Abu Dhabi – Plan to cover mental illnesses
Wednesday, 01 10 2018, Category: Insurance and Reinsurance, Country: U.A.E
Abu Dhabi: A new plan to improve mental well-being among residents could soon see many expatriates in Abu Dhabi gaining better access to treatment options, and it will also enhance screening and diagnosis options for mental illnesses, a top health official said here on Tuesday.
The plan, which will be put into effect this year by the Department of Health — Abu Dhabi, is aimed at tackling the increasing burden of mental illnesses, many of which are closely linked to highly prevalent chronic conditions like diabetes and cancer, said Dr Omniyat Al Hajeri, director of public health at the Department.
“The lack of awareness about mental illnesses, and the limited access to treatment options, has long been a concern for us, especially as most developed nations already have well-established programmes in place to tackle mental illnesses. This plan aims to fill that gap,” Dr Al Hajeri told Gulf News.
Source: Gulf News