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H1N1 vaccination to cover all HealthCare workers in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 12/01/2010

Further to the measures taken to control the spread of H1N1 infection, the Health Authority - Abu Dhabi (HAAD), the regulatory body of the healthcare sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, issued a circular to all healthcare facilities in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi on the H1N1 vaccination process of healthcare workers. Healthcare facilities are to determine priority groups and organize the vaccination process to cover all its healthcare workers. Engineer Zaid AL Siksek, CEO of HAAD said: "It is ...  >>MORE

Khalifa issues federal anti-tobacco law

Posted on 07/01/2010

President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued federal law no 15 of 2009 banning import of tobacco and its by-products into the country unless specific standard requirements accredited in the UAE are met. Those conditions include posting of clear word and image warnings on the box and a ban on all kinds of advertisements, promotion and sponsorship of tobacco products. The law also prohibits smoking on modes of public transport and public closed places. Under the provisions of ...  >>MORE

SKMC surgeons perform first state-of-the-art awake brain surgery in the Gulf region

Posted on 29/12/2009

A multi-disciplinary team at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) managed by Cleveland Clinic recently performed the first awake brain open surgery in the gulf region. The surgery included a removal of a tumour from the patient brain located near the brain cells responsible for vocalization and speech. SKMC is owned and operated by SEHA, the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company, which is responsible for the curative activities of all the public hospitals and clinics in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. ...  >>MORE

Health Ministry gives details on Federal Health Authority

Posted on 28/12/2009

UAE's newly established Federal Health Authority will be responsible for the establishment, management and development of the federal government's hospitals and health centres as per the world's highest standards, according to the Minister of Health Dr Hanif Hassan Ali. Accordingly the Authority will be responsible for the process of rehabilitation those institutes, getting international accreditation for them as well as providing medical services and development and training their medical ...  >>MORE

Dubai CP inaugurates first field longest ambulance inaugurated

Posted on 26/12/2009

H.H Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, on Thursday inaugurated the world's longest ambulance. At a ceremony in Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed was briefed by Director General of the Dubai Health Authority Qadhi Saeed Al Murooshid on the capabilities and roles of the vehicle which entered the Guinness Book of Records as the world's longest ambulance as it can carry and provide rapid medical assistance to up to 44 cases in the event of major incidents, i.e. accidents ...  >>MORE

President approves the creation of a new Federal Health Authority

Posted on 23/12/2009

President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has approved a law establishing the Federal Health Authority that will take over the executive responsibilities of the Ministry of Health. The Ministry will now focus purely on legislation and regulation. The new structure will make the nation's healthcare system more efficient and competitive and represents a key step in the government's strategy to ensure excellent medical care for all. Federal Law no. 13 for the year 2009, establishes the ...  >>MORE

UNICEF honours UAE Health Minister

Posted on 13/12/2009

UNICEF honoured the UAE Health Minister Dr Hanif Hassan in recognition of his interest in children's health and sponsorship of relevant campaigns such as children's obesity. UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Sigrid Kaag presented Hassan with a special plaque during a meeting in Abu Dhabi in presence Dr. Ayman Abu Laban, UNICEF Representative in the Gulf, Nasser Khalifa Al-Bodour, Director of Foreign Relations and International Organizations at the Ministry of ...  >>MORE

Thousands walk for diabetes awareness

Posted on 22/11/2009

People turned up with their children who enjoyed the walk with their faces painted and got photographed with enchanting clowns. The UAE has the second highest prevalence of diabetes in the world at 19.5 per cent. It is estimated that 25 per cent of the UAE's national population is living with diabetes, according to Imperial College London Diabetes Centre (ICLDC) in the capital. ‘Walk UAE', now in its third year, is part of the public health awareness campaign, ‘Diabetes Knowledge Action', ...  >>MORE

Nahyan signs agreement to set up plant for production of biotechnology medicine

Posted on 20/11/2009

Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research HE Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan signed at his palace yesterday an agreement between the Emirates biochemical and pharmaceutical company and two Korean biomedical firms, G.L. Rapha and Hankook Korus Pharm, to set up the first biotechnology plant in the Middle East for the production of drugs to treat diabetes mellitus, nephrological diseases and tumors. Project Manager Jae Khan Whang signed the agreement representing the Korean side ...  >>MORE

