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Dubai Healthcare City signs agreement with Boston University

Posted on 30/07/2007

Dubai Healthcare City, a member of Tatweer, announced yesterday the establishment of the world renowned Boston University Institute for Dental Research and Education Dubai and the Boston University Dental Health Centre Dubai, in the free zone. Dr. Muhadditha Al-Hashimi, the CEO of Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) recently signed an agreement with Boston University President Robert Brown and Dean Spencer Frankl of the School of Dental Medicine. The institute will focus on furthering dental research ...  >>MORE

Revamp to give healthcare a quality future in the UAE

Posted on 29/07/2007

Al Baraha Hospital in Dubai will be able to offer world-class medical facilities once a major revamp is completed. A consultancy team from Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) has been given the task of upgrading medical services at the hospital in partnership with Harvard Medical International. The team will develop a model for public-private partnership at Al Baraha – that could potentially be applied to other Ministry of Health hospitals like Al Baraha. The team, working under ministry guidelines, ...  >>MORE

Facility leads medical effort in region

Posted on 29/07/2007

Dubai Centre for Umbilical Cord Blood has provided stem cells for 34 patients of thalassemia and other blood diseases since it was opened in June last year. Dr Asma Al Asad, Director of Laboratories at the centre said the centre that is considered the first of its kind in the region, has stored 800 units of umbilical cord blood in its first year of operation. She said the centre helps in the treatment of various blood diseases, cancers, thalassemia as well as anaemia. Dr Al Asad said the aim ...  >>MORE

Ministry of Health to spend over Dh 2 billion in new medical facilities

Posted on 26/07/2007

New hospitals, clinics, laboratories, cardiac centres and nursing schools will come up in Dubai and Northern Emirates at an estimated total cost of over Dh2 billion, Health Minister Humaid Al Qattami has disclosed. In an interview with Arabic daily Al Ittihad, the Minister said that a new Dh 00 million ministry premises in Dubai will be ready by mid-2008.The Minister said that a consultant had been hired to conduct designs for reconstruction of the 200-bed Hope Psychiatric Hospital in Dubai at ...  >>MORE

US$1 million contributed to anti-cancer effort

Posted on 15/07/2007

Rabat - Isa Hamad Abu Shihab, UAE Ambassador to Morocco met on Friday with Lateefa Abida, Secretary General of the Lala Salma Anti-Cancer Foundation (LSACF). During the meeting which was attended by Saleh Mohammed Al Mulla, Deputy Secretary General of the UAE Red Crescent Authority (RCA) and Rasheed Al Baqali, Director of the LSACF, Abu Shihab conveyed the greetings of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the RCA and H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak to ...  >>MORE

UAE participates in 5th World Congress on Design & Health

Posted on 11/07/2007

The UAE Federal Ministry of Health has participated in the 5th World Congress on Design & Health, which was hosted by the International Academy for Design and Health (IADH), and took place from 27 June to 1 July in Glasgow, UK. The UAE was represented at the congress by Engineer Saddiqa Mohammed Saleh, Director of Engineering Services Department in Dubai. She becomes the first Arab engineer to participate in the gathering. The UAE participation in the gathering comes as part of the UAE federal ...  >>MORE

Stem cells save lives in Dubai

Posted on 09/07/2007

The Dubai Centre for Umbilical Cord Blood has provided stem cells for 34 patients with thalassaemia and other blood diseases since it was opened in June last year. Dr Asma Al Asad, director of laboratories at the centre said the institution, which is considered the first of its kind in the region, has stored 800 units of umbilical cord blood in its first year of operation. She said the centre helps in the treatment of various blood diseases, cancers, thalassaemia and anaemia. Dr Al Asad said ...  >>MORE

Al Mafraq Hospital to be managed by Thailand-based American Hospital

Posted on 20/06/2007

General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, said yesterday that the four-year agreement signed by the Health Authority - Abu Dhabi, with Bangkok-based Bumrungrad International Limited (BIL) to manage Al Mafraq Hospital marks another important step towards implementing the vision of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, to provide the UAE people with a health system within their own ...  >>MORE

Agreement signed to help develop health sector and attract experts

Posted on 13/06/2007

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General Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, yesterday received an Austrian delegation from Vienna University and Phamed Health Company. The Abu Dhabi Health Authority, meanwhile, signed a partnership agreement with Vienna University - a leading medical college and educational hospital in Austria and Europe - and the Phamed Company - a leading health provider - to help develop the health sector in Al Ain. The ...  >>MORE

