Dubai: In an unprecedented achievement in the world, the UAE has obtained the Canadian diamond accreditation for all specialised dental centres of the Ministry of Health and Prevention, becoming the first country in the globe other than Canada to get this high accreditation.

The ministry announced that the accreditation has been granted to its dental centres after a Canadian team of experts conducted a thorough evaluation of all of them. The evaluation included examining the centres’ commitment to international standards related to adherence to quality, patient safety, drug management, infection control and occupational safety.

The evaluation process found that the Ministry of Health and Prevention has a 97 per cent rate of commitment to these international standards, an official said on Saturday.

Abdul Rahman Mohammad Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention, said: “We are pressing ahead with our journey towards quality, leadership, excellence and breaking world records on the global competitiveness stage according to indicators and reports issued by many prestigious institutions in the world, as part of our efforts to achieve the UAE Centennial Plan 2071.”

He added that getting the accreditation follows the directives of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to enable all health facilities to obtain the International Quality Certification by 2021 in order to achieve an effective and sustainable health system for a happy society.

“This global achievement represents an international recognition of the UAE’s high status on the global stage and reaffirms the effectiveness of its national strategies, health system and its comprehensive and innovative health services offered according to the highest quality standards, thanks to the wise leadership’s keenness to harness the best potential and resources to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and establish a health system based on international standards to make the UAE one of the best countries in terms of the quality of health care,” Al Owais further said.