Last week, a contract was signed by Dubai Health Authority (DHA) with the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) to provide clinical support to Emirati family by medicine professionals. The decision aims to make stronger the provision of specialized care delivery across primary healthcare centers and to foster the development of Emiratis.

According to the contract, each year eight Emirati families over the next three years will be given a special training programme in maternal and child healthcare.

Humaid Al Qutami, Director General of the DHA and Fintan Foy, Chief Executive Officer at the ICGP signed the contract. Al Qutami said, “The aim of this programme is two-fold. It helps us continue our efforts towards promoting, supporting and fostering the development of the Emirati workforce in the health sector in Dubai by providing them with internationally accredited opportunities for training and development.

The programme helps us continue our foray into strengthening our primary healthcare services. Globally the focus on primary healthcare is enormous as family physicians are gatekeepers of health and a strong primary healthcare sector helps ensure continuum of care across all age groups and that hospitals primarily deal with acute medical cases”.

There are 13 primary healthcare centres in Dubai and within the next two years there will be more.

Fintan Foy, Chief Executive Officer at the ICGP said, “Working together with our delivery partners at Iheed in Dubai, we are delighted to enter into this long-term partnership agreement with the Dubai Health Authority for this important primary healthcare capacity initiative for Maternal and Child Health.”

“This is an innovative project, delivering an in-house and sustainable fellowship programme for local capacity while including international oversight, and innovative delivery using online education and assessment tools,” he added.

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