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WHO discusses UAE annual report on polio eradication

Posted on 05/05/2010

The World Health Organisation Office for the Eastern Mediterranean Region in Cairo will began yesterday reviewing the UAE annual summary report on the eradication of polio disease. Dr. Mahmood Fikri, executive director for the Health Policies at the Ministry of Health stated that the regional office will convene its meeting with the certification committee from 4-6 May in Cairo, Egypt to discuss the reports of the regional countries to eradicate polio. The certification committee meetings ...  >>MORE

MoH recalls Tylenol, confirms Zyrtec meets quality standards

Posted on 04/05/2010

The UAE Ministry of Health has issued a circular for all doctors and pharmacists in both public and private sectors to recall only "Tylenol Drops and Suspensions" medicines from all pharmaceutical markets in the UAE upon request from the manufacturer. MoH has also confirmed that Zyrtec Allergy Liquid" meets the medication products and specifications, according to Dr. Amin Al Amiri, Executive Director for Medical Practices and Licenses and Practices at the Ministry of Health. Amiri stated ...  >>MORE

Medicines recalled in UAE as precautionary measure

Posted on 03/05/2010

Parents expressed concern over the recall of 40 over-the-counter infant's and children's liquid medications, including the commonly used Tylenol. Several parents said they had to make frantic calls to doctors asking if they should continue administering the drug to their children or not. Others asked for alternatives. The UAE Ministry of Health said on Sunday that it will issue a circular today ordering a local recall of the medications that may include Tylenol, Tylenol Plus, Motrin, Zyrtec ...  >>MORE

Saif bin Zayed inspects new field hospital

Posted on 02/05/2010

The Deputy Prime Minister, Interior Minister Lt. General HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has inspected the new field hospital, which will be introduced in service at the Department of Emergency and Public Safety at Abu Dhabi Police to provide the first aid care to the injured in traffic accidents in Abu Dhabi city. Sheikh Saif stressed care of the leadership to upgrade the medical and rescue services as per world-class standards. He was briefed by Col. Mohammed Abdullah Al Nuaimi, Deputy ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Khalifa Medical City performs first ever child kidney transplant in the UAE

Posted on 02/05/2010

During the first quarter of 2010, the first kidney transplant for a child was performed at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) managed by Cleveland Clinic. The child had an uneventful operation and the clinical outcome was judged excellent. She was discharged from SKMC 10 days after surgery. The recipient, a Pakistani national, was 5 years old and the donor, who is 40 years of age, is her uncle and the brother of her father. The renal transplantation program was started in February 2007 and was ...  >>MORE

UAE joins International Workers Memorial Day

Posted on 29/04/2010

The Health Authority - Abu Dhabi (HAAD), the regulatory body of the healthcare sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, has joined many countries around the world that officially recognise the 28th of April as Workers Memorial day, an International Day of Action for Safety and Health at Work. Engineer Zaid AL Siksek, CEO of HAAD, said "the international slogan for this day, ‘Remember the dead - Fight for the Living', highlights the need for action and prevention to reduce occupational injuries, ...  >>MORE

Plan to keep UAE malaria-free

Posted on 25/04/2010

The health ministry has developed a plan to keep the UAE malaria-free through early detection and training of examiners. Dr Mahmood Fikri, Executive Director for Health Policies, said that blood samples would be taken from labourers while epidemiological surveillance, control of mosquito breeding and classification, monitoring weather and environmental conditions conducive to the spread of the disease were part of the plan. On the occasion of World Malaria Day, he said the ministry will train ...  >>MORE

Daman kicks off “Give blood, Give life campaign” in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 15/04/2010

Daman, the National Health Insurance Company, kicked off its Give blood, give life campaign- a blood donation initiative in cooperation with the Abu Dhabi Blood Bank. For the third consecutive year, the blood donation campaign was launched across Daman s branches starting the 13-15th of April. Daman is keen on playing an active role in bettering the health standards in the community, and does so by continuously involving its staff and educating the public on general health matters. According ...  >>MORE

UAE Minister of Health reviews National Report for Combating AIDS

Posted on 08/04/2010

HH Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali, UAE Minister of Health, reviewed the AIDS National Combat Report that will be raised for the first time to the UN's General Assembly in cooperation with various health authorities in the UAE. His Excellency called members of the meeting to follow the applicable international standards and prevent its spread among the members of the society. Hanif met with Dr. Mohammad Alam Al Deen, UN Designated Technical Coordinator to assist the member states on compiling their ...  >>MORE

