UAE unites with Israel to boost healthcare sector

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Desk Reporter
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UAE-based Emirates Health Services Establishment (EHSE) has signed a cooperation agreement with the Israeli Ministry of Health in order to enhance the quality of healthcare in the two countries.

The agreement was inked by Dr. Yousif Al Serkal, Director General of the EHSE, and the Israeli Health Minister Yuli Edelstein in the presence of Abdul Rahman bin Mohammad bin Nasser Al Owais, UAE Minister of Health and Prevention.

According to the statement, the agreement covers a wide range of areas, including collaborative efforts to combat global pandemics, medical data safety, cybersecurity, medical education, innovation and the use of artificial intelligence, and other advanced technology fields.

Mr. Al Serkal has remarked that the pact would help to improve the security of patients’ health data and the exchange of research between the two countries.

Dr. Yousif Al Serkal
Dr. Yousif Al Serkal
Director General – EHSE

“The UAE and Israel have proven their superior prowess in the healthcare field, as the COVID-19 vaccination programs in the two countries are among the fastest and most efficient globally. It is natural for the two countries to develop their technical cooperation given that they are the most technologically advanced in the Middle East region. Furthermore, this cooperation will contribute to supporting international efforts to combat the pandemic and find creative solutions to the emerging challenges facing the health sector.”

He further added that the UAE and Israel “will aim to promote cross-border expert visits and to develop major economic and health projects, as well as improve medical cooperation.”

Last September, the UAE and the State of Israel has signed the Abraham Accords, establishing direct diplomatic ties. Several bilateral agreements were also signed between the two nations, including a mutual visa waiver agreement.

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