UAE-France discuss healthcare collaboration
Dubai, February 26, 2014
A UAE delegation discussed with a French minister the importance of building co-operation and effective partnership between both the countries in various healthcare fields.
The delegation was headed by Essa Al Maidoor, Director-General of the Dubai Health Authority(DHA), who met with Pierre Sellal, Secretary General of the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs during his tour to France.
The meeting was attended by Hamad Obaid Ibrahim Al Zaabi, UAE deputy Chargé d'affaires for France and a number of high ranking officials.
The two sides discussed co-operation particularly in the field of medical education, genetic mapping and methods to identify and combat infectious viruses.
“We welcome the DHA’s initiative to send DHA staff to medical universities, research universities and hospitals in France for further education. We guarantee to provide support to the professionals coming from the UAE,” said Sellal.
He said the two sides will collaborate in the field of medical research and keeping the needs of the Emirate in mind, will a special focus in the field of thalassemia, neurosurgery and viral infections.
The DHA, WHO, and medical universities in France will be linked so that they can effectively identify and tackle any infectious viruses, ahead of Dubai’s hosting of the Expo 2020 where more than 60 million people are expected to visit the emirate, said Sellal.
Al Maidoor said that he was pleased with the meaningful collaboration between Dubai and France.
The DHA aims to strengthen medical research in the emirate and that the authority is pleased to have signed agreements with prestigious French medical universities during this tour, he said.
Al Maidoor and senior officials from the DHA will be heading to Netherlands and Germany as part of the European leg of their tour, he added. - TradeArabia News Service