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Laszlo Svinger

62pc of UAE residents would prioritise healthcare: 3M

DUBAI, 24 days ago

Some 62% of UAE residents say ensuring equal access to quality healthcare is a top priority for society in the next five years, says a study by 3M, a science and innovation firm.
 
Following the pandemic and the amazingly rapid response from the scientific community, SOSI (State of Science Index) data now shows that around the world the overwhelming majority (97%) of people believe that science can solve some of the biggest societal challenges. 
 
In the UAE that figure is 99%. Meanwhile, pre-pandemic in 2019, 42% of SOSI respondents globally who said they did not find science boring were interested in it because it was going to solve world issues.
 
Residents' priorities
Beyond the pandemic, when residents in the UAE were asked what four healthcare advances, they thought science should prioritise, they said:
*Vaccines for future pandemics (54%)
*Cures for chronic disease (50%)
*Addressing mental health issues (48%)
*Addressing the root causes/social drivers of health issues (48%).
 
Health equity
Laszlo Svinger, Vice-President and Managing Director MEA at 3M commented: “The pandemic put a spotlight on the state of healthcare and our latest State of Science Index shows a desire for urgent improvements to health equity. That means getting us all to a standardised level of health right across society. 
 
“Our data shows that residents in the UAE believe that personalised medicine (43%) and use of artificial intelligence (AI), data analytics and digital health records to track and improve patient health outcomes (43% vs. 33% globally) should be among the top healthcare advancements should science prioritise. As we look towards the future, 99% of residents want science to help solve our biggest societal challenges.”-- TradeArabia News Service  
 



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