An official ground-breaking ceremony for the first of six primary healthcare centres to be built across nine areas of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain has been held at Abu Samrah.
The clinics will be designed, built and operated by Aspen Medical.
Bruce Armstrong, Group CEO of Aspen Medical, said: “Aspen Medical is honoured and very pleased to be working in partnership with the Department of Health to bring our global primary healthcare experience to the people of Abu Dhabi through our locally-based team.”
Following a public tender process, the Department of Health Abu Dhabi (DoH) signed an agreement with the company to provide comprehensive primary healthcare in the nine rural and underserved areas of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.
DoH identified areas of underprovision through its Capacity Masterplan.
The masterplan shows that geographic healthcare coverage in the Emirate is generally good but that there are still capacity shortfalls in some rural areas.
His Excellency Mr Mohamed Al Hameli, undersecretary of the Department of Health Abu Dhabi, said: “The Department of Health is looking forward to working with the private sector to strengthen both coverage and quality of primary healthcare in Abu Dhabi.
“Our agreement establishes a primary healthcare model that can be expanded more broadly through the Abu Dhabi healthcare system.”
The Abu Samrah Primary Health Clinic is due for completion in 2020 with further clinics being constructed in Al Wathba, Shakhbout City, Umm Ghaffa, Al Dhahra, and Al Salamat.