Abu Dhabi healthcare regulator receives 13 prizes for COVID-19 response

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The Department of Health - Abu Dhabi (DoH) has won 13 honours in the 2021 Middle East and North Africa Stevie Awards for its handling of the pandemic.

The event, sponsored by the Ras Al Khaimah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, awarded DoH Gold, Silver and Bronze prizes for several initiatives.

These include the Abu Dhabi Healthcare Quality Index "Muashir", the Healthcare Programme for Senior Citizens and Individuals with Chronic Illnesses, the nationwide awareness campaign against COVID-19, and Artificial Intelligent Solution in Exam Delivery.

Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Hamed, Chairman of the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi has also won two prestigious Stevie Awards, namely the Gold Award for "Innovative Management in Government - Organisations with 100 or More Employees" and for "Government Hero of the Year", in the pandemic response category.

He expressed his gratitude to the UAE's leadership for their continuous support and said the DOH filled him with pride.

Al Hamed said the staff continued to mobilise all efforts to ensure the health and well-being of all members of the community, providing them with timely care, preventive and curative services in line with international standards. 

"Looking back at last year, it was indeed a difficult and challenging time, but out of adversity comes opportunity. Driven by the ongoing support of our wise leadership, and the dedication and tireless work of the frontline heroes, the DoH’s teams, the Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre, and all entities in the private and public sector, we were able to overcome this crisis. I dedicate these awards to everyone who has contributed towards the development and progress of Abu Dhabi," he added.

More than 400 nominations from organisations across the Middle East and North Africa were considered this year in categories such as Award for Excellence in Innovation in Products & Services, Award for Innovative Management, and Award for Innovation in Corporate Websites, among many others. Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners were determined by the average scores of more than 60 executives around the world acting as judges on six juries.

The awards will be presented to the winners during a virtual ceremony on June 2.

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