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National anti-diabetes committee formed

Posted on 13/03/2009

Health Minister H.E. Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qattami has issued a resolution, forming the National Anti-Diabetes Committee (NADC) under the chairmanship of Dr Ali Ahmed bin Shukr, director general of the ministry. The 20-member committee comprises representatives from different ministries, healthcare facilities and organisations concerned with the welfare of the diabetes patients in the UAE. The committee is mandated with drawing up and implementing national strategies for combating the ...  >>MORE

MOH asserts that UAE is self sufficient of blood and its components since 1984

Posted on 09/03/2009

Ministry of Health asserted that UAE became self sufficient of blood and its components since 1984, the year when the country stopped importing blood from outside for treatment purposes. Executive Director of Medical Practice and Licensing at the MOH and Chairman of the Higher National Blood Transfusion Committee Dr. Amin Bin Hussain Al-Amiri said that there never happened any deficiency in the reserves of blood or its basic components in the country at all. People from over 77 nationalities ...  >>MORE

Cigarette packs to go graphic

Posted on 04/03/2009

Starting September, tobacco products in the UAE will carry a message and a warning that will be hard to ignore. Graphics of blackened lungs and a haemorrhage-impacted brain, among others, will provide stark warnings about the dangers on cigarette packs sold in the country, following in the footsteps of the UK, Canada and Brazil. Dr Wedad Al Maidoor, head of the National Tobacco Control Committee, told Gulf News the World Health Organisation (WHO) donated the pictures to the UAE to help with ...  >>MORE

War victims turn to UAE prosthetics unit for help

Posted on 04/03/2009

A growing number of people disfigured in the region's conflicts are turning to doctors at Al Rashid Hospital who specialise in building lifelike new eyes, ears, noses, fingers and toes. The hospital's prosthetic restoration unit is the only one in the UAE and one of only three in the Middle East. It is unique in offering custom-made facial and body parts. "Since the recent conflict in Palestine, and also Iraq, we have had patients coming in from there with wounds,” said Dr Daril Atkins, a ...  >>MORE

German General Hospital to open in Khalifa City next year

Posted on 03/03/2009

A new general hospital built and operated by German experts is to come up on a 40,000 square metre plot in Abu Dhabi's Khalifa City in collaboration between two local trading houses. The German General Hospital (Middle East) will be a first-of-its-kind effort in the region, which will be fully managed and operated by qualified German medical experts, including specialist doctors and nurses. It is targeted to be fully operational in the last quarter of 2010. The project will be jointly ...  >>MORE

Princess Haya joins 500 participants to raise awareness on arthritis

Posted on 22/02/2009

HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE Ruler of Dubai joined 500 participants in the Emirates Arthritis Foundation's (EAF) second annual walkathon in solidarity to raise public awareness on the disease. Princess Haya along with the participants at Dubai Festival City completed the 2.5 km walkathon. "Arthritis is not an age defined disease. When young people with arthritis do not get the right treatment ...  >>MORE

Dh600m hospital for women and children in capital

Posted on 19/02/2009

A world-class hospital for women and children, Danat Al Emarat, being built in the capital at a cost of Dh600 million will be ready in early 2011. The hospital will be located in the Armed Forces Officers City in Mohammad bin Zayed City. Mohammad Ali Al Shorafa, managing director and CEO of United Eastern Medical, told Khaleej Times on Tuesday that the hospital would be the first of its kind for women and children in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. United Eastern Medical ...  >>MORE

UAE to serve as model with anti-aids law

Posted on 14/02/2009

A joint committee to hammer out an Anti-Aids draft law has been set up by the Ministry of Health and World Health Organisation (WHO), Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Quttami, Minister of Health told Khaleej Times on Thursday. "The bill will help confine the deadly ailment to the narrowest possible levels, and make the UAE free of the deadly ailment within the next few years,” he said. In reply to a question on the outlines of the draft law, he said, "It will be distinctive in every issue it ...  >>MORE

UAE signs deal on bone marrow transplant

Posted on 10/02/2009

The UAE's Ministry of Health (MoH) is now officially the only entity in the Arab world to be part of the International Bone Marrow Transplant Registry (IBMTR), said a senior official to Gulf News. The Health Minister Humaid Al Qutami and Richard Crotty, Mayor of Orange County Government, representing the USA Transfusion Services (USA-TS) - Florida's Blood Centers - signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) yesterday morning that states that both parties will partner in exchange and advanced ...  >>MORE

