NAFIS signs 5 MoUs to enhance integration of Emiratis within healthcare sector

ABU DHABI, NAFIS, a federal programme that supports Emiratis in the private sector has signed five MoUs with higher educational institutions in the UAE to expand the involvement of Emiratis in the healthcare sector through NAFIS’ ‘National Healthcare Programme’ initiative, which has opened its doors for registration in the end of July 2022.


The ‘National Healthcare Programme’ initiative has received applications from a total of 3,721 Emirati students through Higher Colleges of Technology, Fatima College of Health Sciences and Fujairah University, in addition to the University of Sharjah, University of Ajman, Gulf Medical University and Ras Al-Khaimah Medical & Health Sciences University. 1,621 Emirati students have been accepted and have started their studies, while those who have not fulfilled the eligibility criteria of the initiative will be listed for the initiative’s development programme.


According to the MoUs, NAFIS will be working closely with the five academic institutions: Higher Colleges of Technology, University of Sharjah, University of Ajman, Gulf Medical University and Ras Al-Khaimah Medical & Health Sciences University, to offer paid scholarships, in addition to providing the necessary trainings, laboratories and workshops to develop the student’s skills and equip them with the qualifications they need to thrive in the health sector.


The academic programmes included in the ‘National Healthcare Programme’ involve the Graduate Healthcare Assistance Programme, the Diploma/Higher Diploma in Emergency Medicine, and the Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, in addition to a number of other practical and specialised healthcare and healthcare assistant programmes, which will be implemented in the future to enhance the participation of Emiratis within this vital sector.


Ghannam Al Mazrouei, Secretary-General of the Emirati Talent Competitiveness Council (ETCC), the federal entity overseeing NAFIS, said, “As the UAE evolves to expand its national healthcare system to meet the growing needs of its people, it is our hope that we witness a larger presence of UAE nationals within this vital sector. Starting at the source of the healthcare sector, educational institutions, is a critical step in the country’s ambitious healthcare plans.”


Al Mazrouei added that these partnerships align with the aspirations of the leadership to cooperate with all government and private entities to achieve the objectives of NAFIS and support the implementation of its initiatives and programmemes, stressing that NAFIS will work to provide the necessary budget to cover the expenses of the programmes and study programmes offered by these educational institutions to Emirati students in the field of healthcare.


Commenting on the initiative and recent partnerships, Saif Ahmed Al Suwaidi, Undersecretary for Emiratisation at the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, said, “The importance of the healthcare sector has drastically increased over the past few years, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, during which the healthcare staff have emerged as the first line of defence in addressing the pandemic. We have also seen a significant interested in joining the healthcare sector as a result of the generous support of the UAE government.”


“In recognition of the government’s efforts in developing this sector, it is a top priority to increase the presence of UAE nationals within healthcare and provide them with all the qualifications and skillset they need,” he added.


Source: Emirates News Agency

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