Dubai kids' hospital to be ready by 2013-end
Dubai, November 25, 2012
Dubai Health Authority (DHA) said the construction at its ambitious 200-bed Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital is progressing well with 51 per cent work already completed and the project is due to open by the end of next year.
A key initiative of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, the hospital will be a gift to the children of the UAE and the region, said a senior DHA official.
The project, which is located in the premises of Latifa Hospital, is a sprawling 100,000 sq m, 200-bed hospital which will contribute to enhancing the Emirate's position as an ideal medical tourism destination.
The hospital will provide the entire range of children's healthcare services including oncology care, nephrology, cardiac care, neonatal care, among others.
"The completion of this project will further raise the quality of health services in the emirate and position Dubai as a leader in healthcare at a regional level. It will be the first-of-its-kind facility in the region offering super-specialty and multi-spectrum paediatric care," remarked Essa Al Maidoor, the DHA director-general after inspecting the work at the hospital.
The hospital, he said, will provide paediatric services for newborns to 16 year olds, and will have several centres of excellence dedicated to oncology, cardiology, mental health, neurology among other specialities. "It will provide all necessary paediatric services under one roof for the children of the UAE and the region," he added.
According to him, the hospital will set new standards of paediatrics in the UAE and the region in general. "
Al Maidoor said the hospital will have 40 incentive care units, six dialysis facilities, 20 healing centres, 12 training rooms, eight operating theatres, 30 clinical and non-clinical departments, 40 outpatient clinics, and 40 bed emergency department, over 3,750 biomedical equipment and fixtures, and a multipurpose activities room for children.
The hospital includes many specialties including, oncology, nephrology cardiology, trauma and emergency, mental health among others, he added.
He also highlighted that the close proximity of the Dubai Cord Blood and Research Centre to the hospital will benefit those children who need cord blood stem cells which is used for treatment of certain some types of cancer and diseases of the blood cell.
He highlighted that the construction of this ambitious project, is in line with the vision of the leadership of Dubai to provide state-of-the-art healthcare for all sections of the society and to provide specialised healthcare within the Emirate itself.
"The hospital is designed keeping in mind several innovative concepts whereby the design and construction aspects are integrated with the healing process. Of the total area, nearly half has been dedicated for gardens and landscaping including a 'healing garden' with bright flowering shrubs and herbs and medicinal plants," he added.-TradeArabia News Service