Abu Dhabi to get first pri­vate cancer cen­tre

▶ Bur­jeel’s Dh1.2 bil­lion med­i­cal city will fo­cus on com­plex surg­eries as well as re­search

The National - News - - EMIRATES NEWS - HANEEN DAJANI

A new med­i­cal cen­tre spe­cial­is­ing in cancer treat­ment is to open in Abu Dhabi this month.

Bur­jeel Med­i­cal City will have the ca­pac­ity for 400 in­pa­tients and will be lo­cated in Mo­hamed bin Zayed City.

The Dh1.2 bil­lion pro­ject has been three years in the mak­ing and re­ceived its prac­tice li­cence from the Depart­ment of Health last week.

Bur­jeel Med­i­cal City was built to ac­com­mo­date the in­creas­ing de­mand for cancer services in the UAE and abroad. It will be Abu Dhabi’s first pri­vate hospi­tal spe­cial­is­ing in cancer treat­ment.

“The med­i­cal city in­cludes four towers, one of which will be ded­i­cated to cancer re­search,” said Om­ran Al Khoori, pres­i­dent of busi­ness devel­op­ment at VPS Health­care, the com­pany be­hind Bur­jeel.

“We will have the soft open­ing in De­cem­ber. We pre­dict it will take us around two years to start re­ceiv­ing pa­tients from other coun­tries.”

At a con­fer­ence in Abu Dhabi on Fri­day, VPS Health­care said their fo­cus is on in­tro­duc­ing more com­plex surg­eries to the emi­rate. Officials plan to re­duce the cost of treat­ment, a chal­lenge faced by health providers world­wide. Con­fer­ence at­ten­dees in­cluded for­mer Cana­dian prime min­is­ter Stephen Harper, No­bel Prize win­ner Dr Ferid Murad, and Dr Solomon Zewdu, deputy di­rec­tor – Ethiopia – Global Devel­op­ment – of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foun­da­tion.

“It shouldn’t cost pa­tients hun­dreds of dol­lars to get treated,” Dr Murad said dur­ing dis­cus­sions.

Dr Shamsheer Vay­alil, chair­man and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of VPS, said the right ex­per­tise and the lat­est in cancer treat­ment equip­ment, could be a game changer. He said tech­nol­ogy would en­sure “care is given in the ear­li­est stage”. “It [tech­nol­ogy] will be the main tool in re­duc­ing cost and im­prov­ing ac­ces­si­bil­ity,” he said.

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