Toys get doctor’s check-up in bid to help kids overcome fears

The aim is to give children a positive experience of hospitals, through allowing their precious toys to be assessed and treated by health workers.

DUBAI // Children’s toys will soon be able to get “check-ups” as part of a campaign to help youngsters overcome their fear of hospitals and doctors.

A team from Mohammed bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences will adapt their simulation centre so that children who suffer from anxiety will be able to meet medical experts.

The aim is to give children a positive experience of hospitals, through allowing their precious toys to be assessed and treated by health workers.

Toys that require surgery will be taken to a special operating room where children can watch the procedure being carried out.

The initiative was put forward by Mahmood Jamal Al Deen through the Mohammed bin Rashid Smart Majlis app and later shared in a meeting with the Mohammed bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences and the Knowledge and Human Development Authority, Dubai’s education regulator.

“The toy hospital is a great example of how government can work together with the broader community to support children’s happiness,” said Dr Abdulla Al Karam, director general of KHDA.

“We’re looking forward to working with the team from Mohammed bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences, as well as schools and parents, to help children across Dubai develop a more positive perception of doctors and hospitals.”

The Mohammed bin Rashid Smart Majlis app allows all Dubai residents to share their ideas with decision-makers.

Anyone with a creative idea to benefit teaching and learning in Dubai can submit it through the app, where it will be sent to the KHDA.

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Published: September 14, 2016 04:00 AM

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