Sheikh Mohammed at a children's hospital.-Image/Wam
UAE among global top 30 in quality healthcare
ABU DHABI, January 3, 2017
The UAE has made it to the list of top 30 countries in the world for its quality health care based on three counts: fundamental healthcare, infrastructure and preventive healthcare, said a report.
The year 2016 saw the emirates secure the 28th position in the healthcare quality indicator, up from 34th slot in 2015, according to state news agency Wam.
To achieve various health-related goals set in the National Agenda and the UAE Vision 2021, all public and private hospitals in the UAE are to obtain accreditation by fulfilling all national and international standards, ensuring good quality services and an adequate number of medical personnel, it stated.
The move is in keeping with the directives of Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The UAE has declared its National Agenda indicators and set up executive teams to implement them, it added.
The National Agenda aims to promote preventive measures, reduce instances of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiac diseases and cancer, cut down smoking and obesity in children, and work towards increasing longevity.
It is aimed at putting the UAE in the list of the world’s best countries in terms of the quality of healthcare, said the Wam report.
The Legatum Institute for Prosperity, which issues this indicator, covers 149 countries and measures the quality of healthcare services on three counts: fundamental healthcare, infrastructure and preventive healthcare, and the level of satisfaction with mental and physical healthcare services.
Results showed that most of the residents answered "no" when asked if they suffer from health problems that prevent them from doing their work. The response took the UAE to the top position internationally in this sub-indicator.
In case of another sub-indicator about the level of satisfaction about healthcare services, the UAE soared to the ninth position globally, thus joining the top 10 countries in the world whose people expressed satisfaction about the healthcare services.
The results reflected that UAE society enjoys good mental and physical health, said the Wam report.
The number of accredited health facilities in the UAE rose from 46.8 percent in 2014 to 55 percent in 2015.
Accreditation is a UAE indicator to measure the level of compliance of public and private hospitals with national and international standards, it stated.
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) put the number of diabetic patients in the UAE in 2015 at 19.3 per cent of the population, making it the best state in the GCC after Oman, which accounted for 14.8 per cent of its population who suffered from this condition.