Dubai Municipality launches "Youth without Smoking" campaign

Posted on 07/04/2010

Dubai Municipality on Monday launched a campaign called, "Youth without Smoking." Activities of the two month campaign, which will culminate with the World No Tobacco Day on 31st May, include three sporting events and involve ten schools. During the campaign, a team from Municipality Clinic, with the participation of Dubai Health Authority and Dubai Medical College, will conduct medical examinations free of charge for young people and make them aware of the seriousness of the hazards of ...  >>MORE

Minister of Health meets Bavarian Minister of State

Posted on 06/04/2010

His Excellency Dr. Hanif Hassan, UAE Minister of health received Her Excellency Emilia Muller, Minister for Federal and European Affairs at the State of Bavaria, Germany, and her accompanying delegation. The meeting discussed ways of cooperation in the areas of medical technology, modern systems in hospitals, health care field, medical waste management and other related topics. Dr. Hanif Hassan welcomed the German minister and her accompanying delegation and lauded the cooperation between ...  >>MORE

Rapid tests for HIV, Hepatitis

Posted on 04/04/2010

The health ministry has introduced rapid tests to detect highly infectious diseases like HIV (human immunodeficiency virus which leads to AIDS) and HCV (Hepatitis). Officials said the tests will deliver results within minutes especially during emergency surgeries, and in dental clinics. Launching the OraQuick Advance HIV/HCV tests last week, Dr Amin Al Amiri, CEO of Medical Practice at the ministry said that the test results have an accuracy of 99.6 per cent. This is delivered within 20 ...  >>MORE

Musical therapy makes its debut at SKMC

Posted on 30/03/2010

Assembled in the main lobby of the hospital, the patients heard a live piano recital which, according to specialist neurologists, can improve brain function, affect energy levels and even reduce pain. The recital was hosted by Dr Kamal Chemali, the director of music and medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, an American institution which uses complementary therapies such as art and music to aid a patient's recovery. The Cleveland Clinic also manages Sheikh Khalifa Medical City. Several types of ...  >>MORE

UAE aims to further reduce TB infections

Posted on 25/03/2010

The UAE will continue to fight the deadly disease TB (tuberculosis) and will reduce the infection to less than one per 100,000 people in the future, Dr Hanif Hassan, Minister of Health, said yesterday. He said despite the UAE being one of the few countries with the lowest number of TB cases in the world, the ministry will continue its national programme to eliminate the disease which takes two million lives worldwide every year. The minister attended a ceremony to mark World TB Day in ...  >>MORE

UAE Ministry of Health suspends Rotarix vaccine

Posted on 25/03/2010

The UAE Ministry of Health has decided to temporarily suspend usage of GlaxoSmithKline's Rotarix vaccine which is found to be contaminated with extraneous viral DNA bits from the porcine circovirus 1 (or PVC1), Dr Amin Al-Amiri, CEO for Medical Practice and Licensing at the Ministry announced Wednesday. A circular by the Ministry has ordered the immediate suspension of importing, distributing and selling any Rotarix suspended. It also ordered the manufacturer to completely pull the drug from ...  >>MORE

Emirates Mobile Hospital inaugurates first mobile unit for workers health care

Posted on 22/03/2010

The Emirates Mobile Hospital inaugurated the first mobile medical unit for occupational health and environmental safety. The unit includes a number of clinics providing health services equipped with diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive measures for workers in their various locations. H.E. Khadim Al Dari, Chairman of the Emirates World Humanitarian Mobile Hospital Working Committee stressed the importance of periodic inspection of workers to discover various diseases in their early stages ...  >>MORE

Tunisian Prime Minister discusses bilateral relations with UAE Minister of Health

Posted on 18/03/2010

Tunisia - The Tunisian Prime Minister, Mr. Mohamed Ghannouchi, received here yesterday the visiting UAE Minister of Health H.E. Dr Hanif Hassan Ali. The meeting was attended by Public Health Minister Mondher Zenaidi, and Abdullah Ibrahim Ghanim Al-Suwaidi, UAE Ambassador to Tunisia, and the UAE accompanying delegation and number of senior officials in the two countries. During the meeting, they discussed ways of enhancing and developing bilateral relations between UAE and Tunisia. Dr Hanif ...  >>MORE

Health Authority - Abu Dhabi hosts U.S. - Middle East Partnership for Breast Cancer Awareness and Research summit

Posted on 17/03/2010

The Health Authority - Abu Dhabi (HAAD), the regulatory body of the healthcare sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, hosted an international Partner Summit of the U.S.-Middle East Partnership for Breast Cancer Awareness and Research. Uniting leaders from across the Middle East, North Africa and their American partners, including ICF International and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the Summit was recently held at HAAD premises in Abu Dhabi. The purpose of the summit is for international ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi's Seha receives Mideast's first-of-its-kind mobile clinic

