UAE—The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has announced a fundamental overhaul to the emirate’s health security infrastructure, establishing a Disaster and Crisis Management Office as an important component of its organisational structure.

According to local news site Zawya, the major goal of this new agency is to improve the health sector’s preparation, expand its skills, and equip it to efficiently manage any emergency crisis.

In addition to managing the creation and administration of emergency, crisis, and disaster systems, the office will take on a variety of other tasks to strengthen community health security.

This was made during the International Conference and Exhibition for Relief and Development (Dihad), which began on April 23 through to April 26 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Dr. Khalid Abdullah Lootah, a public health expert and the Disaster Management Office’s director, stressed that the office would be strengthened by an advanced center and an internationally approved program, increasing its ability to address any health-related crisis or catastrophe.

Among these assets is the Operations and Control Center, which is furnished with cutting-edge electronic and intelligent disaster and crisis management technologies.

Another important support arm is the Dubai Disaster and Crisis Medicine Programme, which was launched just two months ago to strengthen the emirate’s preventative and health security framework in the face of future calamities.

This program has now received worldwide accreditation from the European Centre for Disaster Medicine and the American College of Surgeons.

Over the next five years, the Dubai Disaster and Crisis Medicine Programme hopes to improve the skills and competence of 10,000 government and private hospital leaders, medical, technical support, and nursing professionals in Dubai.

Dr. Lootah elaborated on the new crisis management office’s various specializations and responsibilities, which include raising Dubai’s global preparedness indicators, developing and managing health emergency systems, and improving the health sector’s preparedness for disasters and crises.

Furthermore, the office is prepared to adopt preventative and proactive measures, conduct specialized training and qualification programs, and conduct scientific research and forecasting studies to ensure future readiness. 

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