A cheerful welcome was extended to the newly appointed Minister for Health Mrs Peggy Vidot, in a meeting convened on Friday 6th November 2020.
The meeting which took place at the Sheikh Khalifa Diagnostic Centre Conference Room was attended by the Principal Secretary, the CEO and Deputy CEO of Health Care Agency, the Public Health Commissioner and health staff from across the country.
Addressing the group, Minister Vidot expressed the honour she felt at retuning to the department, which she describes as a home and being given the chance to guide the Ministry of Health.
“I can bring back, not only my previous experience and knowledge, not only the work that I’ve done before but I bring back today, a contribution of also a consumer of health service. This helps me understand the health system better,” she said.
She further reinforced her commitment to working closely with all health staff to strengthen health services and provide an encouraging work environment.
“The approach I will use will be a more rounded approach. It will come from knowledge and experience from different angles and different perspective,” Minister Vidot added.
Having expressed her dedication to enhancing service delivery and daily operations, Minister Vidot invited a discussion on the different challenges faced on a day to day and different strategies that would be best to tackle them.
Challenges and areas for immediate actions identified through the discussions include respect in the workplace, improvements on maintenance of facilities, recruitment of health staff, internal communications, an analysis of health expenditures, improving standard and quality, decentralisation of specialised care, promoting research and several others.
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