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H.E. Eng. Zaid Al Siksek Inaugurates Abu Dhabi Medical Congress 2011
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23 October 2011

Abu Dhabi – October 23, 2011: H.E. Eng. Zaid Al Siksek, CEO of the Health Authority - Abu Dhabi (HAAD), the regulatory body of the health care sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, inaugurated today Abu Dhabi Medical Congress (ADMC), one of the fast growing medical exhibitions and congresses in the region.

H.E. Al Siksek was accompanied by H.E. Saif Bader Al Qubaisi, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), and other assembled dignitaries and guests.

H.E. Zaid Al Siksek, CEO of HAAD said: "Growing government support and increased private sector participation indicate a bright future for Abu Dhabi's health sector. The emirate will be attracting more international institutions while providing quality health care at the local level."

"In recent years, the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has made huge steps towards creating a world class healthcare system. The restructure of the sector, the increased private investment and the shift in government focus from operation to regulatory role, positions the Emirate to become a leading player in the healthcare sector in the region," H.E. added.

According to HAAD 2010 Statistics Report, the demand for health services grew at a higher rate in 2010 following little growth during 2009. This was driven by a significant increase in outpatient encounters – inpatient and ER encounters both decreased slightly.

Aggressive growth in demand is expected for services relating to lifestyle related diseases, e.g. diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and cancer with larger volume increases in outpatient settings.

There has been significant growth in the number of physicians and facilities. By 2020, it is estimated that up to 3,100 additional doctors and 5,800 nurses will be required. If churn remains at the 2010 level, this requires annual recruitment of some 1,400 doctors and 1,600 nurses.

High demand projections also indicate that in 2020 demand for inpatient services may require up to 2,600 additional beds beyond the current 3,600 beds. However, investors hold 63 Preliminary hospital licenses which signals significant future capacity to meet this demand.

Waiting times have been reduced across most specialties. There is a critical capacity gap in Intensive & Critical Care medicine and overall gaps remain in Emergency medicine, Neonatology, Cardiology, Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Oncology and Obstetrics & Gynaecology.

HAAD, the supporter of ADMC will be conducting different activities at its stand including presentations on "current trends in the pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology and nursing profession legislation.

ADMC brings together leading international healthcare companies to showcase the latest products and services within the Emergency, Primary Healthcare, Patient Safety, Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine sectors as well as being a platform for scientific exchange via the accompanying multi-track conference programme dedicated to these healthcare areas.

The ADMC aims to create the best global gathering in the Middle East for its chosen sectors of the world's healthcare industry, facilitating a broad spectrum of business opportunities for those engaged within these industry sectors.

The congress runs until 25 October 2011 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre and features leading international and regional exhibitor companies and a series of high level conferences.

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About Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD):
The Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD) is the regulatory body of the Healthcare Sector at the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and ensures excellence in Healthcare for the community by monitoring the health status of the population.  HAAD defines the strategy for the health system, monitors and analyses the health status of the population and performance of the system. In addition, HAAD shapes the regulatory framework for the health system, inspects against regulations, enforce standards, and encourages adoption of world – class best practices and performance targets by all healthcare service providers in the Emirate. HAAD also drives programmes to increase awareness and adoption of healthy living standards among the residents of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in addition to regulating scope of services, premiums and reimbursement rates of the health system in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

For more information:
Rami Mohammad Adwan, Media Specialist, Health Authority - Abu Dhabi,
Tel: +971 2 4913 318, email: radwan@haad.ae

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