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Mubadala Healthcare, Wooridul agree to establish spine centre in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 26/09/2008

Mubadala Healthcare, the specialist division of Mubadala Development Company, and Wooridul Spine Hospital of the Republic of Korea, today announced their agreement to establish a spine centre in Abu Dhabi. Scheduled for completion by the end of 2010, the Abu Dhabi Spine Centre will treat low-acuity spine injury patients, based on minimally invasive treatment principles, said a press release by Mubadala. The Centre will cover spine disease prevention, diagnosis, testing, treatment, ...  >>MORE

Survey to project True Public health Image of UAE

Posted on 22/09/2008

Over 5,000 families will be part of the first comprehensive international health survey being carried out by the UAE Ministry of Health in December this year. Besides the families (both expats and citizens), the survey will also cover 1,000 individuals (workers) from all over the country. The survey will project the true UAE public health image on both local and international levels, says Dr Ali bin Shukr, Chief Executive Officer of Support Services at the MoH. "An amount of Dh4 million has ...  >>MORE

New heart unit eases pain of surgery

Posted on 21/09/2008

With soft sounds of the sea filling the room, images of natural beauty projected on to the ceiling and coloured lighting adjustable to suit your mood, it would be easy to mistake this for a therapy lounge at a spa. However, this room, designed to achieve optimum levels of relaxation, is in fact where complex life-saving heart operations are carried out daily. This brand new facility, the first of its kind in the Middle East, uses the sensory effects of low lighting and soothing music to ...  >>MORE

Tobacco control law may come into force by year-end

Posted on 21/09/2008

The federal tobacco control law is expected to be implemented by the end of the year once the Federal National Council (FNC) holds deliberations on various aspects of the legislation that have been delayed by the summer holidays and Ramadan. The draft law has seen several delays since the Ministry of Health announced its intention to pass a tobacco control law for the UAE in keeping with the country's commitment to the World Health Organisation (WHO) Framework Convention of Tobacco Control. ...  >>MORE

Daman offers free prostate cancer screening

Posted on 18/09/2008

The National Health Insurance Company- Daman has announced the inclusion of a free annual prostate cancer screening in its enhanced plans for all their male customers above 45. Starting September 17th, all male customers aged 45 and above enrolled in Daman's enhanced plans will be eligible for an annual Prostatic Cancer Free Screening in the nominated healthcare providers included in Daman's Network. The screening includes clinical exam, the Rectal Sonogram and the Prostate Specific Antigen ...  >>MORE

20pc of UAE Males are Smokers: Study

Posted on 17/09/2008

Twenty per cent of UAE's males are smokers, according to a World Health Organisation (WHO) study, which says nearly three per cent of the country's adult females like to smoke too. According to the study, 24 per cent of the males as young as 13-15, and as many as 42 per cent of males aged 17 in the UAE are smokers. "Smoking is embedded in the eastern culture and we need to change the mentality of a significant part of our population,” said Dr Ahmed El Hakim, Director, External Affairs & ...  >>MORE

Thousands flock to Noor Dubai for eye treatment

Posted on 13/09/2008

Thousands in and near the Middle East, mostly children, have applied to a Dubai fund to restore their eyesight while hundreds are being helped within a week of its launch. Noor Dubai, launched on September 3, aims to provide a million children and adults suffering from visual problems with eyecare and treatment. It is the latest charitable initiative by His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai. Dr Manal Taryam, ...  >>MORE

New technique for children with urinary incontinence at SKMC

Posted on 02/09/2008

Dr Mario Patricolo, Consultant Pediatric Surgeon and Pediatric Urologist at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC), successfully performed the first procedures of botulinum toxin A injection into the urinary bladder of three children during May and June 2008. These cases are considered to be the first procedures using this new technique for pediatric patients in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a press release said Monday. Botulinum toxin A was previously used at SKMC only for adult cases, but ...  >>MORE

Tatweer Invests Dh3.68 Billion in New Wellness Resort at Dubai Healthcare City

Posted on 18/08/2008

Tatweer, a member of Dubai Holding, today announced it will establish an Dh3.68 billion Dubai Wellness Resort in Phase-II of Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC), a member of Tatweer. Tatweer's new initiative adds its investments in DHCC to a total of Dh12.5 billion, underpinning its profound support of delivering quality healthcare services, while driving the growth of life-improving industries across the region. DHCC has so far attracted Dh15 billion of additional investments from its partners, ...  >>MORE

