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Care facilities receive global accreditation.

Dubai: Three government hospitals and a specialised centre for the treatment of genetic blood disorder thalassaemia nd have received international accreditation.

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) announced that Rashid Hospital, Dubai Hospital and Al Wasl Hospital and the Thalassaemia Centre received the Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation in 2007.

Qadi Saeed Al Muroshid, director-general of DHA, said: "This is not the end, it's the start for us to continue offering special services [across] our medical outlets, and to take our work procedure a step higher, and develop the qualifications of the service providers to comply and keep up with the rapid growth in Dubai."

Part of the DHA strategy requires all hospitals, including public hospitals, to be accredited. Two private hospitals in Dubai have received accreditation so far - American Hospital in Dubai and Medcare Hospital - while other hospitals are in the process of seeking accreditation.

To receive accreditation, hospitals and medical centres have to satisfy a number of requirements, including qualifications, services, information system, experience and teamwork. JCI also requires the centres to have infection control policies and procedures in place.

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
Date:Mar 8, 2008
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