Agreement between Health Authority & Cleveland Clinic

Posted on 05/06/2007

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The Health Authority Abu Dhabi and the Cleveland Clinic, ranked one of the top three hospitals in the USA, yesterday signed a significant partnership agreement to rapidly and comprehensively transform health services in the city of Abu Dhabi. The agreement between the two parties was signed at the Sea Palace in Abu Dhabi, in the presence of General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council. Cleveland Clinic will take over ...  >>MORE

UAE to mark "World No Tobacco Day"

Posted on 31/05/2007

Health professionals, educators and concerned citizens across the UAE will mark "World No Tobacco Day" today, with a variety of events designed to draw attention to one of the leading causes of death and illness in the region. A special event will be held at the Al Bustan Rotana Hotel in Dubai, attended by Humaid Mohamed Al Qutami, the UAE Minister for Health, to celebrate some of the community activities which have been organised to publicise anti-tobacco initiatives in the region. The ...  >>MORE

Celebrities to kick-start ban on public smoking

Posted on 29/05/2007

The Municipality in Dubai will hire the services of celebrities, among them film stars, singers and artists to kick-start their campaign to ban smoking in public places on May 31. "We are also signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with various public sector departments to ensure strict implementation of the ban on smoking," a Dubai Municipality spokesperson told Gulf News. The Municipality will sign MOUs with the Department of Health and Medical Services, Dubai Police, Roads and ...  >>MORE

World No Tobacco Day is "Critically Important" for the Middle East

Posted on 20/05/2007

This year's World No Tobacco Day which falls on May 31st, the annual event sponsored by the World Health Organisation, is critically important for the Middle East region, according to health experts and legislators. The aim of the day is to increase awareness globally about the dangers of tobacco use, to encourage governments to strictly regulate tobacco products and to get individuals to quit tobacco use. According to the World Health Organization, every eight seconds a person dies of a ...  >>MORE

UAE to participate in WHO meeting

Posted on 13/05/2007

The UAE will participate in the 60th general assembly meeting of the World Health Organisation during May 14-23. Humaid Al Qatami, Health Minister left Monday for Switzerland to lead the UAE delegation to the meeting. He said the meetings will discuss the Executive Council's reports for the 118th, 119th and 120th sessions, and means for combating bird flu and other epidemics. (Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Dubai Healthcare City develops Centralised Data Warehouse

Posted on 01/05/2007

Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC), a member of Tatweer, has introduced an electronic centralized data warehouse capable of collecting, storing and maintaining patients records required for quality monitoring, statistics reporting and planning purposes. The new system, HIRAS (Healthcare Information Reporting and Analysis System), will contribute to protecting the privacy of patient data in DHCC's Electronic Health Record. "Personal information is a sensitive issue for patients and one that ...  >>MORE

Modern health facilities will keep the region fighting fit

Posted on 08/04/2007

The UAE is building multiple healthcare facilities as it cashes in on growing demand for medical treatment in the GCC. Demand of healthcare will more than double to around US$60 billion (Dh220bn) a year by 2025, spurring governments to provide incentives for private-sector investment, says a report by financial experts. The report by Abraaj Capital on the opportunities in infrastructure in the Middle East-North Africa-South Asia (Menasa) region indicates that demand for healthcare services ...  >>MORE

President issues decree to set up ADHSC

Posted on 06/04/2007

President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in his capacity as Ruler of Abu Dhabi, has issued a decree, setting up Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (ADHSC) as a public joint stock company. The new company, which shall be simply known as "SIHHA", shall be an independent corporate body, enjoying full legal status to practice its activities and to achieve its objectives. It shall also enjoy financial and administrative independence with its headquarters in Abu Dhabi. Branches of the new ...  >>MORE

UAE wins the war against malaria

Posted on 13/03/2007

After more than 30 years of hard work, the UAE has become the first country in the Arab and Mediterranean region to be declared free of malaria by the World Health Organisation (WHO). "Our celebration of the UAE as a malaria free country asserts that the state has occupied its well-deserved place among other states who achieved this goal. I have the honour to announce the UAE as a malaria-free country,” said Minister of Health Humaid Mohammed Al Qattami. Minister Al Qattami was speaking ...  >>MORE

