The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP), recently organized a meeting to develop the second cancer indicator 2019 to come up with effective and quick solutions that help reduce cancer mortalities in the country.
The meeting was held in the presence of Dr. Mona Al Kuwari, Director of Specialized Care and Vice Chairman of the Executive Team, representatives from the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority, Abu Dhabi Department of Health, Dubai Health Authority and Sharjah Health Authority, representatives of the private medical sector and oncologists, and the international expert Prof. Rolf Stahel.
H.E. Dr. Youssif Al Serkal, Assistant Undersecretary for the Ministry’s Hospitals Sector, pointed out the importance of holding meetings to develop cancer indicator and to build a unified work mechanism, as well as to come up with quick solutions to reduce cancer mortalities in the country in accordance with the performance indicators of the National Agenda 2021.
He added that the attendance of well-experienced medical oncologists to the meeting including Prof. Rolf Stahel woulf help achieve rapid curative outcomes to alleviate patients’ pain in accordance with evidence-based treatments and the best international practices in this regard.
An Integrated Platform
“This laboratory is constituting an integrated national platform to coordinate national efforts, and to highlight challenges, development opportunities and future initiatives in the field of prevention, early detection, treatment, and constant care. This would help us come up with effective solutions and initiatives to step up cancer early detection campaigns, develop an electronic recall system, establish specialized centers to provide diagnostic and curative services and to prepare a national cancer registry as per the national policy for reducing cancer mortalities,” Dr. Al Serkal said.
Showcasing the Indicators and Outcomes
During the meeting, Dr. Mona Al Kuwari showcased the latest performance indicators of the national indicator to reduce cancer mortalities. She also shed light on the initiatives launched in that respect, development stages and outcomes, in addition to showcasing the outputs, timeframe and performance criteria.
Al Kuwari added that A special focus was given to the high-priority cancers including breast, cervical, colorectal cancer, underlining that the presence of Prof. Rolf Stahel and other oncologists would help reach more responsive and practical solutions to the circumstances of patients and proper treatment methods.