Advanced medical treatments will soon be carried out in space thanks to the announcement of the world’s first space hospital. The announcement came from the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHP) and was delivered at Arab Health 2018.
The advanced hospital, named the Emirates Space Hospital, will use sophisticated technologies such as nanotechnology and artificial intelligence to allow new procedures to be carried out remotely on individuals in space.
Dr. Kulthoom Al Belooshi, director of hospital administration at the ministry explained that each procedure will be supervised and controlled by experts on the ground, stating ‘all treatment will be controlled on earth using nanotechnology.
The development of the hospital by the UAE will bring the possibility of long-term stays in space closer to reality. The project is being carried out in conjunction with the UAE Centennial 2071 and the National Space Programme and will work to support the Mars Mission which is due to launch in 2020.
Minister of Health and Prevention Abdul Rahman bin Mohammed Al Owais has praised the announcement of the space hospital, stating his belief that the ability to harness next-generation technologies will provide the government with tools to combat a variety of diseases, such as cancer and diabetes, and offer new methods for maintaining and surveilling the well-being of citizens on an ongoing basis.
The UAE space hospital and its technologies will be tested on earth in the coming years and will then go on to be used in the Mars mission. However, it is likely that such long-distance medicare technologies will also have benefits for patients on earth suffering chronic diseases in remote areas where hospital care is difficult to access.