DHCC to get Dh1b WorldCare centre

Posted on 28/02/2007

WorldCare is to build the Middle East's largest wellness centre at Phase II of Dubai HealthCare City (DHCC) at a cost of Dh1 billion. The WorldCare Wellness Centre will be developed with the Duke University Health System and Partners Healthcare System. The Dh1 billion WorldCare Wellness Centre will offer wellness programmes modelled and designed after the award-winning Duke diet and fitness programme, the most respected and effective weight loss programme in the United States. The ...  >>MORE

Tawam Hospital opens state-of-art intensive care unit

Posted on 26/02/2007

A new state-of-the art intensive care unit has opened at Tawam Hospital. The hospital claims the new facility is the largest and the first intensive care unit (ICU) in the country to be equipped with an electronic patient charting system and a dedicated pharmacy and laboratory. The ICU was yesterday inaugurated by Sheikh Tahnoun Bin Mohammad Al Nahyan, the Ruler's Representative in the Eastern Region, who later toured the facility and met with the patients. Tawam Hospital is affiliated with ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Health Authority formed

Posted on 13/02/2007

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in his capacity as the Ruler of Abu Dhabi, yesterday issued a law establishing the Abu Dhabi Health Authority. This new authority replaces the General Authority for Health Services. The law No 1 for 2007 stipulates that the authority will be a corporate body with legal capacity that enjoys full administrative and financial independence. According to the law, the Abu Dhabi Health Authority will be responsible for improving the ...  >>MORE

Sultan opens Dh370m Royal Hospital in Sharjah

Posted on 29/01/2007

His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, yesterday opened the Dh370 million Royal Hospital in Sharjah. Attending the opening ceremony were Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, Sheikh Faisal Bin Khalid Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Chairman of the hospital's board of directors, and Health Minister Humaid Mohammad Obaid Al Qutami, in addition to other Sheikhs and senior officials. ...  >>MORE

UAE gets cervical cancer vaccine

Posted on 07/01/2007

The UAE has become the first country in the Middle East to acquire the vaccine against cervical cancer, Gardasil, following the Ministry of Health's approval. It was recently announced that Professor Ian Frazer, Director of the University of Queensland's Centre for Immunology and Cancer Research (CICR), Australia was a potential candidate for a Nobel Prize for the creation of the first and only vaccine against cervical cancer. Gardasil, which is distributed by Merck Sharp & Dohme, is now ...  >>MORE

Nationwide open blood donation drive starts next Monday

Posted on 24/12/2006

An open nationwide blood donation drive is set to start on next Monday at the premises of the Ministry of Social Affairs in Abu Dhabi. Held under the theme "Your Blood Gives Life To Others" and patronized by the UAE Minister of Social Affairs Maryam Khalfan Al Roumi, the said drive which is organized out of the Federal Ministry's interest in supporting humanitarian actions and encouraging unconditional giving, is scheduled at the other Ministry's premises in all other emirates on successive ...  >>MORE

Scores grill health department chief in first face-to-face encounter

Posted on 24/11/2006

In a first face-to-face encounter with the director of the medical services, residents complained about the long waiting time for medicines and appointments at Dohms clinics. More than a dozen residents turned up to give their feedback and question the head of the local health authority during the first open day of the Department of Health and Medical Services (Dohms), held to improve services. Qadi Saeed Murooshid, director-general of Dohms, met with 15 people during the three-hour ...  >>MORE

New Bill to protect patients' rights unveiled in Dubai

Posted on 20/11/2006

The city's health authority has streamlined patients' rights at its facilities, including the right to refuse treatment, request a specific doctor and receive immediate care, in a bid to improve standards of care. The Dubai Department of Health and Medical Services (Dohms) has launched its patient bill of rights, guaranteeing 27 rights for patients. The informational booklet and leaflet, published in Arabic and English, will be distributed to the public upon arrival at any Dohms healthcare ...  >>MORE

British eye hospital to establish overseas branch in Dubai

Posted on 15/11/2006

Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC), a member of Tatweer, and the UK's Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust have signed an agreement f or the development and fit out of the Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai. The Dubai branch of one of the world's most famous eye hospitals is scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2007 in the Al Razi Medical Complex at phase one of Dubai Healthcare City. It will be the first overseas branch of Moorfields Eye Hospital. Moorfields Eye Hospital London was ...  >>MORE

