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UAE selected to host regional centre for blood derivatives studies

Posted on 17/05/2009

The UAE has been selected to host the regional centre for studies on using modern technology for sterilization of blood plasma and platelets of different microbes and bacterial viruses accredited by the EU. The good news was announced during a meeting between the Executive Director of Medical Practices and Licensing, Ministry of Health, Dr. Amin Al Amiri, and CEO of MacoPharma Professor Peter Frank. MacoPharma has more than 30 years of innovation in global healthcare, with expertise in the ...  >>MORE

Health Minister signs agreement with Sweden's Global Health Partners

Posted on 16/05/2009

UAE Ministry of Health has signed an agreement with Sweden's Global Health Partners where by the Swedish company will set up and run a combined obesity and diabetes clinic in Ajman at the Sheikh Khalifa Hospital. Under the agreement, Global Health Partner will be responsible for leading and running the Rashid Diabetes Clinic, which will be the first of its kind in the region, with a combination of highly specialized obesity and diabetes care. The clinic is immediately adjacent to the public ...  >>MORE

DNA laboratory to come up in Dubai

Posted on 11/05/2009

By 2011, Dubai will have in place a fully automated DNA laboratory to screen genetic disorders including thalassemia, a blood disorder that affects a large part of the local population. The laboratory is being set up at the cost of Dh11 million by the UAE Genetics Diseases Association (UAEGDA) at the Dubai Biotechnology and Research Park (DuBiotech). The association will also establish its new research and facilities at The Nucleotide Lab Complex in DuBiotech Park. "Tests will be prioritised ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed views plans to build two new hospitals in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 05/05/2009

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has underscored promoting the levels of health services and medical care provided to UAE nationals and residents alike for a dignified life. Sheikh Khalifa further stressed that medical care and health services receives utmost attention from the UAE government. Sheikh Khalifa made his remarks as he viewed plans unveiled yesterday by SEHA, the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company, to build two new world-class healthcare facilities in ...  >>MORE

UAE Health Ministry to set up 24-hour contact centre

Posted on 28/04/2009

The Health Ministry will soon set up contact centre to answer any queries ranging from how to get a doctor's license to what examinations are needed to work as a nurse in the UAE, it was announced on Monday. "The contact centre will provide varied services throughout the day and by connecting callers to various departments easily," said Humaid Mohammad Al Qutami, Minister of Health. The Minister along with Abdullah Salem Al Mana, etisalat general manager for Dubai region, witnessed the ...  >>MORE

Ministry on offensive over health advertising

Posted on 18/04/2009

The Ministry of Health has launched a new campaign against false advertisements and those promoting questionable treatments. Doctors from the ministry's medical advertising department are calling on people to report such advertising for medical services and have started a series of lectures to make the public aware of the problem. The department has also conducted surveys to gauge reactions to dubious advertising. Polls investigated people's scepticism when viewing advertisements for ...  >>MORE

New Ambulatory Healthcare Centre inaugurated in capital

Posted on 15/04/2009

The Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) inaugurated on Monday the new Ambulatory Healthcare Center (AHC)- Bain Al Jesraen. This is the third new clinic of its type added to the SEHA - AHS network in its efforts toward upgrading outpatient care and improving the quality of healthcare in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. In attendance at the opening ceremony was H.H Sheikh Hamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court, H.E. Dr. Ahmed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Chairman of ...  >>MORE

Planned overhaul of Abu Dhabi pharmacy laws set to improve hospital services

Posted on 11/04/2009

A leading member of the Health Authority in Abu Dhabi (HAAD) has revealed plans are underway to review pharmacy laws in the country. Dr Mohammed Abu Elkhair, Head, Pharma/Medicine and Medical Products Regulation Section, HAAD said that protocols that will standardise operations in pharmacies found in both the public and private sector hospitals serving the UAE are being considered. "We're working on updating new pharmacy laws in conjunction with the health ministry and the other ...  >>MORE

Hamdan inks contract for Dh 553 mn Khalifa hospital in RAK

Posted on 09/04/2009

H.E. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Public Works, signed yesterday a contract for building the Sheikh Khalifa specialist hospital in Ras Al Khaimah. The Dh 553-million health facility is part of President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan's support for development of infrastructure in remote regions in the country. The first of its kind project will have an initial capacity of 248 beds and expansion in future will bring total capacity to 400 beds. The 6-storey ...  >>MORE

UAE's declaration on safe blood transfusion practices for 2010-2011 released

Posted on 05/04/2009

The first global forum on safe blood transfusion practices organised by World Health Organisation (WHO) and Ministry of Health ended in Sharjah with the releasing of the UAE Declaration on safe blood transfusion for the period 2010-2011. The declaration calls for focusing on making blood and its components available to all without exception, as well as for the implementation of equality in giving support in this field. The global forum was formally opened by the minister of health HE Humaid ...  >>MORE