Report: UAE healthcare market to reach Dh43.7 billion in 2015

Posted on 08/02/2009

The value of the healthcare market in the UAE alone is expected to rise to US$11.9 billion in 2015, from US$3.2 billion in 2005, according to a recent report. "At present, almost US$14 billion worth of healthcare-related projects are underway across the Gulf region, with Saudi Arabia alone spending more than US$6.6 billion on a total of 83 projects, and the UAE and Qatar spending a respective US$2.9 billion and US$2.8 billion", said the report which was released by UAE-headquartered Crescent ...  >>MORE

WHO hails UAE's successful anti malaria campaign

Posted on 08/02/2009

World Health Organisation (WHO) expert has lauded the UAE's successful anti malaria campaign. Abraham Menzfa, WHO expert for the Eastern Mediterranean Office, called on the health authorities to continue following up the anti malaria plan as outlined by WHO even after declaring the UAE malaria-free for precautionary measures. He advised the authorities to continue detecting and diagnosing incoming cases from abroad. Menzfa toured the anti malaria teams in the field, where he was briefed about ...  >>MORE

Capsule endoscopy proves to be successful at ADP-MSD

Posted on 01/02/2009

In yet another ambitious move of its continuous innovation programme, the Medical Services Directorate of the AD Police has successfully performed the capsule endoscopy for diagnosing a disease in the digestive system of one of its patients. It is the first time in the UAE the new diagnostic tool is successfully tested and found effective in diagnosing colon disease. Capsule endoscopy brings to the health sector a new technology for mapping the intestines, a process which called for surgical ...  >>MORE

MOH signs agreement with MTA

Posted on 29/01/2009

The UAE Ministry of Health and the Florida-based Medical Tourism Association (MTA) signed yesterday an agreement for cooperation in the related field. The agreement mandates MTA's activities in the UAE, as it will promote the interests of the healthcare providers and medical tourism facilitators in the country. MTA is an international non-profit association made up of the top international hospitals, healthcare providers, medical travel facilitators, insurance companies, and other affiliated ...  >>MORE

VP opens Arab Health 2009

Posted on 27/01/2009

His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, officially inaugurated Arab Health, the Middle East's biggest gathering of health and medical professionals. The event runs until January 29 at Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Centre. He later spent more than an hour touring the sell-out exhibition, at which more than 2,300 companies from around the world are exhibiting products and services, and listened ...  >>MORE

UAE ready to share Malaria treatment experience with all countries

Posted on 25/01/2009

The UAE Ministry of Health is keen on sharing its preventive medicine experience with all other countries seeking help in combating Malaria, said the UAE Minister of Health Humaid Mohammed Al Qattami. He said the Ministry provided all resources to the World Health Organization's teams to experience first-hand the UAE's active efforts to eradicate the disease in the Arabian Peninsula and other parts of the world. The Minister's remarks came at a meeting with a delegation from WHO's Western ...  >>MORE

Women’s health bus to tour Dubai

Posted on 24/01/2009

A bus offering information and advice about cervical cancer will tour Dubai in coming weeks to educate women about the disease, which has become almost as prevalent as breast cancer. The information bus is a joint programme of the Emirates Cervicare Network, the Ministry of Health and Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). The bus will take to the streets around the emirate, including inner city locations. The number of women diagnosed with cervical cancer in increasing rapidly in the ...  >>MORE

Federal anti-smoking law carries stiff enalties

Posted on 23/01/2009

Stiff penalties, including prison and fines of up to Dh50,000, will be imposed on individuals or establishments for violations of a new federal anti-smoking law, a Ministry of Justice official said on Thursday. The draft law includes a ban on the sale of cigarettes to people under 18 years. The draft of the law will be finalised by the Health Affairs Committee of the Federal National Council on Monday and would be submitted to the House for approval, committee chairman Abdullah Al Shehi said ...  >>MORE

UAE, WHO sign pact on blood screening

Posted on 22/01/2009

The UAE is now responsible for screening all blood samples from Eastern Mediterranean countries after it was on Wednesday officially affiliated with the World Health Organisation (WHO). The agency's flag was hoisted by Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Sharjah Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler, at the Sharjah Blood Transfusion and Research Centre. The event coincided with the inauguration of the nucleic acid testing (NAT) laboratory, which can make early detections of the HIV/Aids ...  >>MORE

