By Sam Bridge
Minister of Health and Prevention announces plan as UAE launches sixth organ transplant centre
The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP), in partnership with the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU), has launched an organ transplant centre at Al Qassimi Hospital, Sharjah.
The announcement was made during MoHAP’s participation in the Arab Health 2020, which is being held at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
The centre, the sixth in the UAE, is part of the UAE’s aspiration to be a role model, regionally and globally, in the field of human organs and tissues transplantation.
Abdul Rahman Bin Mohammed Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention (MoHAP), said that the UAE and Saudi Arabia are the only two countries in the region that provide organ transplant services.
He revealed that there are future plans to connect all organ transplant centres in the region using an online network.
The centre at Al Qassimi Hospital is also part of the outcomes of the National Program for Organ Donation & Transplantation launched by the UAE in 2018 to regulate and develop transplantation operations, ban trafficking and prevent exploitation of the patient’s or the donor’s needs, said Dr Youssif Al Serkal, Assistant Undersecretary for the Ministry’s Hospitals Sector.
“The opening of this centre would help enhance the government trends in terms of fostering medical tourism and picking up the pace of establishing a national organ bank, in addition to reinforcing the culture of donation and social awareness in that respect.
"This would help mitigate the pain of thousands of patients, alleviate the burden on hospitals, cut down financial costs borne by the country and society, and motivate insurance companies to launch new organ-transplantation-related packages,” he added.
The new centre joins similar facilities licensed at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Mediclinic Dubai and Al Jalila Children's Specialty Hospital and Dubai Hospital.For all the latest health tips & news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.