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Sharjah Health Authority explores opportunities in the Far East
2013-04-23 13:39:23
WAM Sharjah, Apr 23rd, 2013 (WAM)--The Sharjah Health Authority (SHA) recently took part in the Regional Meeting of the World Health Summit in Singapore, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong as the Guest-of-Honor, aimed to develop joint strategies and address key challenges in the healthcare sector "SHA" was represented by a high level delegation headed by Abdulla Ali Al Mahyan, Chairman of Sharjah Health Authority (SHA). Their participation came by means of a direct invitation from Singapore's Minister of Health Gan Kim Yong.

An annual conference, the Regional Meeting of the World Health Summit is one of the world's foremost gatherings of leaders from the healthcare sector, and SHA's participation aimed to explore future collaborations between SHA and the various healthcare authorities in Singapore. Abdulla Ali Al Mahyan also made use of the opportunity to meet with the Singapore Minister of Health Gan Kim Yong to further explore possible avenues of mutually beneficial cooperation.

Speaking about SHA's participation, Abdulla Al Mahyan said, "The Sharjah Health Authority is extremely pleased to have attended this prestigious event and made use of the opportunity to meet with the some of the world's most influential leaders in the healthcare industry, in order to share experiences and expertise, discuss challenges faced by the sector, and to find out more about the latest trends and developments in the healthcare industry." "Singapore's healthcare sector boasts modern infrastructure, an excellently organised healthcare system, and the latest in high tech medical facilities, making it both one of the best health care sectors and one of the most important contributors to the advancement of the healthcare profession in the region. We were therefore very eager to tap into this fount of knowledge and share in the many innovations that Singapore's healthcare industry has on offer, especially considering the strong and long lasting diplomatic and economic ties shared between Singapore and the UAE," he added.

Themed �Health for Sustainable Development in Asia', the conference addressed a number of key issues such as �The Impact of Health on Asian Economics', �Innovations in Health', �Financing Healthcare' and �Emerging Health Threats in Asia', and was hosted by the National University of Singapore and MOH Holdings Pte Ltd, the holding company of Singapore's public healthcare assets. The conference also included high level meetings that were held at the Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore.

In view of the dynamic developments within Asia, the World Health Summit held its first regional meeting outside of Berlin to provide a platform for health care policy makers, experts, and practitioners to discuss and exchange ideas on current issues of medical research, innovation, health systems, and to find solutions for today's health challenges in Asia.

In addition to attending the conference, the SHA delegation also visited the Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Health and Transport, Prof Mohammad Faishal Ibrahim, and discussed various key issues in the healthcare sector, as well as the pursuit of assured mutual cooperation between SHA and Singapore the field of healthcare.

SHA furthermore met with the Health Promotion Board of Singapore (HPB) and visited Singapore General Hospital (SGH). The CEO of HPB, Zee Yoong Kang, received the SHA delegation and gave a detailed overview of the various modern techniques adopted by HPB to facilitate community healthcare and disease control. During their visit to SGH, the delegation were welcomed by CEO Ang Chong Lye, who gave a briefing on the latest technologies employed in the hospital's wards and other areas, as well as on the latest in eye surgery methods being used at SGH's acclaimed National Eye Centre.

Making use of the opportunity to broaden Sharjah's medical ties within the region, a delegation from SHA also visited Seoul, South Korea, recently to attend the Korea International Medical Exhibition. The delegation invited various healthcare equipment manufacturers and healthcare providers to the soon to be opened Sharjah Healthcare City. They also held discussions with a number of the leading associations in the field of healthcare equipment manufacturing, as well as senior officials of the Wonjoo medical cluster with the aim of exploring cooperative agreements and collaborative ventures.

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