This is an initiative by Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority. It follows the belief that giving children a positive experience in hospitals will help reduce their anxiety.
Since most kids are scared by doctors, this experience should help them see there’s nothing to worry about. The first stuffed animal hospital will open at the Mohammed bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences.
The University will create a special simulation center. The children will meet with health workers there who will examine their stuffed animals. If needed they will carry out repairs and give medicine to the toys.
“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 the KHDA, to the Khaleej Times.
“We’re looking forward to working with the team from the Mohammed bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences. Also with schools and parents to help children across Dubai develop a more positive perception of doctors and hospitals,” Al Karam said.
The children will be able to participate and watch their stuffed animal get treated. Staff will answer their questions and provide additional information and feedback.
The goal is to show kids there’s nothing to worry about and have a more positive look towards doctors. This will in turn help them take better care of their own health as they grow up.