8,000 step out in support of breast cancer awareness campaign in Dubai

Posted on 30/10/2009

It was a sea of pink caps and white shirts on the streets of Bur Dubai on Friday morning as Dubai took to the streets in support of the breast cancer awareness campaign. Organisers said 8,000 people turned up for the Pink Walkathon, which started off with the beat of drums and the pop song, We Will Rock You by Queen, as pink helium balloons were released into the skies. Mostly everyone at the 3.6km walk had a sad story to tell. A group of Filipinas were wearing T-shirts with a message, "This ...  >>MORE

Stomach flushing syrup ordered off shelves

Posted on 27/10/2009

A syrup, which has been used for years around the world to help patients physically flush out poisonous substances from the stomach, has been ordered removed from the shelves by health officials in Abu Dhabi. The Health Authority-Abu Dhabi issued a warning saying, "Ipecac syrup products should not be used any more for poison management.” Ipecac is no longer recommended in Europe and Canada, and the US is the only country where Ipecac is used in homes, although some poison control centres in ...  >>MORE

Emirates Cardiac Society launches the largest clinical study in the Gulf region

Posted on 26/10/2009

Emirates Cardiac Society announced yesterday the launch of the largest clinical study in the Gulf region in collaboration with the global pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca to assess the actual level of cholesterol control among patients in the Gulf states. The study will be conducted within an integrated care program, which aims to reduce the burden brought about by diseases affecting heart and blood vessels in the Gulf region by developing and improving standards of medical treatment and ...  >>MORE

MOH celebrates Global Handwashing Day

Posted on 16/10/2009

The Health Ministry of UAE is seeking to spread health awareness in all possible ways to eliminate ignorance and emphasize the importance of health consciousness, said a senior official. Opening the Global Handwashing Day celebrations organized by UNICEF in collaboration with Unilever Gulf and the Ministry of Health in Shangri-La Hotel in Dubai, Executive Director, Corporate Services and Support at the Ministry of Health Dr. Salem Al Darmaki also pointed out that the directives of the Minister ...  >>MORE

Mubadala Healthcare announces first phase of national reference lab

Posted on 12/10/2009

Mubadala Healthcare yesterday announced that the first phase of the National Reference Lab (NRL) will begin operations this year. The 12,000-square-foot laboratory will be based in the Nucleotide Complex at Dubai Biotechnology and Research Park (DuBiotech) and will provide reference laboratory services to public and private hospitals and clinics across the UAE and the region. The National Reference Lab is a Mubadala Healthcare initiative created in partnership with Laboratory Corporation ...  >>MORE

Neopharma announces expansion into biotechnology and nanotechnology-based research and development

Posted on 05/10/2009

Neopharma, the Abu Dhabi-based pharmaceuticals manufacturer, announced a large scale expansion programme to enter into biotechnology and nanotechnology-based research and manufacturing capabilities. The announcement came at a press conference held concurrently with the groundbreaking ceremony for the new facilities. The events were held under the patronage and in the presence of H.E Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister for Higher Education and Scientific Research, and Chairman of ...  >>MORE

Emaar's first healthcare facility, The Dubai Mall Medical Centre opens to offer world-class medical care

Posted on 03/10/2009

Emaar Healthcare Group, the healthcare subsidiary of Emaar Properties PJSC, has opened its flagship medical facility - The Dubai Mall Medical Centre. At 60,000 sq ft, The Dubai Mall Medical Centre is the largest outpatient facility in the region offering the full range of specialities in a world-class environment. Conveniently located within The Dubai Mall, at the heart of Downtown Burj Dubai, the premium multi-speciality medical centre is focused on offering an integrated healthcare ...  >>MORE

SKMC celebrates the World Heart Day from 27 September - 5 October 2009

Posted on 28/09/2009

Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) managed by Cleveland Clinic in corporation with Abu Dhabi Health Services Company - SEHA and Abu Dhabi Police will participate in the World Heart Day, an international event celebrated by 186 medical societies in over 100 countries from 27 September - 5 October, 2009. The World Heart Day urges people to "Work with Heart" by encouraging them to take care of their heart during the work and to visit their healthcare professionals. SKMC is owned and operated by ...  >>MORE

MoH approves production of Tamiflu-like medicine by local pharmaceutical firm

Posted on 27/09/2009

The Ministry of Health (MoH) has given its approval for a national pharmaceutical company to start production of a medicine similar to Tamiflu, which is used in treating H1N1 infections. The approval came during a meeting of the Higher Committee for Registration and Pricing of Medicines, chaired by Dr. Abdul Rahim Ja'afar, an Advisor at the MoH. According to Dr. Amin Hussein Al-Amiri, MoH Executive Director for Medical Practices and License Affairs, who attended the meeting, the committee gave ...  >>MORE

