients do not need to place an order abroad,” Al Murooshid said. “This move will cut the waiting time, thus providing patients who suffer from any kind of disability with easy access to high-quality treatment and care.”
Shawqi Khoory, CEO of Rashid Hospital, said: “At the hospital, we have one of the biggest rehabilitation services in the emirate and the set up of this store helps enhance the services we already offer.”
“As healthcare providers, it is our aim to ensure patients get the best treatment locally and our agreement with OTB provides patients with convenience and ease of service.”
The products available will benefit patients including those with upper and lower amputations, trauma and poly-trauma patients who suffer from any kind of injuries and need orthotic appliances to support their bodily function like walking, patients with spinal cord and brain injuries. Patients with such disabilities need long term care and support and this agreement benefits them in several ways, the statement said.
Other senior members present during the inauguration included Dr Shawqi Khoory; Dr Mohammad Al Olama, CEO of hospital services sector at the DHA; Gamal Naji, director of financial services; Dr Yousuf Al Zarooni, director of purchasing and contracts department at the DHA; Dr Suad Trebinjac, head of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Rashid Hospital and Ghanim Lootah, head of events section at the DHA. – TradeArabia News Service
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