Posted on 17/03/2010

Ambulatory Healthcare Services (AHS), a member of Abu Dhabi Health Services Co. (Seha), announced that it received the biggest and first-of-its-king mobile clinic in the Middle East. It also revealed that it has been named as 'Mobile Clinic Solutions'. The aim of AHS in launching this clinic is to increase the coverage of medical care by reaching-out with healthcare service at the community-level in Abu Dhabi, while offering the residents the best care and more convenience. AHS plans to conduct ...  >>MORE

WHO approves UAE recommendations for blood transfusion safety in the world

Posted on 15/03/2010

The headquarters of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva, has approved the recommendations of the workshop that was organised by the UAE Ministry of Health through the Centre for Blood Transfusion '&' Research Services in Sharjah from 31st March 2009 till 2nd April 2009 as a global basis and measurement for supporting blood transfusion safety in the world. The World Health Organisation circulated this decision lately to all the seven regions in all parts of the world to adopt the ...  >>MORE

SKMC performs first positive cross match-desensitisation living donor kidney transplantation

Posted on 11/03/2010

The first successful positive cross match (PXM)-desensitisation living donor kidney transplantation was performed lately at Sheikh Khalifa Medical city (SKMC), managed by Cleveland Clinic, a SEHA health system facility. Since the Multi-organ Transplantation program at SKMC commenced in February 2008, 21 kidney transplants have been performed. The 50 year old patient, Abdul Ameer (Quality Surveyor), suffered from kidney failure for the last three years and had been on hemodialysis since then ...  >>MORE

Health Authority - Abu Dhabi launches comprehensive newborn screening programme

Posted on 11/03/2010

The Health Authority - Abu Dhabi (HAAD), the regulatory body of the healthcare sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, announced the launch of the newborn screening program, targeting genetic, endocrinologic, metabolic and hematologic diseases. The program ensures that every baby born in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has access to the comprehensive Newborn Screening Program for early screening and detection of inherited and hormonal disorders within the first days of life, with the aim to improve ...  >>MORE

Mubadala and Aldar announce main contractor for Cleveland Clinic

Posted on 09/03/2010

Mubadala Healthcare, a business unit of Mubadala Development Company PJSC (Mubadala), and Aldar Properties PJSC (Aldar) have today announced the appointment of Sixco-Samsung Joint Venture (SSJV) as the main contractor for the main construction package of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi (CCAD), following a recent competitive tender process. This announcement signals the second stage in the hospital's construction following the completion of enabling works and piling late last year. Cleveland ...  >>MORE

Free breast cancer tests in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 01/03/2010

With about seven breast cancer cases detected per thousand individuals, the Breast Cancer Centre in Tawam Hospital continues to promote early breast cancer detection across the emirate of Abu Dhabi. Women over the age of 40 residing in the capital city will be offered free mammography at a medical camp tomorrow and Wednesday, at the Corniche Hospital. "The number of [detected] breast cancer cases across the UAE is increasing because we're doing more screening, and are detecting more breast ...  >>MORE

Emirates National Field Hospital Enayah rolls out

Posted on 28/02/2010

The 'Zayed Giving Initiative' launched today the roaming Emirates National Field Hospital, Enayah (Care). The innovative idea follows the principle of taking hospital to patient rather than taking the patient to hospital. The move comes in line with the directives of Ruler's Representative in the Western Region and Chairman of the Red Crescent Authority (RCA) HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The hospital will provide health services to patients in various parts of the country, ...  >>MORE

UAE health care market expected to grow

Posted on 28/02/2010

The UAE health care market is expected to grow from Dh11.7 billion in 2005 to Dh43.7 billion in 2015, according to a recent report by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. A growth in Dubai's population thanks to an influx of expats has put a huge pressure on the health care infrastructure. Initiatives introduced by Dubai such as the setting up of free zones like the US$3 billion (Dh11 billion) Dubai Health Care City and US$400 million DuBiotech have succeeded in attracting leading ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi grants US$25 million to Global Malaria Partnership

Posted on 11/02/2010

The Government of Abu Dhabi announced today a grant of US$25 million, over five years, to support the work of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM). Specifically to scale-up malaria control worldwide and contribute to achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG) by 2015. Following the signing of the donor agreement, representatives of the Abu Dhabi Health Authority, H. E. Zaid Al Siksek, Chief Executive Officer, and Dr. Oliver Harrison, Director of Public Health '&' ...  >>MORE