Women’s health bus to tour Dubai

Posted on 22/01/2009

A bus offering information and advice about cervical cancer will tour Dubai in coming weeks to educate women about the disease, which has become almost as prevalent as breast cancer. The information bus is a joint programme of the Emirates Cervicare Network, the Ministry of Health and Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). The bus will take to the streets around the emirate, including inner city locations. The number of women diagnosed with cervical cancer in increasing rapidly in the ...  >>MORE

‘Brain pacemaker’ now available in UAE

Posted on 13/01/2009

People suffering from Parkinson's disease and other neurological and psychiatric diseases in the UAE can benefit from the ‘brain pacemaker', a new cutting-edge technology introduced recently in the UAE. Collaboration between the University of Cologne, Germany, and the German Centre for Neurology and Psychiatry (GNP) in Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) has brought the technology in the field of deep brain stimulation (DBS) to the UAE. Treatment with a DBS pacemaker can help patients with severe ...  >>MORE

Ministerial Council declares 2009 "Anti-diabetes Year'

Posted on 12/01/2009

The Ministerial Council for Services has called for considering 2009 an "anti-diabetes year", after Ministry of Health reports confirmed that 24 percent of the UAE nationals are diabetics. In its meeting yesterday, chaired by H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Presidential Affairs, the Council approved a proposed 10-year national strategy for primary and secondary prevention against diabetes which entails improvement of facilities, services and research aimed at stemming ...  >>MORE

Dubai Healthcare City opens doors to Ayurveda, Homeopathy

Posted on 12/01/2009

Dubai Healthcare City, a member of Tatweer today announced that it has started to implement the principles of alternative medicine The Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Council, set up by the DHCC is the overseeing authority for licensing the CAM professionals under specific rules and regulations as well as its other regulatory functions. The council set up by DHCC's Centre for Planning and Quality (CPQ) and is led by prominent alternative medicine practitioners. This will open ...  >>MORE

Al Jalilah bint Mohammed bin Rashid Pediatric Hospital to cost Dh 740mn

Posted on 22/12/2008

The proposed Al Jalilah bint Mohammed bin Rashid Pediatric Hospital will be built at a cost of Dh 740mn, Director General of Dubai Health Authority Qadi Saeed Al Marooshid disclosed. The setting up of the hospital was ordered by Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to be the first specialised integrated hospital in the country and the region. The order to establish the hospital came as a gift from the Vice President to children ...  >>MORE

Mohammed Bin Rashid tours DHCC

Posted on 21/12/2008

Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum toured yesterday the Dubai Healthcare City to have a firsthand knowledge about the ongoing projects there. The world-class healthcare facility in Dubai is a cluster of medical teaching institutions, private hospitals and clinics, pharmaceutical offices, research centres and rehabilitation homes. A number of projects of the AED 11bn facility are either under construction or nearing completion. ...  >>MORE

Blood transfusion in UAE gets comment from WHO

Posted on 20/12/2008

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and other international organisations in the field have praised the pioneering role of the UAE Health Ministry in developing the blood transfusion programme in the country. Various organisations and societies who participated in an international conference on safe blood transfusion recently held in Geneva said that UAE is undoubtedly on a leading role in developing safe system for blood transfusion. Earlier in 2006 the WHO chose UAE as the regional ...  >>MORE

Strong growth in UAE healthcare sector

Posted on 18/12/2008

The UAE's healthcare sector is showing robust growth and is poised to attract more foreign direct investments (FDI) in the near future, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry said. In its report released yesterday, the Dubai Chamber said the pharmaceutical market in Dubai alone is expanding, with the exports of pharmaceutical products reaching Dh84.4 million in 2007, compared with Dh56.4 million in 2005. The value of re-exported pharmaceutical products also grew from Dh179 million to ...  >>MORE

Princess Haya to chair the UAE Nursing and Midwifery Council

Posted on 17/12/2008

UAE's Nursing and Midwifery Council will be set up early next year under the chairpersonship of HH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Princess Haya has recently chaired a meeting to discuss the establishment of a UAE Nursing and Midwifery Council. Attended by HE Humaid Al Qattami, Minister of Health, the meeting included a presentation on the findings and recommendations of the working ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi bans Irish meat after an international alert

