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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

Mohammed bin Zayed inaugurates new Ambulatory Healthcare Centre in Khalifa City

Posted on 13/02/2008

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan inaugurated yesterday the new Ambulatory Healthcare Centre of the Sheikh Khalifa Medical City "A". The inaugural ceremony was attended by a number of dignitaries, including Dr. Ahmed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), a number of SEHA's management and medical team and invited guests. In a keynote address, Dr. Al Mazrouei, said ...  >>MORE

Strategy unveiled for affordable healthcare

Posted on 13/02/2008

The Ministry of Health unveiled its five-year health strategy on Tuesday, focusing on increasing specialties, improving access to healthcare services at reasonable cost and unifying policies. The strategy applies to the public health sector in the Northern Emirates, which falls under the purview of the Ministry of Health. Abu Dhabi and Dubai have their own health authorities. Humaid Mohammad Obaid Al Qattami, Health Minister, told assembled ministry employees at the launch to work together to ...  >>MORE

Mobile unit to screen women all over country

Posted on 13/02/2008

The first mobile mammography screening unit in the UAE, enabling assessment and access to treatment within hours, has been launched by Tawam Hospital. The new mobile service aims to screen up to 20 patients for breast cancer per day, a significant increase when compared to the number who visit hospitals for screening. Initially the pilot project will operate in Abu Dhabi, with plans to expand the programme to include six or more units. The female-operated mobile service is self-contained, ...  >>MORE

UAE to be linked to WHO's regional health alert system

Posted on 30/01/2008

The UAE will be linked to a "regional alert system" of the World Health Organisation (WHO) by this year end, a senior official has said. Co-ordinator of Knowledge Management and Sharing at Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office of WHO Dr Najeeb Al Shorbaji told The Gulf Today that the project would help the country to be part of the immediate reporting system for the region. "WHO is providing the regional countries with the software and training for the project, which has already been launched ...  >>MORE

Mubadala Healthcare launches Minhaal

Posted on 30/01/2008

Mubadala Healthcare, a division of Mubadala Development Company, has launched an initial phase of Minhaal (Arabic for 'the source'), the first web portal in the Arab world to offer healthcare information in both English and Arabic languages. The web portal (http://www.minhaal.ae) primarily serves the United Arab Emirates, but will also be an important source of knowledge for all Arabic speaking people. Minhaal has been ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Khalifa Medical City announces upcoming opening of the new Khalidiya Urgent Care Centre

Posted on 30/01/2008

In cooperation with Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), Sheikh Khalifa Medical City - managed by Cleveland Clinic - would like to notify the community of Abu Dhabi on the upcoming closure of the Emergency Department and Renal Unit at the Central Hospital, after four decades of excellent service. These changes follow the upcoming plans of renovating SKMC facilities. These departments will be relocated to new locations immediately. As an alternative centre for urgent care, the Khalidiya ...  >>MORE

UAE to establish health insurance regulator

Posted on 29/01/2008

The 'greatest science gathering in the Middle East and the Arab world' underway at record breaking Arab Health. The establishment of a federal health insurance authority to regulate the industry across the United Arab Emirates has moved a step closer, it was confirmed at Arab Health - the Middle East's largest gathering of medical professionals - which opened in Dubai yesterday. Arab Health - taking place until 31 January at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre which ...  >>MORE

Work begins to build a Cleveland world-class hospital in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 29/01/2008

The official ground breaking ceremony of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi (CCAD hospital) was held yesterday by Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala) and Cleveland Clinic. The world-class, 360-bed (scalable to 490), multi-specialty facility which is located on Al Sowa Island, across from the Abu Dhabi Mall, is scheduled to welcome its first patients in early 2011. Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is one of a number of initiatives led by Mubadala Healthcare, the division of Mubadala dedicated to ...  >>MORE

Mubadala Healthcare unveils integrated services strategy

Posted on 29/01/2008

Mubadala Healthcare, a division of Mubadala Development Company, is announcing the strategy and projects behind its integrated healthcare delivery network. As Abu Dhabi continues to grow at a tremendous rate, there is a rising demand for high quality healthcare provision to keep pace with the increasing population. By actively investing in projects that are built around patients' needs, Mubadala Healthcare is well on its way to achieving its goal of creating a world-class infrastructure of ...  >>MORE

UAE-WHO cooperation

Posted on 22/01/2008

Minister of Health Humaid Al Qattami has endorsed the programme of cooperation between the UAE and the World Health Organisation (WHO) for 2008 and 2009. Under the programme, the WHO will extend technical support to the Ministry of health in the areas of development of human resources through facilitating direct interaction between the Ministry's cadres and the WHO experts. Al Qattami said the programme demonstrated the close cooperation between the Health Ministry and WHO. "The UAE is at the ...  >>MORE