UAE to launch a new anti-smoking campaign

Posted on 10/02/2010

A smoking heart, burning fingers and a snake coiled around the shisha pipe are among the five graphics that will be used as warnings on tobacco products in the country soon. People can expect to see these pictures, acquired exclusively by Khaleej Times, on cigarette packets and other tobacco products as soon as the Emirates Standardisation and Metrology Authority (ESMA) finalises the standardised packaging procedures being implemented GCC-wide. The graphics that will replace the written ...  >>MORE

Executive Office of GCC Health Ministers signs cooperation pact

Posted on 05/02/2010

Executive Office of the GCC Health Ministers and the Higher Institute for Public Health in Alexandria, Egypt signed a cooperation pact for the purpose of exchanging information and scientific cooperation in the field of public health in the Arab world as part of the 68th GCC Ministers of Health Conference. The MoU was signed by Dr. Tawfiq Bin Ahmed Khoja, Director General of the GCC Health Ministers Executive Office and Dr. Mostafa Ibrahim Murad, Dean of the Higher Institute for Public Health ...  >>MORE

UAE doctors join worldwide cancer awareness campaign

Posted on 04/02/2010

The slogan of the International Union against Cancer this year is: "If you love someone, tell them they stink". You can click on a heart-shaped button on the Union's website and send that message to someone who smokes. The World Health Organisation (Who) believes tobacco is the single largest preventable cause of cancer in the world today. Smoking causes 80 per cent of all lung cancer deaths, including deaths from cancer of the oral cavity, larynx, oesophagus and stomach. The Who theme ...  >>MORE

Stem Cell treatments to begin in the UAE soon

Posted on 04/02/2010

The Ministry of Health (MoH) has licensed a doctor to conduct stem cell transplant surgeries in the UAE for the first time. Dr Haluk Deda, a Turkish expert in treating spinal cord injuries and brain damages through stem cell therapy, will open his clinic in Dubai Health Care City (DHCC) this month. The arrival of Dr Haluk Deda, an expert in autologous stem cell transplant which uses stem cells from patients' own bone marrow, raises hopes for several patients here who otherwise had to either ...  >>MORE

Dubai to set up medical academy

Posted on 31/01/2010

Dubai Healthcare Authority (DHA), Active-M Group and Royal Philips Electronics, yesterday announced a joint venture to develop a framework for delivering and marketing a Continuous Medical Education (CME) academy. Based in Dubai, it will offer both international and local accredited courses for all medical practitioners in the UAE and the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC). It is scheduled to open in six months. Dr Khalil Qayed, DHA's Director of Medical Education, said: "This is a great ...  >>MORE

Princess Haya urges medical community to invest in prevention

Posted on 29/01/2010

Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, yesterday urged the medical community to invest in prevention in a keynote speech at Leaders in Healthcare, the flagship gathering at the Arab Health Exhibition and Congress. The focus of this year's Leaders in Healthcare was sustainable and green healthcare that would not only be environmentally friendly and ...  >>MORE

Dubai Health Authority unveils first facility in UAE that will help revolutionise diagnosis of cancer

Posted on 28/01/2010

The Director General of the Dubai Health Authority yesterday inaugurated the first facility in the UAE that shall help significantly improve cancer management for patients in the UAE and the region. The state-of-the-art facility is a factory which will manufacture an injection, which is required for patients who need to undergo PET (Positron Emission Tomography) scan. The injection has a short shelf life of only 10 hours and therefore importing it into UAE was a cumbersome process. Now, ...  >>MORE

Customers asked to return affected Tylenol

Posted on 19/01/2010

Consumers who have bought over-the-counter pain relief drug Tylenol have been asked to return the medicine, affected by traces of a particular chemical which gives it a ‘mouldy odour'. It has also been reported to have caused ‘non-serious' sickness in people in the US, to the respective pharmacy and claim a safer replacement. While no such complaint has been received in the UAE, the Ministry of Health on Saturday ordered a recall of the widely used pain and fever relief drug after the US ...  >>MORE

UAE expands recall of Tylenol pills after latest warning by US agency

Posted on 17/01/2010

A recall of Tylenol-brand products was expanded on Friday after US authorities warned that the manufacturer was too slow in dealing with a public-health threat. The expanded recall covers the pain-reliever and other over-the-counter drugs sold in the United Arab Emirates, the Americas and Fiji. McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a unit of Johnson & Johnson, said it was voluntarily recalling about 500 lots of the products, which include the pain relievers Tylenol, Motrin and St Joseph, a children's ...  >>MORE

