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16 health firms ordered shut in 5 months

Dubai - Closure period ranged between one month and six months

By Staff Reporter

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Published: Sun 12 Jun 2016, 8:23 PM

Last updated: Mon 13 Jun 2016, 9:40 AM

Eleven healthcare providers and five pharmacies have been ordered shut by the Ministry of Health and Prevention from January to May this year over different violations.
According to Dr Amin Hussein Al Amiri, assistant undersecretary of the ministry for public health polices and licensing, the closure period ranged between one month and six months, depending on the seriousness of the violation.
The action came after teams from the ministry conducted over 1,000 inspection visits.
Meanwhile, the ministry announced that 126 health establishments and pharmacies have been granted a licence since the beginning of this year. Among those given operational licences were 22 polyclinics, 58 pharmacies, 38 medical storehouses, six scientific offices and two pharmaceutical companies.
"The growing number of licences issued to healthcare providers reflects the transparency and quick measures adopted by the ministry," Al Amiri said. 
The ministry, he said, strives to encourage major pharmaceutical companies to open offices and factories in the country. 

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