The Emirates Health Services Establishment (EHSE) has recently held its first meeting under the chairmanship of HE Dr. Mohamed Salim Al Olama, Head of Board of Directors, in presence of HE Dr. Youssif Al Serkal, the Director-General, and other board members.
The setting up of the EHSE reflects the wise leadership’s vision to foresee the future of the healthcare sector in line with the UAE Vision 2021 National Agenda, provide an effective and sustainable health system for a happy society, and achieve the aspirations of the UAE Centennial 2071.
Enhancing health system efficiency
Dr. Mohamed Salim Al Olama said that the creation of the establishment underpins our wise leadership’s vision to restructure and enhance the efficiency of the Emirati health sector and deliver healthcare services of top-notch quality according to the international best practices. “ The EHES provides an effective and efficient organizational environment adaptable to the evolving needs of society and the current global health challenges related to Covid-19 pandemic,” added Al Olama.
“This organizational transformation will place the establishment at the forefront of healthcare service providers in the world, through focusing on providing sustainable and high-quality health care services in line with the UAE vision and global standards, He further said, adding: “The EHSE would also help enhance the capabilities of the local health care sector, optimize performance and services, improve accountability, transparency, and efficiency to overcome health challenges, and develop the skills of the medical and technical personnel as per the international best standards.”
For his part, Dr. Youssif Al Serkal emphasized that the creation of the EHSE has been a qualitative addition to the UAE’s health sector. “It will not only contribute to enhancing the efficiency of the country’s health sector and providing exceptional health and therapeutic services, but will also help implement preventive plans and measures to combat pandemics, and achieve sustainable health development,” Al Serkal stated.
He went on to stress that the establishment will enhance and oversee the performance of hospitals and health centers, develop the required standards for improving the quality of performance, obtain accreditation, qualify hospitals to be educationally accredited, and provide medical and health services.
Al Serkal noted that the EHSE will stimulate and support studies and research, support the establishment of health and preventive units and departments, childhood and maternity care centers, vaccination and school health centers, ambulance services, blood banks, and health training centers. This is in addition to the coordination with relevant government bodies, holding conferences and workshops, and concluding agreements and partnerships with local and internal parties to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the federal health sector.
The EHSE Board of Directors features representatives of the relevant government bodies from the seven emirates and a representative of the youth category, something which supports the mission of the estabilishment to render sustainable and high-quality healthcare services.
During the first meeting, a vice-chairman of the board of directors has been selected in addition to the secretary. The board members also approved the formation of committees and discussed the agenda and the plans for developing work mechanisms as per international standards.
The EHSE Vision focuses on achieving leadership and excellence in the provision of health services, while its mission lies in providing sustainable, integrated, accessible, efficient, innovative, and high-quality health services that keep pace with the UAE Vision and international standards.
When it comes to the strategic objectives, the Establishment is seeking to deliver comprehensive and innovative health services and develop a sustainable health services system in accordance with the effective governance standards. It also seeks to make the most of the latest medical technologies to underpin the country’s robust health infrastructure and bring happiness and joy to patients and society at large.