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According to latest population estimates put out by the National Bureau of Statistics last week, the population of UAE have increased to 8.26 million in mid-2010, a growth of 64.5% in four years, as strong economic growth attracted workers from all over the world. The bureau has based its estimates on administrative records of the Ministry of Interior and data on births and deaths obtained from the Ministry of Health.
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The Ministry of Health (MoH) announced the beginning of phase two of the health information systems “Wareed”, following the launch of the first step of the system in the emergency, registration and appointment section in Kuwait Hospital in Sharjah.
The MoH finished the preparations of the required infrastructure to operate the system in Al Qassimi Hospital in Sharjah and began training the employees of the hospital after the introduction of the new items to the project such as the possibility of making appointments for visitors through phone calls and text messages.
This was announced at the press conference held in InterContinental Festival City in Dubai under the patronage and attendance of Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali Al Qassim, UAE Minister of Health, the ministry’s executive management and wareed team members who were honoured at the end of the press conference.
Hanif said: “The nation’s progress and development are achieved through sincere efforts and determination to succeed whatever the challenges and difficulties were. Our wise leadership taught us these principles and enabled us to achieve the aspirations of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, UAE Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai”.
He added that the health information system is a good example of how achievements and progress can be made thanks to the support of the UAE’s wise government and team work to accomplish such tasks.
“We began implementing the health information systems of Wareed to improve the healthcare services in the ministry’s facilities and in an initial step to connect the UAE’s health facilities electronically in cooperation with all related authorities”, Hanif elaborated.
He noted that the application of modern technologies and benefiting from software and systems will facilitate work and achieve accuracy and safety at the same time. The health information system “Wareed” is a national project which stimulates the visions and goals of the wise leadership and federal government.
“We all realize the importance of increasing the awareness of the community members with the goals and objectives of Wareed. Thus, acknowledging the society with its important goals is one of the important factors to enhance its partnership with the society and media members.” Hanif also emphasized that wareed is a technological solution that would connect all health organizations and develop them electronically to serve the community members with checkup, treatment and follow up.