Mulk to roll out 12 tele-medicine centres in Gulf

Fraser Brown

Dubai: Mulk Holdings, a Sharjah-based diversified conglomerate, is INVESTING Dh120 million in rolling out 12 tele-medicine centres across the Gulf, the first of which was opened yesterday.

Patients who would like a second opinion but do not have immediate access to experts will now be able to talk to doctors in most major hospitals.

A diagnostic centre with tele-medicine facilities was opened yesterday in Dubai which will also have links with specialist radiologists in the UK and US.

"This is a unique concept," said Nawab Shaji Ul-Mulk, CHAIRMAN of the Mulk Holdings. The group plans to open 12 similar centres costing Dh120 million.

"Tele-medicine will change the mind-set of people and make them confident of health-care services here," he said, noting that the old concept of clinical management will be replaced.

The Global Hawk Diagnostic Centre was opened yesterday by Shaikh Dr Majid Rashid Saeed Al Nuami, Chairman of the Ajman Ruler's Court. "This is a special centre which will provide world class healthcare to the community in the UAE," he said.

"Patients can reach out to other doctors from the Centre if they have any doubts about their diagnosis," said Shaji Ul-Mulk, noting that such a concept will also act as a "watch dog" on doctors.

He said INVESTMENT in health-care in Dubai is ‘booming" at present. There is a lack of trust in the services, which will be changed, he said.