Saud opens Dh 24 mn hospital for senility diseases

Posted on 02/04/2009

H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Ras al-Khaimah, inaugurated yesterday the Obeidullah hospital for treatment of elderly people. The 90,000 cubic feet health facility was built at the expense of businessman Mohammed Ibrahim bin Obeidullah at Dh 24 million. Sheikh Saud, who was accompanied by H.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Health Minister HE Humaid Al Qattami and Obeidullah, toured the 126-bed ...  >>MORE

First specialised paediatric hospital in Sharjah at cost US$25 million

Posted on 02/04/2009

The feasibility studies on setting up the first specialised paediatric hospital at cost US$25 million in Sharjah in cooperation with the American medical institutions, has been completed, Sheikh Faisal bin Khalid Al Qasimi, Board Chairman of the Sharjah Royal Hospital, has announced. He said the hospital, which will be constructed in three phases, will include 140 beds and provide the best medical services through highly qualified medical, nursing and technical cadres. – Emirates News Agency, ...  >>MORE

UAE braces to get free iodine-disorders status

Posted on 29/03/2009

The Ministry of Health is bracing to release a final assessment of the Iodine Deficiency Disorders prior to gain a free-iodine disorders status. A senior health official said the UAE had drawn a national control programme in line with the World Health Organisation requirements. The ministry has partnered with the International Council for the Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders, a non-profit, non-government organization for the sustainable elimination of iodine deficiency and the promotion ...  >>MORE

UAE mobile hospital to assume maiden mission next month

Posted on 25/03/2009

Inauguration of the Emirates World Humanitarian Mobile Hospital at the UAE Armed Forces Officers' Club ushers the country's medical relief into a new impressive phase for delivery of advanced curative programmes, according to Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Red Crescent Authority (RCA) HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan. 'By launching this health initiative, the UAE reiterates its sustained efforts to extend medical and humanitarian assistance to those in need across the world,' ...  >>MORE

Maktoum inaugurates specialised eye clinics at DMC

Posted on 25/03/2009

Dubai Deputy Ruler, H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, inaugurated Tuesday morning a branch of the Moroccan Hospital and Eye Clinic, opened at the Dubai Medical City (DMC). The AED20 million hospital is part of a network of Saudi Arabian company, comprising of 32 hospitals in the Middle East region. Sheikh Maktoum toured the various sections of the hospital and was briefed by the hospital director about the new health edifice, which consists of Ophthalmology clinics where ...  >>MORE

HAAD and Pearson launch online Testing for Health Professionals

Posted on 23/03/2009

The Health Authority-Abu Dhabi (HAAD) has signed an exclusive 5-year contract with Pearson VUE to provide computer-based testing for the Health Professionals Licensure Examinations. H.E. Dr Ahmed Al Mazrouei, Chairman of HAAD said, "This is a part of our plan to pursue and achieve excellence in all aspects of healthcare, as we move towards transparency and accessibility." "Computer-based testing is the first choice for most international high-stake licensure exams. The applicants will be able ...  >>MORE

MoH and Sanofi-aventis Gulf pledge to cut down diabetes incidence levels in UAE

Posted on 16/03/2009

H.E Mr. Humaid Al Qutami, UAE Minister of Health and Jean-Marc Voissier, General Manager of Sanofi-aventis pharmaceuticals Gulf, yesterday signed a contract to launch an extensive three-year diabetes and atherothrombosis awareness campaign in hope of lowering the alarming prevalence rates of these diseases in the UAE. The contract was signed during a press conference at the minister's office at the Abu Dhabi Ministry of Health. "This campaign represents our commitment to the federal government ...  >>MORE

Surgeon performs first telesurgery in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 15/03/2009

The first telesurgery in the capital city was performed on a 14-year-old Emirati girl in front of a team of surgeons during the fourth Abu Dhabi Annual International Surgery Conference, Gulf News learnt. The patient (whose name was not released due to confidentiality purposes) suffered from a small tumour in an adrenal gland. Ali M. Ghellai, Consultant HPB (Liver, Pancreas and bile duct) Surgeon at Al Mafraq Hospital - organisers of the conference - performed the one-and-a-half hour ...  >>MORE

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

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UAE selected to host regional centre for blood derivatives studies


Health Minister signs agreement with Sweden's Global Health Partners


DNA laboratory to come up in Dubai


Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed views plans to build two new hospitals in Abu Dhabi


UAE Health Ministry to set up 24-hour contact centre


Ministry on offensive over health advertising


New Ambulatory Healthcare Centre inaugurated in capital


Planned overhaul of Abu Dhabi pharmacy laws set to improve hospital services


Hamdan inks contract for Dh 553 mn Khalifa hospital in RAK


UAE's declaration on safe blood transfusion practices for 2010-2011 released


Saud opens Dh 24 mn hospital for senility diseases


First specialised paediatric hospital in Sharjah at cost US$25 million


UAE braces to get free iodine-disorders status


UAE mobile hospital to assume maiden mission next month


Maktoum inaugurates specialised eye clinics at DMC


HAAD and Pearson launch online Testing for Health Professionals


MoH and Sanofi-aventis Gulf pledge to cut down diabetes incidence levels in UAE


Surgeon performs first telesurgery in Abu Dhabi


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