Daman facilitates new visa process

Posted on 06/08/2008

The National Health Insurance Company- Daman, has launched plans to facilitate visit visa application procedures after receiving the necessary authorization. The move is in line with the ministerial decision No. 322/2008, which affects all applications for visit visas in the UAE. According to the new changes to the national visa system, several different types are now available for visitors. As of 1st of August, it has become mandatory under the newly implemented visa regulations to show proof ...  >>MORE

Dubai to get bus hospitals

Posted on 06/08/2008

The Dubai Centre for Ambulance Services will introduce three ‘bus hospitals' with intensive care units by early next year to significantly reduce the time taken to give medical attention to victims of road accidents. The ‘mass casualty buses' will feature an operation theatre and seating for people with minor injuries for treatment as they are ferried to hospitals. Currently, critical patients are airlifted to nearby hospitals by the Dubai Police Air Wing helicopters or transported by ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Khalifa Medical City offers heart resuscitation services

Posted on 30/07/2008

The Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) officially announced yesterday opening of the heart resuscitation section for the admitted and out patients. This section will be the first ever in the Middle East, which provides world-class services to the heart patients. Dr Awatif Al Sosi, director of the heart resuscitation services at the SKMC, said the heart physiotherapists help patients move, work and exercise under supervision, following heart failure, or heart surgery, or resume their natural ...  >>MORE

Efforts to empower UAE nationals

Posted on 28/07/2008

A new authority under the Dubai government was recently set up to act as an umbrella for social service organisations and was also tasked with promoting national identity and empowering UAE nationals. Gulf News spoke to Dr Mariam Mattar, Director General of the Community Development Authority (CDA), about the authority's plans and challenges ahead. Gulf News: What is the objective of CDA? Dr Mariam Mattar: CDA was launched to develop a framework for social development in line with the ...  >>MORE

UAE, US health officials discuss cooperation

Posted on 27/07/2008

Health officials and researchers from the UAE and Orlando City, FL. USA discussed ways to further boost cooperation on blood transfusion and medical research. The meeting which took place in Abu Dhabi also discussed the success of the World Donor Day 2008 which was hosted by the UAE under the patronage of President H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The two sides agreed on setting up UAE specialized teams for a visit to the United States during the next few months. CEO for Medical ...  >>MORE

Dr. Marian Kennedy of Al-Ain Oasis Hospital - Report

Posted on 21/07/2008

Dr. Marian Kennedy, who passed away on Thursday, July 17, at her home town of Carmichael, California, jointly opened with her husband, Pat Kennedy, the Oasis Hospital in Al-Ain in the early 1960s, in line with the wish of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Dr. Marian, who died at the age of 84, lived and worked in the UAE for about four decades, offering to the UAE people medical services at a time when the region lacked the most basic healthcare service. Through hard and selfless ...  >>MORE

Rebirth of Oasis Hospital in Al Ain

Posted on 20/07/2008

The Oasis Hospital, the Birthplace of Quality Healthcare for the Nation, introduced here today the design for a new facility that will meet the needs of the Eastern region and beyond for the 21st century. The move follows instructions of President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the follow up from Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces HH General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. "The new facility will include patient care space features that ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Khalifa Medical City becomes regional showcase for Philips' Ambient Experience Cath lab

Posted on 20/07/2008

Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC), managed by Cleveland Clinic, and Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI), announced yesterday that SKMC state-of-the-art Cardiac Sciences Department has become a regional reference site for Philips Ambient Experience Cath Lab, echocardiography and cardiovascular information solutions. The agreement will see Philips supplying and installing a Cath Lab solution which will include the Allura Xper FD 20/10 Witt, Philips' Hemodynamic system to SKMC. The ...  >>MORE

Tawam molecular imaging centre breaks ground

Posted on 14/07/2008

Mubadala Healthcare announced that it has broken ground on a state-of-the-art medical molecular imaging centre at the Tawam Hospital campus in Al Ain. The ceremony followed an agreement last year between Mubadala Development Company and Siemens Healthcare to create a stand-alone facility that will vastly improve diagnostic imaging in the region and contribute to more efficient treatment for patients. Scheduled for completion in 2009, the Tawam Molecular Imaging Centre will be among the first ...  >>MORE