Dubai will invest Dh2.1b in city's first teaching hospital

Posted on 22/01/2008

Dubai is investing Dh2.1 billion in the city's first teaching hospital that will open after three years and offer specialist treatments. The University Hospital will function as the main tertiary care facility within Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) and is part of the Dh4-billion Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Academic Medical Centre. DHCC, a healthcare sector free zone being developed by Dubai Holding unit Tatweer, is part of government efforts to develop medical facilities that will attract ...  >>MORE

UAE to set up federal agency to fight fake medicines

Posted on 08/01/2008

The UAE will establish a federal centre for fighting fake medicines to ensure safety of patients, a top health official has disclosed. 'The national centre for control and monitoring counterfeit medicines will be the first of its kind in the UAE. Based in Dubai under the authority of the Ministry's Pharmaceutical Control Department, the body will be made up of representatives of health, customs and other relevant authorities,' said Health Ministry Undersecretary Dr Ali Shuker said. As part of ...  >>MORE

Health Authority – Abu Dhabi clarifies health insurance policies

Posted on 07/01/2008

The Health Authority in Abu Dhabi (HA-AD) has issued a clarification regarding the renewal of health insurance policies. The Authority stated that health insurance policies should be renewed every year as stipulated in the Health Insurance Law 23 over 2005. Failure to renew the health insurance policy will result in a penalty of Dh300 for each employee for every month. In addition, HAAD clarified that individuals and organizations must inform health insurance companies about their desire to ...  >>MORE

WHO selects UAE as a model in blood transfusion services

Posted on 05/12/2007

World Health Organization (WHO) has chosen United Arab Emirates as the excellent model in the field of blood transfusion services, and the safety and security related to it on the global level. UAE was chosen from among a group of 26 countries in the Eastern Mediterranean region. UAE will be presenting a report to the Geneva based office of the WHO on its achievements in the field of blood transfusion services during the last 15 years as it can give guidelines to other world countries to ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Saud opens Dh100 million-hospital in RAK

Posted on 26/11/2007

Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, today inaugurated the new Dh100 million RAK Hospital, a multi- specialty healthcare facility which will be managed by Sonnenhof Swiss Health, a leading healthcare group in Switzerland. The ultra- modern hospital, which will have 65- beds in the first phase, will offer comprehensive medical care by internationally renowned doctors using state- of- the art- medical facilities. RAK Hospital is a joint initiative ...  >>MORE

UAE to mark World Sight Day

Posted on 24/10/2007

The UAE will join the world on Thursday to mark the World Sight Day. The National Anti-Blindness Committee, in collaboration with the Ophthalmology Section of the Emirates Medical Association, will organise a major event on that day at the Rashid Hospital to mark the occasion. According to Dr. Manal Omran Taryam, Ophthalmologist and member of the committee, the event reflects the commitment of the Ministry of Health and its support for the committee and to efforts by all medical sectors in the ...  >>MORE

Health Minister launches anti-breast cancer drive

Posted on 23/10/2007

The First National Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign was launched today at the Emirates Palace Hotel by Health Minister Humaid Al Qattami under the the patronage of H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Supreme Chairperson of Family Development Foundation and Honorary Head of the Higher National Anti-Breast Committee. The campaign to be held under the title ' Break the Silence - Diagnose it Earlier and Save Your Life' will educate and guide women to understand, learn and have access to information ...  >>MORE

Anti-breast cancer campaign launched

Posted on 23/10/2007

An ambitious programme was launched yesterday to fight breast cancer and enhance the concept of corporate social responsibility towards those who suffer from the disease. The ‘Making it Our Business' programme, which is in line with the US-UAE Partnership for Breast Cancer Awareness and Research was announced by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) during the visit yesterday of US First lady Laura Bush. She was accompanied by Princess Haya Bint Al Hussain, Wife of His Highness ...  >>MORE

Laura Bush builds bridges of hope and concerns

Posted on 23/10/2007

US First Lady Laura Bush seized the opportunity yesterday to defend her country's image before a group of Emirati students. "You probably had wrong ideas about America," she told the students during discussions on various issues. Responding to queries from students, who said their trip to the US was enriching and that they learnt many new things, the First Lady said: "We all have similar ambitions, hopes, expectations and concerns, though there are different cultures and languages." Bush ...  >>MORE

Laura Bush tribute to breast cancer mother

Posted on 23/10/2007

US First Lady Laura Bush yesterday paid tribute to one courageous Emirati woman who fought and won her battle against breast cancer and said she was an example for others. "At the Pink Majlis, I heard from doctors and nurses and the courageous women they've helped save. One of these survivors is a woman named Shareefa," said Bush who was addressing UAE academics at the Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, on the occasion of the Breast Cancer Awareness Month. She said Shareefa had discovered her ...  >>MORE

