Dubai: The Dubai Health Authority is all set to open a specialised dialysis centre in Al Barsha area, Dubai.
The agreement for the centre was signed on Tuesday with SRG Holdings that will donate the funds to build the facility.
In the UAE, chronic kidney disease affects more than 720 Emiratis per million and more than 320 people per million of the general population, according to statistics released by the Emirates Nephrology Society.
Around 1,600 people are currently undergoing dialysis with end-stage kidney disease in the UAE, according to a survey conducted in 2009 by the society. This centre will come as a big relief for residents undergoing dialysis in that area.
The centre will have 60 rooms, of which 42 will be patient rooms and 18 private rooms to serve the needs of patients who are suffering from kidney failure and need dialysis. The centre will also provide state-of-the-art preventive services in the field of nephrology.
The agreement was signed by Humaid Mohammad Obaid Al Qutami, chairman of the Board and director-general of the Dubai Health Authority, and Mohammad Abdul Salam Al Rafi and Fahd Abdul Salam Al Rafi of SRG Holdings Limited.
Al Qutami praised the corporate social responsibility initiative of the group and said it will directly help in improving patient access for such an important medical service. He said, “Health is an important sector and one that directly impacts all of us. The well-being of the community is of fundamental importance and providing them with specialised services across all medical specialities is in line with our strategy. We appreciate the gesture of private sector entities that carry out such philanthropic initiatives for the betterment of the sector and to improve patient care.
“The humanitarian philosophy of late Abdul Salam Al Rafi is an example for all and it is heartening to see his sons, Mohammad and Fahd, carry on his father’s vision and philanthropic services.”
Mohammad Al Rafi said: “I am fulfilling my father’s wishes to continue his humanitarian efforts especially in the health sector and we hope to add more projects in the future.”
His brother, Fahd Al Rafi, seconded his opinion and reiterated the need to focus on projects in the health sector.
Presently, in the DHA network, Dubai Hospital has a dialysis unit. As per 2016 statistics, the hospital performed about 33,000 dialysis sessions for about 250 patients. Of these, diabetics make up 45 to 48 per cent of the total number of patients on dialysis.