Ministry of Health warns: seasonal flu vaccine no protection against A(H1N1)

Posted on 27/09/2009

The Ministry of Health issued a circular to heads of medical zones as well as all private medical institutions warning against taking advantage of the public by dispensing seasonal flu vaccine claiming that it gives immunity against the Influenza A(H1N1) virus (AKA swine flu). The ministry's executive director for medical practice and licensing Dr Amin Hussein Al Amiri said "prescribing and dispending the seasonal flu vaccine while claiming that it works against the H1N1 virus is clear ...  >>MORE

Ministry launches awareness campaign against H1N1

Posted on 21/09/2009

The Ministry of Health implemented an awareness campaign against H1N1 through text messages in the past few days. In cooperation with etisalat, the authority sent text messages advising people to avoid greeting others by kissing and nose-touching and to stay away from crowded places as precautionary measures against the disease. Dr. Ali Bin Sahkar, Director General of the Ministry and Chairman of the National Higher Supervisory Committee to Combat H1N1 said the campaign was part of the ...  >>MORE

DHA, Dubai Civil Defence sign MoU for land transportation of medical radioactive materials

Posted on 16/09/2009

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and the Dubai Civil Defence (DCD) signed yesterday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which gives the DHA the authority to oversee the transportation and use of radiopharmaceutical drugs that are used across hospitals and clinics in Dubai. Medical radioactive materials are supplied to hospitals and clinics in Dubai for medical purposes such as nuclear medicine, for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Prior to the signing of this MoU, healthcare providers ...  >>MORE

Govt Schools to Follow Guidelines Strictly

Posted on 16/09/2009

The Ministries of Health and Education on Tuesday provided A(H1N1) management guidelines to government schools before the start of the new academic year next week. Though loosely based on the guidelines provided to private schools last month, the ministries gave detailed step-wise directions to governmental school heads, teachers and nurses on how to deal with a suspected A(H1N1) case, including requiring a child with suspected swine flu to wear a mask and remain at home in isolation ...  >>MORE

First successful implantation of biventricular assist device at SKMC

Posted on 15/09/2009

The Cardiac Sciences Institute at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) has successfully performed an implantation of a Biventricular Assist Device (BIVAD)-Berlin Heart Excor to save the life of a 17 year old Indian girl suffering from acute heart failure. The surgery was performed by Dr. Norbert Augustin MD, PhD, Chairman of the Cardiac Sciences Institute at SKMC. The17 years old girl, acquired a severe gastrointestinal infection during a stay in India in May 2009. Her mother took her to Abu ...  >>MORE

H1N1 Clearance Made Compulsory for Haj Visa

Posted on 14/09/2009

Performers of Haj this year will need to furnish a health certificate to show they are free of the H1N1 virus, the General Authority for Islamic Affairs and Endowments has announced. Mohammed Obeid Al Mazrouie, head of the UAE Official Haj Mission and executive director of the authority, told Khaleej Times the measure was compulsory to obtain entry visa for Haj. "We are joining hands with the Ministry of Health and other local health authorities to lay out the standard health form for the ...  >>MORE

H1N1 portal, MoE website linked

Posted on 13/09/2009

The H1N1 influenza dedicated web portal of the UAE Ministry of Health (MoH) has been e-linked with the website of the Ministry of Education (MoE) on Friday, according to a senior health official. Dr Ali Ahmed Bin Shakar, Director General of the MoH and Chairman of the Technical Health Committee for Combating H1N1, said, "The latest move has been taken to complement the MoH's efforts to provide updated information about the disease on time." "Such information will be released in a way that ...  >>MORE

UAE government prioritises safe blood transfusion services: Hanif

Posted on 11/09/2009

Health Minister HE Dr Hanif Hassan, has lauded the priority attached by the UAE leadership under President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to the healthcare sector in the UAE. He added that "This care has resulted in setting up of the advanced laboratories and the medical research centres, among others, the Sharjah Blood Transfusion and Research Centre, which ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Ruler signs “TrakCare” agreement with InterSystems Corporation

Posted on 08/09/2009

H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council member, Ruler of Sharjah and Chancellor of the University of Sharjah (UoS) has signed here yesterday an agreement with InterSystems Corporation (ISC) to provide the new Sharjah Teaching Hospital with InterSystems TrakCare Health Information System. John Mc Cormick, Chief Operations Officer of ISC, signed the agreement for his outfit in a ceremony which was attended by Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali, Minister of Health, Dr. Salah Tahir ...  >>MORE