Cancer centre to open in UAE

Posted on 13/07/2008

A research centre dedicated to fighting one of the biggest killers in the region is to be opened in the UAE, says the Ministry of Health. The plan was outlined to health professionals at a GCC meeting last month by Dr Mona al Kawari from the ministry, but was revealed publicly only yesterday. The health officials had come together from across the region to discuss the effects of cancer in their countries and the directives being undertaken to combat the disease. The centre will collect ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid issues decree to set up health council

Posted on 10/07/2008

Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has issued a decree establishing a national Health Council, under the chairmanship of the Health Minister, Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qattami. The council shall have as its members two representatives from each of the following institutions - the Ministry of Health (MoH), the Abu Dhabi Health Authority (ADHA), Dubai Health Authority (DHA), Dubai Health Care City (DHCC), the medical services ...  >>MORE

Federal Cabinet issues new rules for blood transfusion

Posted on 09/07/2008

The Federal Cabinet has approved a system for regulating blood transfusion all over the country. The mechanism, which was developed by the ministry of health, made it mandatory for all government and private health facilities at federal and local level to implement the assigned criteria and measures so as to ensure high standards of safety for patients in need of blood. The system set out responsibilities of blood banks, the doctor who prescribes the transfusion process and the supervisor who ...  >>MORE

MoH launches portal to provide direct access to public

Posted on 09/07/2008

Minister of Health Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qattami has launched Minister's Gate on the Ministry of Health's recently-revamped portal in order to provide direct access to the public. Members of the public can report all kinds of medical errors/complaints, availability and disbursement of medicines as well as any other health-related issues. In a message posted on http://www.moh.gov.ae Al Qattami says, "The new portal will be ...  >>MORE

WHO lauds UAE for ensuring clean blood donation

Posted on 06/07/2008

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that the UAE and China have made great achievement in getting rid of risk of contracting various diseases from contaminated blood from blood donors, adding that the two countries boast of 100% disease-free blood donation scheme. The organisation urged the two countries to boost up their system to make them a role model for others to follow. This came in a WHO report issued at the end of the World Blood Donation Week, which the UAE organised this ...  >>MORE

DHA unveil its new web site

Posted on 03/07/2008

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) yesterday unveiled a number of online initiatives to provide information on its ongoing transition programme. The DHA Director-General, Qadhi Saeed Al Murooshid, said, "Following the recent unveiling of our new logo, the launching of our new web site is the latest stage in the DHA's transition programme. The DHA web site provides a single point of reference for anyone wanting more information about our strategic review of the healthcare sector in Dubai. In ...  >>MORE

New medical tests from today

Posted on 01/07/2008

Effective today, expatriates will have to undergo a new set of medical fitness screening tests before acquiring their residency or employment visas. According to the new Government Federal Law No 7/2008, people renewing/applying for a residence or employment visa will have to undergo a number of medical fitness screenings for diseases including HIV, Hepatitis B & C, Tuberculosis and Syphilis. Two more tests —Hepatitis C and Syphilis — have been added to the existing three for which expatriates ...  >>MORE

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) issues annual report

Posted on 27/06/2008

Geneva - The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), issued its annual report on crisis worldwide, focusing on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). It added that the "complicated nature of AIDS makes it a top risk", indicating that "7, 000 people daily contract AIDS". 25 million people were killed by AIDS since 1980. 33 million people today are carriers of the disease. It has become a major threat in Sub-Saharan African countries". The report called on ...  >>MORE

Al Qattami opens the sixth GCC Occupational Health Conference in Dubai

Posted on 24/06/2008

UAE Health Minister HE Humaid Al Qattami, inaugurated on Sunday the sessions of the 6th annual GCC Occupational Health Conference, which is being organised by IRR Company under sponsorship of Ministry of Health from June 22- 26. Al Qattami delivered a speech in which he called for serious cooperation between public and private sectors, highlighting the role of private sector in achievement of the governmental developmental objectives. He added that the "conference is a scientific and ...  >>MORE

