Emirates News Agency – Leadership, Sheikha Fatima ensured equal role of women in UAE’s development: Health professionals
ABU DHABI, 28th August, 2022 (WAM) — A group of women leaders from the UAE health sector have expressed their gratitude to the wise leadership of the UAE and H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, President of the General Women’s Union (GWU ), President of the Supreme Council for Maternity and Childhood and Supreme President of the Family Development Foundation (FDF), which has provided all forms of support to ensure women have an equal role in the development of the country .
In statements to the Emirates News Agency (WAM) on the occasion of the annual Emirati Women’s Day, celebrated on August 28, they highlighted the growing role women are playing in the progress of the UAE.
Dr. Farida Al Hosani, an infectious disease expert and director of the department of communicable diseases at the Abu Dhabi Public Health Center (ADPHC), said Emirati Women’s Day reminds Emirati women of the support they have received leaders of the United Arab Emirates since the country’s inception. , highlighting Sheikha Fatima’s key role as a role model for women in the UAE and her support for women in the health sector.
She added, “The reality of Emirati women in the health sector is very inspiring, as we have passed the stage of empowerment, with the rate of female health professionals exceeding 50%. We see many women graduates contributing significantly to the sector through their daily lives. work as employees, leaders and influencers.”
For her part, Hind Al Zaabi, Executive Director of Health Facilities at the Abu Dhabi Department of Health (DoH), said, “Women in general, and Emirati women in particular, have played a key role in the advancement of the healthcare sector in the emirate and contributed to its journey to become a model of success. We are seeing an increase in the number of female professionals in various medical specialties, including emergency medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, plastic surgery and infectious diseases.
For her part, Khawla Hammad, Founder and CEO of Takalam, an online mental health counseling platform, said, “Our government and our wise leadership continue to show complete confidence in Emirati women and their abilities. . Throughout my journey, I have received overwhelming support. from the DoH and other authorities, in addition to the changes I have seen taking place through the many national initiatives aimed at empowering and encouraging Emirati women to work in the health sector. »
Dr. Mona Al Hammadi, acting chairwoman of medical services at Al Wagan Hospital, a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Health Services Corporation (SEHA), told WAM that in previous years she had obtained several university degrees, including a master’s degree in occupational medicine from the University of Manchester in Great Britain, thanks to the unlimited support that the government of the United Arab Emirates gives to women.
Eng. Aisha Al Shamsi, head of planning and projects at Al Ain New Hospital, said the major advances made by Emirati women testify to the desire of the UAE leadership to involve women in the sustainable development of the country. countries and their desire to promote the participation of women as a common good. practice in the UAE community, while ensuring them a fair chance to occupy leadership positions in all sectors.
“Today, Emirati women are taking on leadership roles and responsibilities in various sectors, and I owe this to our wise leadership, which gave me the opportunity to enroll in the Fatima College of Health Sciences and getting my degree in physiotherapy, and other institutions that have helped me get to where I am now,” said Saba Al Mashjari, inpatient physiotherapist at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.