RCS launches diabetes test campaign

Posted on 06/11/2006

The Red Crescent Society (RCS) has launched 25 kiosks in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain for testing diabetes as part of its effort to reach out to underprivileged categories and control the increasing cases of diabetes among population. Sanaa Darwish Al Kutbi, RCS Secretary General, said the initiative which was inaugurated last Thursday aims at educating members of public about the dangers of diabetes and conducting a field survey on the disease in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain with the purpose of establishing a ...  >>MORE

US-UAE breast cancer partnership launched

Posted on 01/11/2006

Distinguished medical professionals, breast cancer awareness advocates, and government entities from the Middle East and the United States launch today the US-UAE Partnership for Breast Cancer Awareness and Research tomorrow. The Partnership brings together organisations from the Middle East and the United States in an effort to increase breast cancer awareness, research activities, workplace education programs and support mechanisms for women in the Middle East. The unique international ...  >>MORE

Divers plummet for pink campaign

Posted on 26/10/2006

Jumpers at the Umm al-Qaiwain Aeroclub yesterday took the plunge in pink in support of the National Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign. The campaign, which was launched this month, aims to encourage as many women in the UAE to get tested for breast cancer by offering discounted and free mammograms at selected centres across the Emirates. "To my knowledge, this is the first time skydivers have ever jumped for breast cancer awareness in the UAE,” said Captain Khalid Masud Butt, Managing ...  >>MORE

UAE population growth spurs medical equipment industry

Posted on 21/10/2006

The UAE's explosive population growth has benefited many sectors of the economy. And the medical equipment industry is no exception. According to a government report, Dubai's population alone is expected to surge to 1.6 million by 2010 if current growth rates are maintained. Experts have highlighted the need for a similarly expanding ambulance service equipped with high-tech machinery to resuscitate patients and keep them breathing en-route to the nearest hospital. Two leaders in their ...  >>MORE

UAE has third highest number of hospitals

Posted on 11/10/2006

The UAE came second among the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) states, after the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, vis-à-vis the number of hospital beds. It came third after Saudi Arabia and the Sultanate of Oman, with regard to the number of hospitals, according to a GCC statistics report. The report showed that the country's 36 government-run hospitals have 6,726 beds while the 30 private hospitals have 1,617 beds, with the exception of the police, defence and oil industry-run hospitals. GCC states ...  >>MORE

Breast cancer awareness campaign gets under way

Posted on 02/10/2006

The National Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign was launched at the Ministry of Health in Abu Dhabi yesterday. Hoffmann-La Roche and GE Healthcare offered their support to the campaign, which is being held in conjunction with the Ministry of Health, the General Authority for Health Services (Gahs) in Abu Dhabi and Dubai's Department of Health and Medical Services (Dohms) in a joint effort to increase awareness on the importance of early detection. The campaign, Early Detection Saves Lives, ...  >>MORE

Ministry to remedy high cost of drugs

Posted on 28/09/2006

The UAE is planning to produce cheaper medicinal drugs, the Minister of Health said yesterday. Faced with a huge import bill for drugs and pharmaceuticals produced abroad and complaints about the high costs of medicines, the Ministry of Health (MoH) is now taking steps to boost the local production of medicines. "The MoH is going to support the private drug production industry in the UAE due to the importance of these local companies in developing the sector and advancing the medical ...  >>MORE

UAE joins global campaign to raise hospital hygiene

Posted on 19/09/2006

The UAE has signed up to an international campaign to improve hygiene standards and cut the spread of infection in hospitals. Both government and private hospitals will be involved in the initiative, which will focus on things such as more frequent hand-washing by hospital staff. The UAE joined the World Health Organisation Global Patient Safety Challenge when Minister of Health Humaid Mohammad Obaid Al Qutami signed a document this week as part of the Patient Safety Congress taking place at ...  >>MORE

Battle against cancer to go hi-tech at Dubai Hospital

Posted on 17/09/2006

Dubai Hospital will be provided with a groundbreaking machine that could help early diagnosis of cancer, a senior health official has said. Emirates Today had earlier reported that doctors were frustrated that their requests for the Positron Emission Tomography (PET) machine were turned down. But now the Dubai Department of Health and Medical Services Dohms (Dohms) has promised to provide the funds – believed to be Dh36.7 million – soon to purchase the machine. "We saw an increase in ...  >>MORE

Cleveland Clinic and Mubadala Development to create Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Posted on 14/09/2006

