UAE doubles budget for buying medicines in 2011

Health minister says fund has increased to AED300m, says extra stocks are now available
UAE doubles budget for buying medicines in 2011
The UAEs Ministry of Health has doubled the fund for purchasing medicines from AED150m last year to 300m for 2011. (Getty Images)
By Andy Sambidge
Sat 09 Apr 2011 10:41 AM

The UAE's Ministry of Health has doubled the fund for purchasing medicines from AED150m last year to 300m for 2011.

Dr Hanif Hassan Ali, Minister of Health, said the ministry initiated contacts with pharmaceutical companies to increase the manufacture of medicines as required by the ministry.

"We immediately began contracting with the specified manufacturers to provide medicines to the medical zones, hospitals and health facilities. The medicines are now available at all the hospitals and health centres for all diseases," the minister said in comments published by state news agency WAM.

At a meeting with directors of medical zones in the UAE, the minister also instructed them to take the necessary action to ensure that all drugs are available at the ministry's facilities.

He added that the soon-to-be completed Wareed computer records system would make a big difference to the "accuracy and efficiency" of medical procedures.

The ministry launched the Wareed project at the beginning of 2009 and is due to be completed this year.

Under the slogan "One folder for every patient", the AED200 million system aims to transform the country's health delivery sector and ensure rapid healthcare delivery.

At the time of the launch, the project was aiming to link 14 hospitals and more than 100 health centres.

"With the completion of Wareed system, all problems related to medical practices and treatment techniques will end. All the medical procedures will done through an automated system with accuracy and efficiency", the minister added.

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