Zayed Military Hospital inaugurates unit for treating Pulmonary Hypertension

Posted on 13/01/2010

The Zayed Military Hospital (ZMH) has inaugurated a unit for the treatment of Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) disease, which is considered the first treatment unit in the country. This comes under the continuous support of General H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and the direct follow-up of General Command of the Armed Forces. The unit operates under the supervision of skilled Physicians, Nurses, Technicians ...  >>MORE

H1N1 vaccination to cover all HealthCare workers in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 12/01/2010

Further to the measures taken to control the spread of H1N1 infection, the Health Authority - Abu Dhabi (HAAD), the regulatory body of the healthcare sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, issued a circular to all healthcare facilities in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi on the H1N1 vaccination process of healthcare workers. Healthcare facilities are to determine priority groups and organize the vaccination process to cover all its healthcare workers. Engineer Zaid AL Siksek, CEO of HAAD said: "It is ...  >>MORE

Khalifa issues federal anti-tobacco law

Posted on 07/01/2010

President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued federal law no 15 of 2009 banning import of tobacco and its by-products into the country unless specific standard requirements accredited in the UAE are met. Those conditions include posting of clear word and image warnings on the box and a ban on all kinds of advertisements, promotion and sponsorship of tobacco products. The law also prohibits smoking on modes of public transport and public closed places. Under the provisions of ...  >>MORE

SKMC surgeons perform first state-of-the-art awake brain surgery in the Gulf region

Posted on 29/12/2009

A multi-disciplinary team at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) managed by Cleveland Clinic recently performed the first awake brain open surgery in the gulf region. The surgery included a removal of a tumour from the patient brain located near the brain cells responsible for vocalization and speech. SKMC is owned and operated by SEHA, the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company, which is responsible for the curative activities of all the public hospitals and clinics in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. ...  >>MORE

Health Ministry gives details on Federal Health Authority

Posted on 28/12/2009

UAE's newly established Federal Health Authority will be responsible for the establishment, management and development of the federal government's hospitals and health centres as per the world's highest standards, according to the Minister of Health Dr Hanif Hassan Ali. Accordingly the Authority will be responsible for the process of rehabilitation those institutes, getting international accreditation for them as well as providing medical services and development and training their medical ...  >>MORE

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WHO discusses UAE annual report on polio eradication


MoH recalls Tylenol, confirms Zyrtec meets quality standards


Medicines recalled in UAE as precautionary measure


Saif bin Zayed inspects new field hospital


Sheikh Khalifa Medical City performs first ever child kidney transplant in the UAE


UAE joins International Workers Memorial Day


Plan to keep UAE malaria-free


Daman kicks off “Give blood, Give life campaign” in Abu Dhabi


UAE Minister of Health reviews National Report for Combating AIDS


Dubai Municipality launches "Youth without Smoking" campaign


Minister of Health meets Bavarian Minister of State


Rapid tests for HIV, Hepatitis


Musical therapy makes its debut at SKMC


UAE aims to further reduce TB infections


UAE Ministry of Health suspends Rotarix vaccine


Emirates Mobile Hospital inaugurates first mobile unit for workers health care


Tunisian Prime Minister discusses bilateral relations with UAE Minister of Health


Health Authority - Abu Dhabi hosts U.S. - Middle East Partnership for Breast Cancer Awareness and Research summit


Abu Dhabi's Seha receives Mideast's first-of-its-kind mobile clinic


WHO approves UAE recommendations for blood transfusion safety in the world


SKMC performs first positive cross match-desensitisation living donor kidney transplantation


Health Authority - Abu Dhabi launches comprehensive newborn screening programme


Mubadala and Aldar announce main contractor for Cleveland Clinic


Free breast cancer tests in Abu Dhabi


Emirates National Field Hospital Enayah rolls out


UAE health care market expected to grow


Abu Dhabi grants US$25 million to Global Malaria Partnership


UAE to launch a new anti-smoking campaign


Executive Office of GCC Health Ministers signs cooperation pact


UAE doctors join worldwide cancer awareness campaign


Stem Cell treatments to begin in the UAE soon


Dubai to set up medical academy


Princess Haya urges medical community to invest in prevention


Dubai Health Authority unveils first facility in UAE that will help revolutionise diagnosis of cancer


Customers asked to return affected Tylenol


UAE expands recall of Tylenol pills after latest warning by US agency


Zayed Military Hospital inaugurates unit for treating Pulmonary Hypertension


H1N1 vaccination to cover all HealthCare workers in Abu Dhabi


Khalifa issues federal anti-tobacco law


SKMC surgeons perform first state-of-the-art awake brain surgery in the Gulf region


Health Ministry gives details on Federal Health Authority