The National Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign begins today

Posted on 22/10/2007

The First National Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign will kick off today under the patronage of H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Supreme Chairperson of Family Development Foundation and Honorary Head of the Committee. The campaign to be held under the title 'Break the Silence - Diagnose it Earlier and Save Your Life” will educate and guide women to understand, learn and have access to information about the importance of early detection as the best method in successfully treating breast ...  >>MORE

WHO Malaria-Free Award for UAE

Posted on 21/10/2007

Cairo - In the 54th session of the Eastern Mediterranean Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO), held in Cairo today, the WHO presented its Award to the UAE because of its success to eradicate malaria and become malaria-free country since 2004. The Award was handed to Humaid Al Qattami, Minister of Health in the presence of 22 health ministers or representatives from Eastern Mediterranean countries besides the Director General of WHO and the Regional Director of the Organization in ...  >>MORE

Dh2.5 million earmarked for medical equipment

Posted on 16/10/2007

Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qattami, Minister of Health has announced allocation of Dh2.5 million for purchasing medical equipment for diagnosis of virulent diseases and tumours. The move is in line with the future plans of the Ministry of Health (MoH) to boost the diagnostic and curative services of the MoH as per medical adage: sound, accurate and well-timed diagnosis by using the advanced medical equipment by specialists, provides accurate treatment for all cases. Qattami said, "The MoH has ...  >>MORE

Walk UAE 2007’ next month to fight diabetes

Posted on 14/10/2007

‘ A mass walkathon, called ‘Walk UAE 2007', is being planned in the capital on November 23 to fight diabetes. More than 10,000 people are expected to participate. The recent figures suggest that one out of five people in the UAE, aged between 20 and 79, has diabetes. The walkathon is being organised by Abu Dhabi's Imperial College Diabetes Centre (ICLDC) in partnership with Emirates Foundation and Daman, the national health insurance company of Abu Dhabi. The walkathon is set to cover a ...  >>MORE

Pink bus spreads awareness

Posted on 10/10/2007

A pink bus will be making its way across the country over the next few weeks as health workers spread a simple message: Early detection of breast cancer saves lives. The bus, launched in Dubai yesterday, will be touring the whole of the UAE, but will pay special attention to the Northern Emirates where there are scant services to help women, and men, detect the disease early. The bus is sponsored by pharmaceutical giant Procter & Gamble, the Ministry of Health and Welcare World. The sponsors ...  >>MORE

Hatta to have Dh120 million hospital

Posted on 08/10/2007

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) is currently undertaking a Dh 120 million hospital in Hatta to serve the growing demand for integrated health services of the population there. Qadhi Al Marshood, Director of DHA, said the two-storey health facility will occupy an area of 10,430 square metres and have a capacity of 93 beds. He noted that the modern hospital, which will be completed by mid-2008, will spare the inhabitants of Hatta the pain of travelling long distances into Dubai to seek health ...  >>MORE

The new health strategy aims at creating qualitative shift: says Al Qattami

Posted on 07/10/2007

Humaid Al Qattami, Minister of Health has revealed that preparations are underway to announce features of the new health strategy of the Ministry of Health (MoH) to provide better health services through qualitative shift at all the health sectors at the MoH within next three years. The move is in line with the plans of the MoH and as per instructions of the UAE leadership. "The new MoH strategy focuses on promotion of the administrative and technical system to boost the quality level of ...  >>MORE

Sector 'will undergo revamp to regain trust'

Posted on 17/09/2007

The government is addressing the dissatisfaction Emiratis and residents feel about the healthcare system by passing several laws expected by the end of the year, said Humaid Mohammad Obaid Al Qattami, Minister of Health. "Laws and regulations are coming soon that will help to improve the people's trust in us. We will have laws on medical responsibility, patient rights, and medical standards and protocols for all hospitals," he said. According to Al Qattami, a new medical ethics law is also in ...  >>MORE

Private healthcare sector in Dubai all set to boom

Posted on 16/09/2007

The private healthcare sector in Dubai is slated for rapid growth and is predicted to dominate the future health services in the emirate, as per a Dubai Healthcare Provision report issued recently. The detailed report is the result of the joint efforts of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC), its regulatory body, the Centre for Healthcare Planning and Quality and Dubai Municipality. The report predicts a high number of inpatients and beds in private hospitals by ...  >>MORE

Upbeat UAE: Hearty steps with pulse on health

Posted on 12/09/2007

Coronary heart disease is particularly prevalent throughout the UAE and World Heart Day on Sept.30, 2007, is an opportunity to raise awareness of the problem. The disease often remains undetected as it does not manifest itself by obvious symptoms such as chest pain or breathlessness and usually develops without warning. Early detection is the key to tackling the problem prior to the first heart attack, which is most likely with men over fifty years old, where with women the risk becomes ...  >>MORE

