Dubai Hospital achieved a 88.5 percent cure rate on childhood cancers in 2019, which is on par with the world paediatric cancer cure rate of 85-90 percent, according to a statement issued by its paediatric oncology department.
This reflects the UAE’s rapid journey towards its goal of an overall cancer reduction by 18 per cent by 2021 in keeping with its National Health Agenda, the statement said.
The UAE National Health Agenda 2021 has included cancer as one of the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to assess the nation’s health-care goals being on track. According to the 2013 figures provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO), cancers in UAE claim 78 deaths per 100,000 of the total population. The target is to reduce the numbers to 64.2 deaths per 100,000 by 2021.