Plan for disaster management

ABU DHABI - The General Authority for Health Services for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi (GHAS) will devise a plan for introducing a special system for decontamination of biological, chemical and radiological hazards at various public facilities in the country.

By Nada S. Musallam

Published: Tue 1 Apr 2003, 11:52 AM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 9:53 PM

Speaking to Khaleej Times yesterday, Dr Taha Ibrahim, Disastors and Emergencies Consultant at the authority, said GHAS is studying a plan for introducing the system at public health facilities and other institutions, including the police, the civil defence and the army.

"The programme, which aims at upgrading the standard of people in disasters management, comes as part of the continued medical education programme (CME) adopted by the Authority", said Dr Ibrahim.

He mentioned that the new system would be discussed at large during the upcoming first International UAE Conference, organised by the authority on April 12 in the capital, under the slogan: "Hand in hand for preventing disasters and saving lives." A special focus will be given to national cadres, said Dr Ibrahim, who is also Head of the Conference's Organising Committee.

The authority will also develop a new millennium rescue method, based on using life transmission for emergency cases from inside ambulances to doctors at hospitals, disclosed Dr Ibrahim.

On the scientific programme of the week-long conference, Dr Wael Al Muhammeed, Head of the CME programme at the Authority and Member of the Conference's Organising Committee, said lectures presented by foreign elite and experts from Canada, Qatar, Britain and Norway, on trauma, advance life support and disasters management, will be conducted during the conference.

Another training programme, organised in cooperation with the Hamad Medical Centre in Qatar and focuses on disasters management for administrative people at hospitals and medical districts, will also be conducted on the sidelines of the conference, he said.

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