Sharjah's oldest hospital to undergo massive restructuring

Posted on 30/08/2007

Sharjah's oldest hospital, Al Qasimi Hospital, is undergoing massive restructuring to improve medical services with the formation of an independent board, the first of its kind in the UAE. His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, is keen on offering the best health services in all Sharjah's hospitals and Al Qasimi hospital in particular, elevating it to be an integrated medical and teaching hospital. The independent board for Al ...  >>MORE

Minister of Health discusses Strategy objectives

Posted on 29/08/2007

Humaid Mohammed Obeid Al Qattami, Minister of Health discussed here today with Assistant Under Secretaries and Directors of Medical zones, the action plan for the future in the light of the Strategic outlook of the Ministry for years 2008-2010.The meeting held at the Ministry's headquarters in Dubai was also attended by Dr. Ali Bin Shukr. Al Qattami said after the meeting that the health services of the Ministry are witnessing an important turning point, since the Ministry began the ...  >>MORE

Plans to make the UAE the world leader in healthcare

Posted on 29/08/2007

Front-line paramedics will be able to save the lives of more men, women and children following the introduction of hi-tech health ID cards. Each card will carry its owner's full medical records and history, which emergency teams will be able to access instantly. At present medics can struggle to treat a patient after answering a 999 call – records that show existing medical conditions and allergies are hard to obtain and language can be a barrier. But that will change when the health ID cards ...  >>MORE

Khalifa reviews hospital project

Posted on 22/08/2007

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President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Tuesday inspected a model of the proposed Khalifa Specialty Hospital to be built in Ras Al Khaimah, in the presence of General Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. Sheikh Khalifa ordered speedy execution of the vital project and direceted that construction of the project should start by September. (Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Dh600m speciality hospital to be completed in two years

Posted on 22/08/2007

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has ordered the construction of a Dh600m hospital in Ras Al Khaimah. On Tuesday, Sheikh Khalifa inspected the maquette of the proposed Khalifa Specialty Hospital to be built in Ras Al Khaimah, in the presence of General Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. Sheikh Hamdan said that Sheikh Khalifa ordered speedy execution of this vital project and the start of ...  >>MORE

UAE's first-ever liver transplant successful

Posted on 16/08/2007

The first-ever liver transplantation in the UAE has been successfully carried out here at the Zayed Military Hospital. "This is the first time a liver transplant surgery has been conducted in the country. A medical team of national doctors led by visiting German doctor Dr Ayman Obeid successfully carried out the surgery.” said Dr Rashid Ahmad Al Nuaimi, Director of Medical Services at the Zayed Military Hospital. He added that the conduction of the lever surgery at the Zayed military hospital ...  >>MORE

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

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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


Mohammed bin Zayed inaugurates new Ambulatory Healthcare Centre in Khalifa City


Strategy unveiled for affordable healthcare


Mobile unit to screen women all over country


UAE to be linked to WHO's regional health alert system


Mubadala Healthcare launches Minhaal


Sheikh Khalifa Medical City announces upcoming opening of the new Khalidiya Urgent Care Centre


UAE to establish health insurance regulator


Work begins to build a Cleveland world-class hospital in Abu Dhabi


Mubadala Healthcare unveils integrated services strategy


UAE-WHO cooperation


Dubai will invest Dh2.1b in city's first teaching hospital


UAE to set up federal agency to fight fake medicines


Health Authority – Abu Dhabi clarifies health insurance policies


WHO selects UAE as a model in blood transfusion services


Sheikh Saud opens Dh100 million-hospital in RAK


UAE to mark World Sight Day


Health Minister launches anti-breast cancer drive


Anti-breast cancer campaign launched


Laura Bush builds bridges of hope and concerns


Laura Bush tribute to breast cancer mother


The National Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign begins today


WHO Malaria-Free Award for UAE


Dh2.5 million earmarked for medical equipment


Walk UAE 2007’ next month to fight diabetes


Pink bus spreads awareness


Hatta to have Dh120 million hospital


The new health strategy aims at creating qualitative shift: says Al Qattami


Sector 'will undergo revamp to regain trust'


Private healthcare sector in Dubai all set to boom


Upbeat UAE: Hearty steps with pulse on health


Sharjah's oldest hospital to undergo massive restructuring


Minister of Health discusses Strategy objectives


Plans to make the UAE the world leader in healthcare


Khalifa reviews hospital project


Dh600m speciality hospital to be completed in two years


UAE's first-ever liver transplant successful


Dubai Healthcare City signs agreement with Boston University


Revamp to give healthcare a quality future in the UAE