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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

Mandatory health cover plan for all

Posted on 07/05/2008

Every Emirati and expatriate in the country will be covered by compulsory health insurance under a new Government proposal to extend the law nationwide for the first time. Employers and sponsors will be responsible for funding the insurance under the federal proposal announced by the Minister of Health yesterday. It follows decisions by health authorities in Abu Dhabi and Dubai to implement a similar scheme in those emirates. The law will mean everybody living in the northern emirates – which ...  >>MORE

Royal Med strengthens its aero medical fleet

Posted on 05/05/2008

Royal Med, the Middle East's leading aeromedical evacuation services provider, has introduced a Learjet 60 to its fleet, thereby enhancing its medevac service capability. Royal Med is a division of Royal Jet, the international luxury flight services provider headquartered in Abu Dhabi and chaired by Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan. Royal Jet's President and CEO Shane O'Hare explained, 'We have made significant investments in Royal Med's infrastructure, personnel and aircraft in order to ...  >>MORE

UAE was the first country in the Middle East to be declared as Malaria-free: Al Qattami

Posted on 25/04/2008

The UAE was the first country in the Middle East to be declared by WHO as Malaria-free, according to Minister of Health Humaid Mohammed Al Qattami. In a statement to mark the World Malaria Day which will be observed on April 25th, Al Qattami said the UAE would continue its relentless efforts to ensue that Malaria does not make a comeback. "In view of the continues support lent to us by President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the entire leadership of our country, I'm sure we will ...  >>MORE

MoH signs twining agreement with German heart centre

Posted on 25/04/2008

Comprehensive range of cardiac care services will be available for heart patients in the northern emirates under a twining agreement signed by the UAE Ministry of Health (MoH) represented by the Sharjah hospital's cardiac surgeries centre and its German counterpart in Rotenberg, one of most highly acclaimed heart care centres in Europe. Signed in Germany, the agreement was part of the ministry's strategy to raise standards of heath services and medical specialisations. Under the terms of ...  >>MORE

200-bed trauma centre approved in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 17/04/2008

The Interior Minister, Lieutenant-General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, approved the design of the National Trauma Centre after a presentation was made to him by an ad hoc committee on Tuesday. Sheikh Saif said the centre was part of a broader initiative of the Abu Dhabi Police to build a series of humanitarian and services projects using revenues generated through auction of distinguished number plates. The minister instructed the committee to benefit from experiences of well-known ...  >>MORE

Mubadala awards Aldar the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi project

Posted on 10/04/2008

The Mubadala Development Company has awarded Abu Dhabi based Al Dar Properties, the much awaited contract to develop the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi project in Al Sowa Island off the coast of the capital city. With a total built up area of 500,000sq metres, the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi will be operational by 2011. The multi speciality hospital will have a 360 bed capacity in addition to clinics and other facilities consisting of 324 rooms. The agreement to establish a preeminent world-class ...  >>MORE

TB cases on the decline in UAE - MOH

Posted on 24/03/2008

Cases of tuberculosis in UAE are few and far between, according to a senior official at the Ministry of Health. The estimates prepared by the directorate of combating diseases in association with the World Health Organisation (WHO) have affirmed that the rate of tuberculosis (TB) is declining in the country. Director of TB combating cell at the Ministry of Health Dr. Juma Bilal said that the rate of the spread of the disease in the UAE is among the smallest in comparison to the other countries ...  >>MORE

Tawam Hospital to offer new treatment for refractory epilepsy

Posted on 24/03/2008

Tawam Hospital in affiliation with Johns Hopkins Medicine, now offers a new treatment for refractory epilepsy using Vagal Nerve Stimulation (VNS) therapy at Neurology/ENT department/unit. Commenting on refractory epilepsy, Michael E. Heindel, CEO of Tawam Hospital, said: "Epilepsy and its treatment can, in certain cases, be a challenge to doctors. The only non-pharmacologic treatment option for refractory epilepsy used to be surgery, however in approximately 10pc to 15pc of patients with this ...  >>MORE

Pfizer Chairman lauds UAE's Modern Healthcare System, Vision on Intellectual Property Rights

