Shortage of human resources in the medical field and lack of research is a source of concern in the country and globally, as well, said the UAE's Minister of Health and Prevention, Abdul Rahman bin Mohammed Al Owais. He said this not only includes physicians, but all technical staff in the medical field.
While speaking at a session titled Future of Healthcare, a Minister's Point of View at the Dubai Health Forum on Monday, the minister said the issue had been raised at the Sir Baniyas ministers' retreat a few years ago.
His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai also attended the forum.
We spoke about two sectors in this retreat - education and health - and lack of research was a major topic of discussion, said Al Owais. However, he added that from 2007 to 2016, research and studies had gone up four times. "This is a qualitative leap."
Al Owais said the UAE hopes to set up a research centre. "We want to develop a bank of research studies. A website with all the study material has already been set up for the government sector so that there is no overlapping and the right information is available for all," he added.
He said the ministry is formulating strategies and following initiatives such as the Innovation year to come up with solutions. "We need to get the best outcomes from all the researches."
Abdulla Al Qahtani, Former Minister of Health, State of Qatar said Qatar had a dedicated budget for research. "We changed the system and funded physicians, encouraging them to go for higher studies for research." He said that physicians in the country have to conduct research and teach as well else they could lose their licences.
In the session titled, "Healthy and Happy", the UAE's Minister of Happiness Ohood Al Roumi said: We are measuring the level of happiness across all the government entities through different tools. Happiness is the final outcome of the efforts from all personal and government entities which leads to a happy society, she added.