Cleveland Clinic (USA) and Mubadala Development of Abu Dhabi yesterday signed an agreement to establish a pre-eminent world-class hospital in Abu Dhabi to be known as Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. This initiative is set to create a new benchmark for the development and promotion of healthcare services in the Middle East. Under the terms of the 15-year agreement, Cleveland Clinic will establish, develop and operate a world class specialty hospital and clinic in Abu Dhabi, using the Cleveland ...  >>MORE

Private stem cell bank opens its doors

Posted on 13/09/2006

Parents in Dubai can now store stem cells from the umbilical cord of their newborn baby with a private laboratory. Cryo-Save opened its new facility in Dubai yesterday and revealed that parents would have to pay Dh13,000 to have their child's cord blood stored for 20 years. The private cord blood bank has been launched two months after the public Dubai Cord Blood and Research Centre opened. Yesterday's opening ceremony at the centre's temporary home in Knowledge Village it will later move ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi residents' health cards to be valid for 4 months

Posted on 07/09/2006

Residents here will be issued health cards with a four-month validity as of September 10, according to a health official. In line with the Health Insurance Law No 25/2006 in Abu Dhabi, which would be applied in two stages, the validity of health cards issued to non-nationals would be amended from one year to four months, until all residents are provided with private health insurance, said Ali Al Gumzi, director of the Financial Department at the General Authority of Health Services. Health ...  >>MORE

Mubadala and Imperial College London launch world-class diabetes centre in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 15/08/2006

Abu Dhabi's new state-of-the- art diabetes Centre was officially opened yesterday by His Highness Sheikh Surour bin Mohammed Al Nahyan. The Imperial College London Diabetes Centre (ICLDC), the UAE's largest multidisciplinary diabetes facility, will be dedicated to prevention, treatment, training and research covering all aspects of diabetes and its complications. The event was attended by His Excellency Sultan Bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, President of the Tourism Committee, Emirates of Abu Dhabi. ...  >>MORE

World’s first foetal ECG test developed in Sharjah

Posted on 09/07/2006

A Sharjah-based medical team has invented a device which it is hoped will save the lives of countless unborn babies. Their innovation is the first to provide readings of a foetus's electric heart pattern without the need for an invasive procedure. The device is an adaptation of the electrocardiogram (ECG) machine, which records the electrical voltage of the human heart along a continuous strip graph. The new machine can reveal the tiny fluctuations in an unborn baby. "This invention has ...  >>MORE

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Dubai Healthcare City signs agreement with Boston University


Revamp to give healthcare a quality future in the UAE


Facility leads medical effort in region


Ministry of Health to spend over Dh 2 billion in new medical facilities


US$1 million contributed to anti-cancer effort


UAE participates in 5th World Congress on Design & Health


Stem cells save lives in Dubai


Al Mafraq Hospital to be managed by Thailand-based American Hospital


Agreement signed to help develop health sector and attract experts


Agreement between Health Authority & Cleveland Clinic


UAE to mark "World No Tobacco Day"


Celebrities to kick-start ban on public smoking


World No Tobacco Day is "Critically Important" for the Middle East


UAE to participate in WHO meeting


Dubai Healthcare City develops Centralised Data Warehouse


Modern health facilities will keep the region fighting fit


President issues decree to set up ADHSC


UAE wins the war against malaria


DHCC to get Dh1b WorldCare centre


Tawam Hospital opens state-of-art intensive care unit


Abu Dhabi Health Authority formed


Sultan opens Dh370m Royal Hospital in Sharjah


UAE gets cervical cancer vaccine


Nationwide open blood donation drive starts next Monday


Scores grill health department chief in first face-to-face encounter


New Bill to protect patients' rights unveiled in Dubai


British eye hospital to establish overseas branch in Dubai


RCS launches diabetes test campaign


US-UAE breast cancer partnership launched


Divers plummet for pink campaign


UAE population growth spurs medical equipment industry


UAE has third highest number of hospitals


Breast cancer awareness campaign gets under way


Ministry to remedy high cost of drugs


UAE joins global campaign to raise hospital hygiene


Battle against cancer to go hi-tech at Dubai Hospital


Cleveland Clinic and Mubadala Development to create Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi


Private stem cell bank opens its doors


Abu Dhabi residents' health cards to be valid for 4 months


Mubadala and Imperial College London launch world-class diabetes centre in Abu Dhabi


World’s first foetal ECG test developed in Sharjah