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02 Oct, 2014

Sheikha Fatima reaffirms that healthcare for mothers is a top priority

"Since the foundation of the United Arab Emirates, the provision of high quality healthcare for mothers and children has been among the top priorities of our Government. Launched by the late Sheikh Zayed – may God rest his soul in peace – it continues to be a top priority today, under the guidance of the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan, and with the follow-up of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, "the Mother of the Nation”, H. H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s union (GWU), President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood & Childhood (SCMC), Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) said.



In a speech delivered on her behalf by H.E. Rym Al Falasy, Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Motherhood & Childhood at a function to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the opening of the new facilities of the Corniche Hospital in Abu Dhabi under the high patronage of H. H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s union (GWU), President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood & Childhood (SCMC), Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) addressed hospital staff, " Our continuing efforts to build a developed, safe and secure society depend on the health of our present and future generations. That, in turn, depends on the health of our new mothers and our newborn babies”. 



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H. H. Sheikha Fatima has pointed out that "One of the first fruits of that policy, over 35 years ago, was the foundation of the Corniche Hospital. Since it was established, high quality health care –ante-natal, natal, post-natal and paediatric services have been provided. We have achieved the high international standards of healthcare for mothers and children that we now enjoy. That is reflected in the U.A.E.'s low figures for neonatal and infant mortality, where our record is now amongst the best in the world. 



H. H. Sheikha Fatima has also congratulated Corniche Hospital staff on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the opening of this hospital, where she said that many thousands of mothers have benefited from the high quality healthcare and services the hospital has provided, and thousands of new mothers were themselves born here. The hospital and its dedicated staff have contributed much not just to one, but to two generations of mothers and children. We are grateful for all that you have done. 



The celebration was held at the Hospital in the presence of Prof. Maha Barakat, Director-General of the Health Authority - Abu Dhabi, Dr. Matar Rashed Al Darmaki, SEHA Chief Executive Officer and Dr. Linda Clark, CEO Corniche Hospital, along with many guests and valued staff members. 



The full text of the speech follows: 



"It is with great pleasure that I would extend my warmest congratulations today to the Corniche Hospital, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the opening of this magnificent part of the healthcare services offered to citizens and other residents of Abu Dhabi. She has also added that Corniche Hospital has been the headquarters for high quality healthcare provided to mothers and children in Abu Dhabi over the last three decades.



She also said, “Since the current location of the hospital has been opened, many thousands of mothers have benefited from the high quality healthcare and services the hospital has provided, and thousands of new mothers were themselves born here. The hospital and its dedicated staff have contributed much not just to one, but to two generations of mothers and children. We are grateful for all that you have done.



She has also continued by saying, "Since the foundation of the United Arab Emirates, the provision of high quality healthcare for mothers and children has been among the top priorities of our Government. Launched by the late Sheikh Zayed – may Allah rest his soul in peace – it continues to be a top priority today, under the guidance of the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan, and with the follow-up of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, "the Mother of the Nation”, H. H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s union (GWU), President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood & Childhood (SCMC), Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF).



She has also added, "One of the first fruits of that policy, over 35 years ago, was the foundation of the Corniche Hospital. Since it was established, all of you here today, and your predecessors, have devoted yourselves to delivering that high quality health care – ante-natal, natal, post-natal and paediatric. Without your efforts, we could not have achieved the high standards of healthcare for mothers and children that we now enjoy. That is reflected in the U.A.E.'s low figures for neonatal and infant mortality, where our record is now amongst the best in the world. 



"On behalf of the U.A.E.'s mothers and children, I thank you all. I extend to you again my congratulations on all that you have achieved, and express to you all my best wishes for the years ahead. Our continuing efforts to build a developed, safe and secure society depend on the health of our present and future generations. That, in turn, depends on the health of our new mothers and our new children. We are confident that they are safe in your hands."



In her turn, H.E. Rym Al Falasy congratulated the medical personnel and staff of Corniche Hospital for their remarkable efforts in looking after and caring for mothers and children. She also distributed certificates of appreciation to staff who have been working at the Hospital since its foundation.

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