It is high time to promote the use of artificial intelligence and advanced computer programs in health care sector, while it is so important to keep pace with the rapid developments in pharmacy, dentistry and medicine.
These are some of the recommendations of the 4th International Conference of Pharmacy and Medicine (ICPM) held in Ajman University (AU), Nov. 19 – 21, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Ajman University.
The conference, themed: ‘Building a culture of innovation and technology in healthcare’, brought together more than 100 local and international companies which sealed deals worth Dh71 million.
Dr. Nageeb Hassan, Dean of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, said there is an urgent need to develop health education in the Arab region in a way that takes into account the requirements of the job market in the region.
“It is also needed to develop and support scientific research in various health fields to serve Arab societies, and encourage and support competencies for the development and protection of patents in the health field.”
Developing drug control procedures in the process of manufacturing the drug to help enhance the safety and effectiveness of health products is of great importance, he added.
“We need to emphasize the role of clinical pharmacy and pharmaceutical analysis in academic curricula.”
Modernizing the bioequivalence of pharmaceutical products, combating counterfeit medicines, regulating clinical licensing of hospitals, and implementing a safer healthcare system in the Middle East and North Africa are highly recommended as well, he underlined.
Dr. Salem Abu Fanas, Dean of the College of Dentistry, said the scientific dentistry sessions was quite rich and included more than fifteen lectures. “The program incorporated two hands-on workshops on the latest dentistry developments.”
The conference witnessed a major symposium on dental curriculum development in GCC universities. “Deans, vice deans and professors from 10 colleges in Saudi Arabia, Oman and UAE shared their experiences on relevant development challenges.”
Dr Khamis Gaballah, Chairman of the Conference Scientific Committee, they managed to invite 25 experts from eight countries. “They thankfully shared their experience with Ajman University faculty and staff.”
Dr. Abdullah Al Kindi, Director General of Al Madinah for the Management and Organization of Exhibitions and Conferences, said the conference witnessed a high turnout of healthcare professionals, university and school students. “It featured 55 lectures on pharmaceutical and dental fields, while dentists and pharmacists were given CME certificates of up to 21.5 hours.”