Healthcare & Medicine

Work begins on Bahrain hospital in Somalia

The foundation stone for Bahrain Specialist Hospital has been laid in Somalia's capital Mogadishu and its building agreement signed. On the directives of His Majesty King Hamad, honorary president of the Royal Charity Organisation (RCO), and under the patronage of RCO board of directors chairman Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, RCO secretary-general Dr. Mustafa Al Sayed laid the stone. The hospital is the first development project in the country in the last 20 years. The Somali health minister announced that the National Ophthalmology Centre in Mogadishu will be re-named "Bahrain National Ophthalmology Centre" in recognition of the King's support of Somali people and his continuous humanitarian initiatives. He said that the funds were raised through the BH4Somalia campaign spearheaded by the Information Affairs Authority, led by its president Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa. He praised support accorded to RCO by the Health Ministry and the Bahrain Red Crescent. Source: TradeArabia News Service

Abu Dhabi seals Korean hospital deal

Abu Dhabi Health Authority said it has signed strategic agreements with four of leading South Korean hospitals for the full-scale referral of patients from the emirate to these hospitals. The hospital service agreement is the first-of-its-kind to be made by Korean government with a foreign country and aims to boost collaboration in a patient treatment-reference system with Abu Dhabi. Under this deal, the four hospitals - Samsung Seoul, Seoul National University, Asian Medical Center and Seoul St. Mary's Hospital - will send bills to the Health Authority-Abu Dhabi, within six months of providing medical services to patients. The Health Authority-Abu Dhabi will then pay all bills in Korean currency through the UAE Embassy in Seoul within 45 days of a request being submitted. The Health Authority-Abu Dhabi is now selecting the first group of patients to be sent for treatment to Korea, said the chairman of the board of directors Mohammed Sultan Al Hameli and CEO Zaid Daoud Al Siksek during the signing ceremony in Seoul. Source: Forbes Special Report

Bahrain to open fifth nutrition clinic

Bahrain's fifth specialized nutrition clinic is expected to open in the coming months to promote healthy lifestyles, said a top official. However, the location is yet to be confirmed as the clinic could open its doors in either Manama or Riffa. "It will open either in Manama or Riffa in the coming months," said Health Ministry public health directorate nutrition section head Dr. Nadia Gharib. The ministry runs four nutrition clinics at the National Bank of Bahrain Health Centre in Dair, Arad, Hamad Town and East Riffa. The clinics help patients tackle obesity, diabetes and hypertension as they are examined by a team of experts, dieticians and health education specialists. Source: Gulf Daily News

UAE's healthcare firms 'facing growth snags'

Despite strong support from the UAE government, private healthcare providers still face significant challenges to operate and grow in the Emirates, said a report. One of the key limitations to development is the lack of standardization of regulations across the country and the various stages of healthcare development of each Emirate, according to Deloitte Middle East’s newly released 2011 Survey of the UAE healthcare sector. Other challenges explored in the report, include the attraction, retention and development of qualified healthcare professionals, the cost and complexity of regulation requirements and licensing, and a lack of confidence in the UAE’s health system coupled with high treatment cost which represent the main sources of UAE outbound medical tourism. Source: TradeArabia News Service

Special zone for Bahrain clinics planned

Private medical facilities could be soon allowed to open in a designated strip in the Central Governorate. The Central Municipal Council has approved an urgent proposal by Central Municipality director-general Dr. Mohammed Hassan to allow private medical businesses to open on Al Estiqlal Highway, Buhair. The facilities, which will range from specialized hospitals to clinics, will start from near the Al Estiqlal Walkway and extend to the petrol station. "It is planning for the future as we work to get a designated area for private medical services, which we believe Buhair could be the best for," said Dr. Hassan. Source: TradeArabia News Service

Dubai to host emergency medicine summit

The 1st Global Network Conference on Emergency Medicine, the largest conference for professionals in Emergency Medicine will be held in Dubai from January 13 to 17. It is being endorsed by the European Society of Emergency Medicine (EuSEM), the International Federation of Emergency Medicine (IFEM), the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Society of Emergency Medicine (SAEM) alongside other international and regional societies. Over 1,500 delegates from across the region are expected at the summit, which will promote the specialty of Emergency Medicine as a recognized discipline and a primary specialty. The conference will host an invited faculty of 77 speakers from France, Sweden, Australia, the US, Belgium, Bahrain, Spain, Saudi Arabia, Italy, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Iran in addition to the presidents of local and regional related societies. The event will feature six pre-conference workshops followed by a three-day summit with three tracks covering Intensive Care, Cardiovascular, Disaster Medicine, Pediatric Emergencies, Trauma, Sepsis and Ultrasound. Source: AMEInfo

GCC healthcare sector to be worth $44 billion in 2015

The GCC healthcare market is projected to grow at an annual rate of 11% to $43.9 billion by 2015 from an estimated $25.6 billion in 2010, according to a recent report. Outpatient and inpatient markets are expected to account for 82% and 18%, respectively, of the overall market size, said the latest GCC Healthcare industry report from Alpen Capital, a leading corporate advisory services provider. The report encompasses profiles of each GCC country and highlights the existing market scenario in the healthcare sector. In addition, the study covers profiles of major publicly-listed and private firms including details about their performance and market position. Source: TradeArabia News Service