Dubai: Thirty eight per cent of the construction work for the prestigious Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital is completed and the hospital is expected to be open by the end of 2013, said a top DHA official.
Qadhi Saeed Al Murooshid, Director-General of Dubai Health Authority stressed on the importance of this project, which is a pioneering initiative of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, as a gift to the children of the UAE and the region.
Al Murooshid said: “The completion of this project will further raise the quality of health services in the Emirate and position Dubai as a leader in healthcare at a regional level. Upon completion, the hospital will be the first-of-its-kind facility in the region offering super-specialty and multi-spectrum paediatric care. The hospital will provide paediatric services for newborns to 16 year olds, and will have several centres of excellence dedicated to oncology, cardiology, mental health, neurology among other specialities. It will provide all necessary paediatric services under one roof for the children of the UAE and the region.” He added that the hospital will establish new standards of paediatrics in the United Arab Emirates and the region in general. He mentioned that the construction of this project is according to highest international standards and the project is designed to be an eco-friendly hospital.
He said that the project, which is located in the premises of Latifa Hospital, is a sprawling 100,000 sq m, 200-bed hospital which will contribute to enhancing the Emirate’s position as an ideal medical tourism destination.
The is set on the premises of Latifa Hospital campus and will provide the entire range of children’s healthcare services including oncology care, nephrology, cardiac care, neonatal care, among others.
Khalid Al Sheikh Mubarak, Deputy Director-General of the Dubai Health Authority said that the hospital will be completed at a cost of 700 million dirhams and will have a capacity of 200 beds.
The hospital will have 40 incentive care units, six dialysis facilities, 20 healing centres, 12 training rooms, eight operating theatres, 30 clinical and non-clinical departments, 40 outpatient clinics, and 40 bed emergency department, over 3,750 biomedical equipment and fixtures, and a multipurpose activities room for children, among others.
He said that the hospital includes many specialties including, oncology, nephrology cardiology, trauma and emergency, mental health among others. He also highlighted that the close proximity of the Dubai Cord Blood and Research Centre to the hospital will benefit those children who need cord blood stem cells which is used for treatment of certain some types of cancer and diseases of the blood cell.
He said that the authority has begun the work of selection of medical suppliers and medical equipment and that the selection process will be completed by December 2012.
Al Sheikh Mubarak said that the construction of this prestigious and ambitious project, is in line with the vision of the leadership of Dubai to provide state-of-the-art healthcare for all sections of the society and to provide specialised healthcare within the Emirate itself.
Engineer Saeed Al Shamsi, Director of Technical Operations at the DHA said that the hospital is designed keeping in mind several innovative concepts whereby the design and construction aspects are integrated with the healing process. Of the total area, nearly half has been dedicated for gardens and landscaping including a healing garden’ with bright flowering shrubs and herbs and medicinal plants.
He said presently the DHA, the consultant and the main contractor are coordinating with the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) with regard to the roads and the traffic to and from the hospital and with the cooperation of the RTA, they will have a private entrance for ambulances to arrive at the hospital.
He observed the DHA is also coordinating with the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority(DEWA) to ensure the implementation of the project is in line with energy saving initiatives. The authority is also coordinating with Dubai Municipality, Dubai Civil Defence and Dubai Police to ensure the project is as per the required specifications and is completed on time.
Al Shamsi said: “The use of natural light, greenery and healing landscape are aimed at offering a high level of indoor air quality, reducing noise and creating a pleasant environment. The development will be highlighted by several energy saving initiatives including sustainable construction techniques to reduce energy use, an active wall facade system to reduce ambient temperature inside the hospital, and rooftop gardens that provide greater insulation. As part of its focus on sustainability, the hospital will use recycled water for irrigation purposes.” He said the eco-friendly design and development model of the hospital has already won international honours, including the Future Projects – Health Award at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona, 2009; and Hospital Build Award 2011 for Best Sustainable Hospital Project.