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500 eye patients to get treatment under Noor Dubai Initiative

posted on 09/09/2008: 707 views


Dubai Hospital is gearing up to treat up to 500 visually impaired people from over 14 countries as part of the Noor Dubai initiative.

As many as 477 patients arrived in Dubai last week from different parts of the world, including Africa, Asia and other Arab countries.

On Monday, 16 more patients were flown in from Mali by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA).

The Noor Dubai initiative was announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on September 3.

It aims at treating and providing health services to at least one million people suffering from treatable blindness and visual impairment in developing countries on a local, regional, and international scale.

Treatment of these patients, however, will be carried out according to the urgency of the cases. Speaking to Khaleej Times on Monday, Dr Afaq Al Mashhari, Head of the administrative committee of the campaign, said 60 people in the UAE had already been seen by the doctors since the beginning of the campaign.

"Of them, only eight needed immediate surgery which was carried out in Dubai Hospital,” she explained.

The others required minor treatment such as corrective eyeglasses and medicines.

She also said the flying eye hospital, ORBIS International, would be arriving in Dubai this week.

"We are using it only for teaching purposes. The aircraft departs on September 14,” she added.

Qadhi Al Murooshid, Director-General of the DHA, said the authority had already received over 600 medical reports from countries such as Djibouti, Palestine, Jordan, Iraq, Syria, Eritrea, Mali and Pakistan.

The medical reports include cases of visual impairment due to burns as well as other severe eye diseases.

Medical reports of at least 100 UAE nationals from across the country have also been received.

"Currently, all these reports are being sorted out to point out the most deserving,” said Qadhi.

Five ophthalmology experts have also arrived from the US and Germany while several others are expected soon. All surgeries and treatment are currently being carried out in Dubai Hospital. The cases may be handed over to other hospitals also later. – Khaleej Times

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