The Health and Environmental Affairs Committee of the Federal National Council, during its meeting held at the headquarters of the Council’s General Secretariat in Dubai yesterday, chaired by Naama Abdullah Al-Sharhan, Second Vice-President of the Council and Chairperson of the Committee, resumed discussing the issue of the Ministry of Health and Community Protection’s policy in the matter of promoting mental health.
The meeting was attended by members of the committee, Sumaya Abdullah Al-Suwaidi, the committee’s reporter, Azra Hassan bin Rakad, and Muhammad Ahmed Al-Yamahi.
Naama Abdullah Al-Sharhan, head of the committee, said that during the meeting, the general topic was continued to be discussed and the special report on the six field visits carried out by the committee to see the services provided in mental health departments in a number of state hospitals, as part of its work plan to discuss the issue of the Ministry of Health policy. Community protection for mental health promotion.
She added that: The report included the outputs reached by the committee from field visits to Al Amal Hospital and Rashid Hospital in the Emirate of Dubai, Al Qassimi Hospitals, Kuwait and Khor Fakkan in the Emirate of Sharjah, and Fujairah Hospital in the Emirate of Fujairah, during which the challenges and the level of health services and treatment programs provided to the auditors of mental health departments were identified. And how to deal with them, and the absorptive capacity of providing beds and medical devices to deal with all cases, and the opinions, proposals and observations of medical, technical and administrative staff working in hospitals, and identifying the needs of auditors, and services related to psychiatry for different age groups and types, including community psychiatry service Which provides psychiatric patients in their homes, criminal psychiatry and psychiatry for consultation and communication from the internal departments of all hospitals, the service of outpatient psychiatric clinics, and the shift service for emergency psychiatric cases over a period of 24 hours.
She indicated that the committee concluded from these visits a number of recommendations that will be included in the committee’s final report on the subject, in order to contribute to raising the level of services in mental health departments in hospitals in line with international standards.