Abu Dhabi: A clinic in the emirate of Abu Dhabi has been temporarily closed for using unclean sterilisation equipment, the Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD) announced in a statement sent on Monday.
The clinic, namely the Noor Al Ain Medical Centre (not associated with Al Noor Hospital) in Al Ain, has been shut down for a month and instructed to change all its sterilisation equipment during the period. Another clinic, the Royal Dental Clinic in Al Ain, has also received a warning from the HAAD for a similar offence. A dental assistant, M.B.S., working there without proper qualifications, has also been suspended.
The instructions were issued following a recent meeting of the HAAD licensing committee.
In addition to the two clinics, Dalma Pharmacy has also been temporarily closed for allowing an individual without proper certifications to dispense medicines. A warning has also been issued to the Middle East Pharmacy for a similar offence. The two pharmacy workers have been blacklisted for working within the medical sector in the emirate without the required qualifications, the HAAD statement said.
On the other hand, Malik Sultan Ali Khan has been referred to the Public Prosecution for forging a laboratory test. Ashok Kumar has also been referred for forging a nursing test.
The HAAD has also drawn up a list of database of medical facilities outside the UAE that have previously issued fraudulent certificates for people wishing to work as medical professionals in Abu Dhabi.
“The HAAD does not condone such fraud, and no certificates issued by the violating facilities will be accepted henceforth. All certificates submitted to the HAAD will also continue to be audited,” said Dr Ali Obaid Al Ali, director of health regulation at the HAAD.
The HAAD meeting also rejected a request from a doctor, R.B., to work in Abu Dhabi, based on reports that the doctor had been addicted to alcohol in his own country for nearly six years.
At the same time, a request by the Emirates French Hospital to reopen its maternity ward will see HAAD inspectors re-inspect the facilities and submit updated recommendations on the decision.
A shortage of nurses of both genders also exists in mixed schools in Abu Dhabi, and the HAAD has approved that male staff supervise any checks conducted by female nurses on older male pupils until enough nurses are employed at schools. This also applies to female staff supervising any checks on older girls by male nurses.