DHA to support annual health awards 2018

Strict criteria to choose private and public sector health professionals.

Dubai: With boom in medical tourism and augmentation of health care services, and to benchmark the health sector, the Dubai Health Authority on Sunday announced a collaboration with Thumbay Group for annual health awards 2018.

The awards seeks to invite health care professionals to send nominations for the second edition of awards.

Humaid Al Qutami, the chairman of the board and director general of DHA, said the awards reflect competitiveness of Dubai in various fields, including health.

The nomination for the awards opens in November and will close in January 2018. The award ceremony will be held on February 26 next year.

The award that honours exceptional contributions and innovations in health care throughout UAE is the brain child of Thumbay Moiuddin, and has begun with honouring the country’s health care professionals. it is poised to go regional and eventually global, said Moiuddin.

The UAE over the last few decades has incorporated global best practices in the health care sector. This sector is forecasted to grow by nearly Dh17 billion by 2020. This is a first award of its kind that was conceived to honour and recognise the private sector health care contributors along with the public health sector workers. People in the UAE want to know what are the top health care facilities and who are the excellent contributors. While this award is setting up those standards we are also in the process of compiling an exhaustive list of the 100 best health care services that include public and private sector hospitals, physiotherapy units, pharmacies, clinics in the UAE based on a survey we are conducting. This survey will look at customer satisfaction and facilities in rating the places and serve as a ready reckoner for all residents.

Dr Ajit Nagpal, chairman and director general of Amity Univeristy and chairman of the six-member jury for the award added: The award has 14 corporate and nine individual categories where groups or individuals can be nominated online on www.healthmagazine.ae/awards. Each category has strict selection criteria and a panel of six jury members as well as 20 independent assessors will arbitrate over the selection. This year the award panel has also included interviews and site visits to be extra vigilant in selecting the most deserving candidate.

Jury members include Dr Maryam Matar, chairperson  – UAE Genetic Diseases Association, Dr Mouza Abdullah Al Sharhan, head of pathology, Dubai Hospital and president of Emirates Medical Association, Dr Fuzan Al Khalidi, Director of Health Care Strategy and Policy, the Prime Minister’s Office, and Dr Muna Abdul Razzaq Tahlak, CEO, Latifa Hospital.

by Suchitra Bajpai Chaudhary, Senior Reporter
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