The United Nations has praised the plans of the UAE to create what will become the biggest institute in the Gulf region for educating psychiatrists along with healthcare professionals trained in anti-addiction and mental health.
The Chief of Prevention and Health Branch Division for Operations at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Dr. Gilberto Gerra has stated that drug addiction in the youth is a major issue across the world. As such, a lot more needs to be done to educate the youth about the negative aspects of drugs and drug abuse, especially the fact that they kill and destroy the lives of people. People must be taught about the various kinds of drugs along with their effects to help them avoid it.
The director-general of the National Rehabilitation Centre in the UAE, Dr. Hamad Al Ghaferi has stated that the essential preparations for readying the training institution are now finished. Only the construction of this education project remains and it will start soon in Abu Dhabi.
This collaborative institute is going to offer training courses for a range of healthcare professionals. This includes primary care physicians, psychiatrists, nurses, social workers and other mental health professionals.
The institute is certain to attract people from all over the region. It will also be helping its students gain the accreditation certificate from the International Society of Addiction Medicines.
According to Dr. Al Ghaferi, the main aim will be to create an education institution that is capable of supporting not only addicts but also people suffering from mental problems. The institution will also work to ensure that the knowledge is transferred to others. It will be under the purview of the National Rehabilitation Centre.
The institution will be on par with the global standards. It will ensure that continued education programs are provided to psychologists, psychiatrists and other healthcare professionals so that new specialties can be built up in this particular field.