Posted on 17/03/2008

Jeffrey B. Kindler, Chairman and CEO of Pfizer Inc, the world's premier research-based pharmaceutical company, today visited the UAE to emphasise the company's presence in the Middle East region. This is one of many international visits made by the CEO to meet Pfizer colleagues and leaders around the globe to better understand local and regional business operations. During the visit, Kindler was received by H. E Mohammed Al Gergawi, UAE Minister of State for Cabinet Affair. He also met with ...  >>MORE

Julphar to inaugurate two plants next month

Posted on 17/03/2008

Ras Al Khaimah - based Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries (Julphar) will open in April two plants to produce antibiotics as part of the company's ambitious expansion plan. 'The two pharmaceutical manufacturing units - Julphar 8 and 9 - which cost Dh30 million will produce in the first phase over 50 kinds of antibiotics with a total capacity of 30 million syringes a year,' Abdul Razzaq Yousef, Chief Executive Officer of Julphar, said during a meeting Sunday with Dr. Ahmed Ibrahim, Secretary of the ...  >>MORE

Top US firm to design Fatima's hospital

Posted on 17/03/2008

United Eastern Medical Services (UEM), Abu Dhabi's privately owned healthcare development and investment company, has selected HKS, the number one healthcare designer and planner in the United States, to provide architectural services for its new state-of-the-art 160-bed women and children's hospital in Abu Dhabi. Um Al-Emarat Hospital or "Mother of the Emirates” is UEM's flagship project and will set new standards in architecture and healthcare delivery throughout the region. The new ...  >>MORE

UAE to hold first Blood Donor Day

Posted on 13/03/2008

The World Blood Donor Day will be commemorated on June 14 this year to create wider awareness of the need for safe blood for transfusion. The event will take place regionally for the first time. The Blood Donor Day is jointly coordinated by the World Health Organisation, The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, The International Federation of Blood Donor Organisations and The International Society of Blood Transfusion. Humaid Mohammad Obaid Al Qattami, Minister of ...  >>MORE

UAE minister to chair Best Arab Health Project Award

Posted on 09/03/2008

Minister of Health of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Humaid Mohammed Al-Qattami was elected by the Council of Arab Health Ministers as chairman of the board of trustees of the Best Arab Health Project Award. The UAE Minister will also chair a committee tasked with presenting proposals for the newly set-up award which will be headquartered in the United Arab Emirates. According to the decision which was taken by Arab health ministers at a meeting in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, Al-Qattami was also ...  >>MORE

Tobacco law may stub out shisha

Posted on 23/02/2008

The Ministry of Health plans to institute a complete ban on shisha and midwakh once the UAE introduces the federal anti-tobacco law, expected to come in by June. Smoking shisha, or the water pipe, is a popular pastime among Middle Easterners and others who associate the activity with Middle Eastern culture. Midwakh, or the Arabic pipe, is popular among teenagers who have said it gives a more intense high. The UAE has been working on a federal law regulating tobacco and its uses, content and ...  >>MORE

John Hopkins to manage two public hospitals in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 21/02/2008

Johns Hopkins Medicine International will manage Al Rahba Hospital following an agreement with the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) on Wednesday. Johns Hopkins has been managing Tawam Hospital in Al Ain since March 2006. Dr Ahmad Mubarak Al Mazroui, Chairman of SEHA, signed the agreement with Edward Miller, Dean of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. SEHA, meaning health in Arabic, is an independent, public company launched in December 2007 to manage and develop activities in public ...  >>MORE

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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


Mandatory health cover plan for all


Royal Med strengthens its aero medical fleet


UAE was the first country in the Middle East to be declared as Malaria-free: Al Qattami


MoH signs twining agreement with German heart centre


200-bed trauma centre approved in Abu Dhabi


Mubadala awards Aldar the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi project


TB cases on the decline in UAE - MOH


Tawam Hospital to offer new treatment for refractory epilepsy


Pfizer Chairman lauds UAE's Modern Healthcare System, Vision on Intellectual Property Rights


Julphar to inaugurate two plants next month


Top US firm to design Fatima's hospital


UAE to hold first Blood Donor Day


UAE minister to chair Best Arab Health Project Award


Tobacco law may stub out shisha


John Hopkins to manage two public hospitals in Abu Dhabi