Mubadala, Aldar foresee joint development of medical facilities in UAE

Posted on 23/06/2008

Mubadala Healthcare and ALDAR Properties (ALDAR) yesterday announced they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore the development of new healthcare facilities at ALDAR developments in the United Arab Emirates. The MoU marks the beginning of discussions between Mubadala's specialist healthcare division and the property development company ALDAR. Under the terms of the MoU, the design and development of the facilities themselves would be carried out by ALDAR and then ...  >>MORE

'Hands of Charity' partners with Children's National Medical Centre in Washington

Posted on 20/06/2008

'Hands of Charity', a humanitarian initiative based in Abu Dhabi has signed an agreement with the Washington-based Children's National Medical Centre to work together to implement medical programmes for treatment of children suffering from birth disorders and carry out researches aimed at combating chronic, contagious and congenital diseases found among children in the region. The Hands of Charity was recently launched as per directives from Deputy Prime Minister HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed ...  >>MORE

MoH plans survey to identify causes of lifestyle diseases

Posted on 16/06/2008

The Ministry of Health (MoH) will carry out a comprehensive countrywide field study to identify the reasons behind the spread of lifestyle diseases. The goal of the study is to minimise the spread of behaviour-related diseases since there are great risks related to unhealthy eating habits, lack of exercise and random use of medications. In this regard, the UAE Minister of Health, Dr Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qattami recently met with the head of Nestle, which is also taking part in the study. ...  >>MORE

Emaar signs deal with Methodist to open hospitals

Posted on 16/06/2008

Emaar Healthcare Group (EHG) has entered into a strategic partnership with Methodist International (MI) to develop hospitals and healthcare facilities in key markets throughout the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) and Turkey. As part of the agreement, EHG, a subsidiary of Emaar Properties, and MI, the international subsidiary of The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, plan to open several hospitals throughout the region, including in the UAE, Algeria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey in the ...  >>MORE

UAE celebrates World Blood Donor Day 2008

Posted on 15/06/2008

Under the direct patronage of President H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE on Saturday celebrated the World Blood Donor Day 2008 at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi. The UAE is the first Arab country and the fifth worldwide to host the event which is being held under the theme "Giving Blood Regularly." The UAE Federal Health Minister Humaid Mohammed al-Qatami took part in the celebratory day which is hosted every year by a different country. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Khalifa's speech on World Blood Donor Day

Posted on 13/06/2008

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has urged blood donors to continue to perform their honourable act on regular basis and stressed the need for continuing voluntary non-remunerated blood donation. Sheikh Khalifa also emphasised that the health and safety of blood donors is an important issue. This came during a speech he delivered to mark UAE's declaration on blood safety, which coincides with the World Blood Donor Day. Following is the full text of President ...  >>MORE

Dubai gets new health care plan

Posted on 10/06/2008

From January 1, 2009, all residents of Dubai will compulsorily have to be part of a Health Funding System which will entitle them to affordable basic healthcare within the emirate. In a major announcement made by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) yesterday, Director-General of DHA Qadhi Saeed Al Murooshid said the new system will be compulsory for everyone. As per the new system, employers will contribute the majority of the funding provided through a flat rate to the Health Benefits ...  >>MORE

UAE celebrates World Blood Donor Day

Posted on 09/06/2008

UAE is celebrating the World Blood Donor Day under the patronage of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. World Blood Donor Day falls on 14th June every year and the Ministry of Health has planned a host of events in cooperation with World Health Organisation (WHO). Due to the remarkable technological advance, UAE has become the First country on the Arab level and the fifth on global level to adopt blood transfusion worldwide. Millions of people owe their lives to people ...  >>MORE

Ministerial Council approves new health council

Posted on 09/06/2008

Ministerial Council for Services has approved the creation of a health council to coordinate between federal and local health authorities on the one hand and the private sector on the other. The decision was made at a meeting chaired by Chairman of the Council and Minister of Presidential Affairs H.H Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al-Nahyan. The council also approved a bill regulating imports of date palm as well as the UAE's hosting the 3rd ...  >>MORE