Posted on 16/12/2008

The emirate has banned the import and sale of meat from Ireland following reports of dioxin contamination, a senior official told Gulf News. "Our extensive inspections in the Abu Dhabi market after receiving an international alert found no Irish beef," said Mohammad Jalal Al Reyaysa, Manager of the Communication and Information Department at Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA). "Abu Dhabi doesn't directly import beef from Ireland, but still we did not want to take chances," he said. "We ...  >>MORE

MoH marks World AIDS Day

Posted on 26/11/2008

Minister of Health, Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al-Qattami, has said that the UAE is one of the leading countries which took the bull by the horn early in the fight against the HIV-AIDS pandemic by taking stringent measures based on the international strategy to fight the menace. Al-Qattami made the remark in his address to inaugurate the activities marking the World AIDS Day. "Leadership" is the theme for 2008 World AIDS Day on Monday, December 1 which urges governments to keep the commitments they ...  >>MORE

UAE to be measles-free Soon

Posted on 24/11/2008

Measles would be eradicated from the UAE soon, as 90 per cent of the people in the country have been vaccinated against the disease. In fact, the number of measles cases has dropped from 2,820 in 1981 to 89 in 2007, which is below the normal level, Minister of Health Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Quttami said during his keynote address at the World Health Organisation (WHO) Meeting for Countries in the Eastern Mediterranean on Combating Measles and German Measles (Rubella). The meeting was ...  >>MORE

Diabetes likely to cost UAE Dh10b by 2020

Posted on 12/11/2008

Research and statistics report on diabetes across the UAE suggest that the disease will cost an estimated Dh10 billion by year 2020 if the condition is not treated. The alarming estimation is a result of a report initiated by the National Health Insurance Company (Daman) which says that even though diabetes represents only five per cent of their health insurance claims, a hypothetical future figure had be built around the UAE's highest problematic health condition. "When we receive claims ...  >>MORE

Princess Haya inaugurates the Sharif Eye Centre (SEC) at Dubai Health Care City

Posted on 05/11/2008

Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai inaugurated yesterday The Sharif Eye Centre (SEC) at Dubai Health Care City (DHCC). This state - of - the - art facility aims to raise the bar in the eye care service in the emirate and provide the latest diagnostic and therapeutic technologies in the field of laser eye surgery. During the inauguration, Princess Haya toured the centre and ...  >>MORE

Ratings to prepare for medical tourism bid

Posted on 02/11/2008

Doctors and hospitals are to be given performance ratings as part of plans to make the UAE a destination for medical tourists. The Ministry of Health announced the ratings system will be based on stars similar to those awarded to hotels, enabling people to see which professionals or clinics rate highest or provide the best treatment for particular procedures or operations. The results will be displayed online. Private hospitals and clinics will be included along with government hospitals. The ...  >>MORE

Hamed bin Zayed opens Abu Dhabi Medical Congress

Posted on 27/10/2008

HH Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court, officially opened the three-day Abu Dhabi Medical Congress yesterday, with participation of 20 countries. He was accompanied by Dr Ahmed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Chairman of the Health Authority - Abu Dhabi. Sheikh Hamed said he was 'delighted' by the huge response of the international and regional medical community to the congress and exhibition. He also praised the medical services and leadership of the United ...  >>MORE

Health Ministry asks pharmaceutical companies to reduce prices

Posted on 24/10/2008

Ministry of Health discussed with international pharmaceutical producers, the possibility of reducing prices of various medicines. Over the past weeks, the ministry held a series of meetings with international pharmaceutical producers to make safe medicines available in UAE at affordable prices, said the Executive Director of Medical Practice and Licensing at the MOH, Dr. Amin Al Amiri. AL Amiri said that several international pharmaceutical companies have expressed their desire to set up ...  >>MORE

Wareed launched to e-link all government hospitals

Posted on 21/10/2008

All public sector medical hospitals across the country will be electronically linked and automated under the ‘Wareed' project launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, at Gitex 2008 on Monday. This Ministry of Health initiative aims to elevate public healthcare sector by adopting global best practices in delivering world-class healthcare. ‘Wareed' is a unique federal step designed to link all hospitals in ...  >>MORE

MOH asks private hospitals not to perform health check-ups for residency purposes

