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Dr Mohammed Salim Al Olama

UAE has tools and resources to ‘excel in organ donation’

DUBAI, August 14, 2022

The UAE is taking practical steps to regulate organ transplantation according to highest quality standards and ethics of medical practice as the nation joined the world on August 13 in commemorating the ‘World Organ Donation Day’.  
 
Dr Mohammed Salim Al Olama, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP), stressed that the UAE possesses the necessary resources, tools, and expertise to excel while implementing the National Programme for Organ Transplantation, including highly qualified medical cadres, state-of-the-art medical facilities, and cutting-edge technological infrastructure, as well as international partnerships with the most prestigious institutions specialising in organ transplantation.
 
Al Olama reaffirmed the need to constantly step up national efforts to facilitate and improve the process of transferring and transplanting human organs and tissues on the one hand and providing technologically advanced health services for patients in need of human organ or tissue transplant on the other.
 
National Centre
In 2020, the UAE established the National Centre to Regulate Organs and Tissues Transplantation under MoHAP. In addition to supporting the UAE’s health system, the centre also contributes to strengthening medical and social care for organ donation and transplantation in accordance with international quality standards and medical ethics.
 
The centre's establishment has been a big step forward in strengthening and complementing the National Programme for Organ Transplantation, which gives any UAE resident over the age of 21 the chance to express his/her desire to donate organs in the event of brain death. Along with having a good effect on the lives of both donors and receivers, the initiative has benefited many patients and given them newfound hope.
 
Innovative Steps
Ahmed Ali Al Dashti, Assistant Undersecretary for the Support Services Sector, emphasised that the UAE is making every possible effort to develop and regulate organ transplantation and support the country’s excellence in providing treatment programmes. 
 
"We are committed to strengthening the integration of our health system by adopting progressive and creative initiatives in accordance with the best international quality standards," Al Dashti said.
 
He underscored that organ donations offer a wide range of advantages, such as fostering family harmony and community cohesiveness while also promoting the principles of cooperation and solidarity in society.-- TradeArabia News Service
 



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