Dubai, UAE: The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and the French government held a high-level meeting at the Elysee Presidential Palace in France to discuss active collaboration on research and combating deadly infectious diseases. The UAE delegation headed by DHA director Eisa Al Maidour met Olivier Lyon, medical adviser to the French President, this week.
This collaboration is important especially since there has been a threat of an outbreak of the deadly Coronavirus (Mers-COV) since 2013 with deaths reported in GCC countries including UAE in December last year according to the health alert issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO). As population densities increase, lifestyles change and societies become increasingly multiracial and multicultural, the threat of infectious diseases gets more imminent, cautions WHO
Expressing the serious commitment of his government Lyon said: "The French Government will spare no effort to work with the Dubai government to follow and trail infectious viruses so as to prevent outbreaks and track viruses via satellites so that we can effectively deal with them. This partnership is important for both sides and as Dubai lies on the borders of Africa and Asia, with regard to viral exchange, it is important to begin building the infrastructure and research facilities to tackle infectious viruses. We are pleased to collaborate in this regard."
Lyon also promised to give full support to UAE students who go to France for their medical studies.
The DHA delegation headed by Al Maidour included other DHA officials such as Eng. Ali Al Mazyood, Dr Khaldoun Nabhan, Dr Alya Al Mazroui, Dr Abdul Rahman Al Jasmi, Dr Mansour Nazari, Dr Philippe Macaire, Dr Mona Al Mazroui, Ahmad Al Umari, Abdul Rahman Al Owghani, Dr Zeyad Al Rais, Dr Jamal Al Mulla, Dr Bilal Al Yafawi, and Mahmoud Yousuf.
© Gulf NewsFeb 2014