Posted on 20/10/2008

The UAE Ministry of Health has asked private hospitals not to perform health examinations on workers for residency purposes. The ministry has authorized a selected number of private hospitals to carry out the required checkup, and unauthorised hospitals should refrain from performing these tests, the Ministry stressed. Earlier in July, the ministry had sent a circular to all private hospitals preventing them from conducting medical tests without authorisation for the purpose of residency for ...  >>MORE

First phase of Noor Dubai drawing to successful close

Posted on 18/10/2008

Noor Dubai, a charity drive aiming to deliver eye health services to over one million people worldwide, today announced the first phase of its campaign is drawing to a successful close, delivering advanced ophthalmic treatment to more than 500 people from over 15 nations. The announcement was made by HE Qadhi Saeed Al Murooshid, Director General of Dubai Health Authority, at a reception held for distinguished guests from the Ministry of Health, Dubai Health Authority, Noor Dubai Partner ...  >>MORE

10,000 to walk against diabetes, says ICLDC

Posted on 16/10/2008

Abu Dhabi is preparing to mark this year's World Diabetes Day (November 14 2008) with the staging of the second Diabetes walkathon to be held in the capital. More than 10,000 people are expected to join the now annual event dubbed WALK UAE 2008 and held in partnership with the Emirates Foundation, according to organisers at the Imperial College London Diabetes Centre (ICLDC). This shows a 100% increase on the 5,000 participants recorded at last year's inaugural event. ICLDC's Medical and ...  >>MORE

UAE marks World Sight Day

Posted on 15/10/2008

The UAE will join the world in observing the World Sight Day which falls on 15th October but with pride as a launch pad of Noor Dubai, the world's most massive therapeutic, preventive, and education eye care programmes. The three components will jointly seek to treat and prevent blindness and visual impairment in the UAE and developing countries on an international scale. October 15, 1970 was declared International White Cane Safety Day for the first time by the President of the International ...  >>MORE

Largest human chain to mark breast cancer awareness drive

Posted on 15/10/2008

Dubai will mark International Breast Cancer Awareness Month by trying to break another world record – assembling 4,000 people to form the largest-ever human version of the movement's pink ribbon. The emirate set a record for the largest ribbon shape last year, when organisers gathered 105,000 pink carnations measuring 29 metres. The record to beat for a human-chain formation is 3,640 people, set in Germany two years ago. More than 2,500 people have already signed up to try and beat that, and ...  >>MORE

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National anti-diabetes committee formed


MOH asserts that UAE is self sufficient of blood and its components since 1984


Cigarette packs to go graphic


War victims turn to UAE prosthetics unit for help


German General Hospital to open in Khalifa City next year


Princess Haya joins 500 participants to raise awareness on arthritis


Dh600m hospital for women and children in capital


UAE to serve as model with anti-aids law


UAE signs deal on bone marrow transplant


Report: UAE healthcare market to reach Dh43.7 billion in 2015


WHO hails UAE's successful anti malaria campaign


Capsule endoscopy proves to be successful at ADP-MSD


MOH signs agreement with MTA


VP opens Arab Health 2009


UAE ready to share Malaria treatment experience with all countries


Women’s health bus to tour Dubai


Federal anti-smoking law carries stiff enalties


UAE, WHO sign pact on blood screening


Women’s health bus to tour Dubai


‘Brain pacemaker’ now available in UAE


Ministerial Council declares 2009 "Anti-diabetes Year'


Dubai Healthcare City opens doors to Ayurveda, Homeopathy


Al Jalilah bint Mohammed bin Rashid Pediatric Hospital to cost Dh 740mn


Mohammed Bin Rashid tours DHCC


Blood transfusion in UAE gets comment from WHO


Strong growth in UAE healthcare sector


Princess Haya to chair the UAE Nursing and Midwifery Council


Abu Dhabi bans Irish meat after an international alert


MoH marks World AIDS Day


UAE to be measles-free Soon


Diabetes likely to cost UAE Dh10b by 2020


Princess Haya inaugurates the Sharif Eye Centre (SEC) at Dubai Health Care City


Ratings to prepare for medical tourism bid


Hamed bin Zayed opens Abu Dhabi Medical Congress


Health Ministry asks pharmaceutical companies to reduce prices


Wareed launched to e-link all government hospitals


MOH asks private hospitals not to perform health check-ups for residency purposes


First phase of Noor Dubai drawing to successful close


10,000 to walk against diabetes, says ICLDC


UAE marks World Sight Day


Largest human chain to mark breast cancer awareness drive