New maternity ward is born in Al Ain

Posted on 20/08/2009

Plans to bring one of the emirate's oldest and largest hospitals up to world standard took a step forward yesterday with the official opening of a new maternity ward. The modernised labour and delivery unit at Al Ain Hospital forms part of a wider multibillion-dirham project to rebuild the 1970s-style facility. The unit, which previously consisted of three delivery rooms and only nine beds separated by curtains, now has six private birthing rooms, two triage rooms, two induction and two ...  >>MORE

New Electronic Imaging System "PACS" launched at SKMC

Posted on 13/08/2009

The Division of Information Technology at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC), managed by Cleveland Clinic, has gone live with a new Electronic Imaging System to manage the storage, retrieval and viewing of all Radiological images in an electronic format. The system will improve patient care and safety, enhance patient confidentiality, and eliminate unnecessary scanning of films and duplication of testing. SKMC is owned and operated by SEHA, the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company, which is ...  >>MORE

Health Minister tours Qasimi hospital in Sharjah

Posted on 05/08/2009

Health Minister Dr. Hanif Hassan has given instruction for providing all requirements needed by Al Qasimi Hospital in Sharjah as soon as possible. While making a surprise inspection to the health facility yesterday, the minister affirmed that his ministry was striving to provide top class health services to both nationals and expatriate residents. "The ministry is examining all challenges of work the hospitals and health clinic are facing in order to tackle them away from the routine,” he ...  >>MORE

Emaar Healthcare Group expands Dubai portfolio

Posted on 01/08/2009

Emaar Healthcare Group, the healthcare subsidiary of Emaar Properties PJSC, is expanding its presence and reach in Dubai, with new facilities to open in Downtown Burj Dubai, Arabian Ranches and The Meadows. Building on the partnership with Methodist International announced last year, these facilities will provide the highest international standards in healthcare delivery. The expansion of Emaar to healthcare highlights the lifestyle developer's commitment to create integrated communities ...  >>MORE

Wareed introduced at Ajman's Khalifa Hospital

Posted on 26/07/2009

Wareed, a new innovative health information system launched by the Ministry of Health, entered into the trial phase at the Sheikh Khalifa Hospital in Ajman. The Ministry of Health introduced the Wareed technological platform at Khalifa Hospital as the pilot for the project and as the first concrete step towards establishing a completely integrated electronic platform linking a total of 14 government run hospitals and their 68 affiliated clinics across the country. Director of Ajman Medical ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid unveils Dh1b hospital

Posted on 20/07/2009

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Sunday laid the foundation stone of the more than Dh1 billion Jalilah Specialised Paediatric Hospital in the surroundings of Al Wasl Hospital. The project will be completed next year. Sheikh Mohammed was briefed about the design of the hospital. He expressed pleasure about the project and called for focusing on the needs of sick children. "The hospital should be a sanctuary ...  >>MORE

Health Minister pays surprise visit to Al Dhaid Hospital

Posted on 18/07/2009

Health Minister Dr Hanif Hassan has paid a surprise visit to Al Dhaid Hospital, where he was briefed about the health services being rendered to patients. The move comes in line with a series of field visits to different hospitals and health centres to ensure the health services were rendered fully to the public. Dr Hanif listened to the opinions and proposals of the medical, technical and administrative cadres of the hospital to ascertain the day-to-day developmental challenges being faced by ...  >>MORE

Health Minister inspects mobile units of Centre of Ambulance Services

Posted on 13/07/2009

Health Minister Dr. Hanif Hassan inspected today two field support units of Dubai Centre of Ambulance Services. The two ambulances provide first aid to injured persons on the scene of accidents before taking them to hospitals for further treatment. Khalifa Hassan Aldrai, Executive Director Centre of Ambulance Services, briefed the minister on the facilities and equipment of the two ambulances. The minister also inspected the 4WD ambulances dedicated for reaching out to distressed persons ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Khalifa Medical City receives International accreditation as chest pain centre

Posted on 13/07/2009

Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) is accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centres as a cycle III Chest Pain Centre, a recognition accorded only to 12 hospitals in the world. SKMC is owned and operated by SEHA, the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company, which is responsible for the curative activities of all the public hospitals and clinics in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The Society of Chest Pain Centres (SCPC) is a non-profit international society dedicated to the belief that heart disease ...  >>MORE

Dubai Hospital promotes breast cancer awareness

Posted on 13/07/2009

The lack of a screening programme in the UAE and a cultural fear of breast cancer are pushing women to seek diagnosis later when the disease is at an advanced stage, a doctor has warned. Dubai Hospital plans to change that and is planning a breast cancer awareness campaign in coordination with Dubai Health Authority next month, which will cover the whole emirate in the coming year. It is preparing guidelines for the screening of both Emiratis and expatriates, and will include genetic testing ...  >>MORE

