Revealed: how the UAE aims to save more premature babies

Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has revealed plans to introduce a womb-like incubator in local hospitals
Revealed: how the UAE aims to save more premature babies
Tests showed that the womb-like device supports gestation for as long as 28 days.
By Sam Bridge
Wed 30 Jan 2019 03:05 PM

The UAE's Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has revealed plans to introduce a womb-like incubator that could greatly minimise lifelong impacts of severe infant prematurity.

In cooperation with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the new equipment will support neonatology units in hospitals around the country and is an investment in the future of healthcare services, said Dr Youssef Mohammed Al Serkal, Assistant Undersecretary for the Hospitals Sector.

The incubator was announced during Arab Health 2019, which is currently being held in Dubai, state news agency WAM reported.

Al Serkal confirmed the significance of cooperating with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in promoting the quality of healthcare services, particularly when caring for premature babies.

Dr Kuthum Al Bloushi, head of the Hospitals Department at MoHAP, said the incubator "is a unique milestone in minimising lifelong impacts of severe infant prematurity worldwide".

Tests showed that the womb-like device supports gestation for as long as 28 days, as babies grew normally, preventing lung and brain damage that is common in severely premature infants.

Madeline Bell, president and CEO, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, said: "It is our spirit of shared innovation with partners such as the UAE that ensures every child is given the best treatment options available. We are committed to provide new and innovative solutions, by fast-tracking discoveries that may one day prevent the lifelong challenges the tiniest babies face when born prematurely."

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