The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP) announced the signing of a strategic agreement with Tabuk Pharmaceuticals for the supply and distribution of medical and pharmaceutical stocks during emergency situations. The agreement falls in line with the efforts to strengthen the UAE’s health security, according to the Cabinet Decision No. 39 of 2015. The supply and distribution of drugs in this manner is a crucial precautionary measure taken by most countries, including those who manufacture drugs.
The list of medicines covered under the agreement includes several products for the treatment infections and diseases that affect the digestive system, respiratory diseases and bone diseases.
The signing ceremony was attended by H.E Dr. Mohammed Salim Al Olama, Undersecretary of the Ministry; Dr. Abdul Karim Abdullah Al Zarouni, Director of Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Operations Center at the Ministry; and Dr. Gandhi Yaqoub, First Vice President representative of Tabuk Pharmaceuticals.
Dr. Abdul Karim Abdullah Al Zarouni said that the signing of the agreement forms part of the strategy to enhance the country’s health and medical security; and to promote proactive planning and rapid response systems, through ensuring the supply of medical stock. The stock will contain ready-to-use medicines for six months. A cooperative committee has also been formed to follow up on coordination between both parties.
Under the agreement, the stock of emergency medical supplies will be kept ready at the company’s warehouses in accordance with the optimal storage conditions stipulated by the rules and standards, to ensure their safety and ease of use. In addition, an electronic link will be maintained with the Crisis and Disaster Operations Center at the Ministry. The company will also oversee the transfer and supply of required items to the strategic medical stock warehouse of the Ministry or any other designated entity, in the event of an emergency.
Dr. Gandhi Yaqoub, First Vice President of Tabuk Pharmaceutical Company, said: “We are pleased to partner with the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention to ensure the ready availability of medical supplies in emergency situations. Facilitating access to medicines, even in challenging circumstances, remains an integral part of our mission. We are committed to working hand in hand with the government and various health authorities to help achieve the UAE’s healthcare vision.”