Free genetic testing for cancer patients to assess oral therapy

Posted on 11/07/2009

Cancer patients in the country will be given free genetic testing to assess the viability of oral therapy treatment method against chemotherapy. The test will conclude whether a patient can benefit from oral treatment or will have to continue chemotherapy, which has considerable side effects. The Dh2,000 per person test will be provided free of cost by AstraZeneca, a healthcare business operator, including all the logistics of sending the biopsy samples of the lung to the United Kingdom and ...  >>MORE

UAE participates in WHO negotiations on Protocol on Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products

Posted on 07/07/2009

Concern over illicit trade in tobacco products and its social implications has come to the fore at the World Health Organization's (WHO) Intergovernmental Negotiating Body meeting in Geneva, aimed at strengthening tobacco control. A UAE delegation was engaged in the multilateral negotiations, as part of the third session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Body on ‘Protocol on Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products.' The protocol is being deliberated under the Framework Convention on Tobacco ...  >>MORE

Herbal medicine to be regulated in the UAE

Posted on 06/07/2009

The Ministry of Health (MoH) has announced that it has put together a list of rules and regulations on the distribution and sales of herbal based medicines in the country said Dr Amin Hussain Al Amiri, Executive Director of Medical Practices and Licensing Affairs at the ministry. In a report published in the Arabic local daily Al Ittihad, Al Amiri said that the rules and regulations will come into effect next month. He said that this is the first time ever that a concrete effort has been ...  >>MORE

Dubai launches Enaya scheme

Posted on 01/07/2009

All Dubai government employees and their dependants will now come under a health insurance scheme called Enaya, after the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) announced its launch yesterday in a tie-up with Neuron LLC. Enaya, which means "care" in Arabic, will be implemented effective today, said Laila Al Jassmi, Director of Health Funding at the DHA. Al Jassmi said normally schemes do not focus on providing preventative cover, but the Enaya scheme provides all government employees with the ...  >>MORE

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H1N1 vaccination to cover all HealthCare workers in Abu Dhabi


Khalifa issues federal anti-tobacco law


SKMC surgeons perform first state-of-the-art awake brain surgery in the Gulf region


Health Ministry gives details on Federal Health Authority


Dubai CP inaugurates first field longest ambulance inaugurated


President approves the creation of a new Federal Health Authority


UNICEF honours UAE Health Minister


Thousands walk for diabetes awareness


Nahyan signs agreement to set up plant for production of biotechnology medicine


8,000 step out in support of breast cancer awareness campaign in Dubai


Stomach flushing syrup ordered off shelves


Emirates Cardiac Society launches the largest clinical study in the Gulf region


MOH celebrates Global Handwashing Day


Mubadala Healthcare announces first phase of national reference lab


Neopharma announces expansion into biotechnology and nanotechnology-based research and development


Emaar's first healthcare facility, The Dubai Mall Medical Centre opens to offer world-class medical care


SKMC celebrates the World Heart Day from 27 September - 5 October 2009


MoH approves production of Tamiflu-like medicine by local pharmaceutical firm


Ministry of Health warns: seasonal flu vaccine no protection against A(H1N1)


Ministry launches awareness campaign against H1N1


DHA, Dubai Civil Defence sign MoU for land transportation of medical radioactive materials


Govt Schools to Follow Guidelines Strictly


First successful implantation of biventricular assist device at SKMC


H1N1 Clearance Made Compulsory for Haj Visa


H1N1 portal, MoE website linked


UAE government prioritises safe blood transfusion services: Hanif


Sharjah Ruler signs “TrakCare” agreement with InterSystems Corporation


New maternity ward is born in Al Ain


New Electronic Imaging System "PACS" launched at SKMC


Health Minister tours Qasimi hospital in Sharjah


Emaar Healthcare Group expands Dubai portfolio


Wareed introduced at Ajman's Khalifa Hospital


Mohammed bin Rashid unveils Dh1b hospital


Health Minister pays surprise visit to Al Dhaid Hospital


Health Minister inspects mobile units of Centre of Ambulance Services


Sheikh Khalifa Medical City receives International accreditation as chest pain centre


Dubai Hospital promotes breast cancer awareness


Free genetic testing for cancer patients to assess oral therapy


UAE participates in WHO negotiations on Protocol on Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products


Herbal medicine to be regulated in the UAE


Dubai launches Enaya scheme