Flying hospital seeks tie-ups with UAE medical fraternity

Posted on 09/06/2008

The Orbis Flying Eye is currently in Dubai seeking tie-ups with the ophthalmologist fraternity and the health authorities in Dubai. It is en route to Syria to offer medical training and eye care treatment to the Syrians. Also known as 'Flying United Nations', the Orbis Flying Eye has already toured 76 countries offering free medical training programmes and treatments. "Orbis has programmes in 86 countries, but the aircraft has only been to 76 countries," explained Geoffrey Holland, Executive ...  >>MORE

Thumbs down to smoking

Posted on 01/06/2008

The UAE earnestly embraced the global war against smoking on World No Tobacco Day yesterday by announcing that it would target youth, implement curbs and set up clinics to assist smokers to kick the butt. While Dubai — which has already banned smoking in enclosed public places — yesterday imposed curbs on shops from selling tobacco products including cigarettes to youth below 20 years, Sharjah geared up to implement the ban on smoking from today. The Ministry of Health (MoH), meanwhile, ...  >>MORE

Smoking ban in Sharjah from June 1

Posted on 29/05/2008

In A bid to transform Sharjah as a non-smoking emirate and to become one of the elite cities in the world, the government has decided to ban smoking at designated public places from June 1, expected to follow by a total ban. Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi has issued directions to the Municipalities and Agriculture Department (MAAD) to ban smoking at enclosed public places. The directive is part of implementing the highest ...  >>MORE

Egyptian hospital awarded UAE Health Award

Posted on 24/05/2008

Geneva- The European office of the United Nations has witnessed a ceremony conducted on the sideline of the meeting of the general assembly of World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, attended by representatives of more than 190 countries for presentation of WHO awards for this year. HE Humaid Obeid Al Qattami, Minister of Health, in the presence of Margaret Chan, director general of WHO, presented UAE Health Foundation prize for this year to Children's Cancer Hospital Foundation in Cairo, ...  >>MORE

HAAD unveils five-year strategic plan

Posted on 13/05/2008

The Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD) announced yesterday its 5-year strategic plan, which addresses 12 priorities based on the Government's vision for the health system of the Emirate and the comprehensively analysed needs of the population. HE Dr. Ahmed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Chairman of the HAAD emphasizes that "the strategic plan of the HAAD will substantially contribute towards the Government's mission to improve lives and ensure that present and future generations in the Emirate will be ...  >>MORE

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Mubadala Healthcare, Wooridul agree to establish spine centre in Abu Dhabi


Survey to project True Public health Image of UAE


New heart unit eases pain of surgery


Tobacco control law may come into force by year-end


Daman offers free prostate cancer screening


20pc of UAE Males are Smokers: Study


Thousands flock to Noor Dubai for eye treatment


New technique for children with urinary incontinence at SKMC


Tatweer Invests Dh3.68 Billion in New Wellness Resort at Dubai Healthcare City


Daman facilitates new visa process


Dubai to get bus hospitals


Sheikh Khalifa Medical City offers heart resuscitation services


Efforts to empower UAE nationals


UAE, US health officials discuss cooperation


Dr. Marian Kennedy of Al-Ain Oasis Hospital - Report


Rebirth of Oasis Hospital in Al Ain


Sheikh Khalifa Medical City becomes regional showcase for Philips' Ambient Experience Cath lab


Tawam molecular imaging centre breaks ground


Cancer centre to open in UAE


Mohammed bin Rashid issues decree to set up health council


Federal Cabinet issues new rules for blood transfusion


MoH launches portal to provide direct access to public


WHO lauds UAE for ensuring clean blood donation


DHA unveil its new web site


New medical tests from today


International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) issues annual report


Al Qattami opens the sixth GCC Occupational Health Conference in Dubai


Mubadala, Aldar foresee joint development of medical facilities in UAE


'Hands of Charity' partners with Children's National Medical Centre in Washington


MoH plans survey to identify causes of lifestyle diseases


Emaar signs deal with Methodist to open hospitals


UAE celebrates World Blood Donor Day 2008


Sheikh Khalifa's speech on World Blood Donor Day


Dubai gets new health care plan


UAE celebrates World Blood Donor Day


Ministerial Council approves new health council


Flying hospital seeks tie-ups with UAE medical fraternity


Thumbs down to smoking


Smoking ban in Sharjah from June 1


Egyptian hospital awarded UAE Health Award


HAAD unveils five-year strategic plan