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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

Tawam Hospital introduces mobile mammography van in the UAE’s Western Region

Posted on 23/06/2009

Tawam Hospital, in affiliation with John Hopkins Medicine, commissioned a mobile mammography van with a team of experienced professionals that will visit hospitals in Western Abu Dhabi on a regular basis. The first visit to the Western Region was held recently, and over 100 women from a variety of areas in the western region of the UAE were screened for breast cancer in four days. The visits are part of an initiative to ensure that every woman, above the age of 40, in the Emirate of Abu ...  >>MORE

UAE reaching close to 100% voluntary blood donation: Ministry of Health official

Posted on 14/06/2009

The UAE will join the world family on 14th June to mark the World Blood Donor Day 2009 under the global theme: 'Achieving 100 per cent non-remunerated donation of blood and blood components'. Millions of people around the world owe their lives to individuals they will never meet - people who donate their blood to help others. But millions more still can't get safe blood when they need it. World Blood Donor Day, celebrated on June 14 every year, provides a unique opportunity to thank those ...  >>MORE

Taxes, regulations to help build a tobacco-free UAE

Posted on 31/05/2009

A federal anti-smoking law is expected to increase the price of a packet of cigarettes and unify the emirates' tobacco control policies as the country shows it is serious about curbing tobacco use on World No Tobacco Day today. The region has traditionally lacked coherent rules and education about the dangers of tobacco, according to state news agency WAM, but is now implementing policies in line with a global health treaty. The World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco ...  >>MORE

SMS rumours about short of blood, disease outbreak are unfounded: MoH

Posted on 23/05/2009

The Ministry of Health today warned members of the public against heeding malicious SMS rumours about short in supply of medicines and blood in hospitals to treat patients or outbreak of certain diseases. Dr. Amin Al Amiri, Executive Director at MoH for Medical Practices and Licensing Affairs, said recently circulated text messages propagated rumours that there were lack of blood units and appealed to people to donate blood of specific group for a hospitalised patient. 'These circulated ...  >>MORE

Dubai Heart Centre performs 120 heart surgeries, free-of-charge

Posted on 22/05/2009

The Dubai Heart Centre performed 120 heart surgeries free-of-charge for Emirati and expatriate patients during the past four months on Thursday celebrating the event by bringing together patients and medical staff at the Dubai Hospital. The surgeries were both open-heart and cardiac catheterisation operations performed on patients as young as three-years-old, said Dr Obaid Al Jassim, consultant cardiac surgeon and Director of the Centre. He said Dubai and the Northern Emirates do not ...  >>MORE

No Tobacco Campaign Kicks off today

Posted on 22/05/2009

The six-week long No Tobacco Campaign being rolled out with the support of Ministry of Health (MOH) kicked off today amidst an overwhelming response. Leading corporate houses, malls and educational institutions have come forth to show support. . Among the many programs, the No Tobacco Campaign aims to generate a minimum of 10,000 pledges against tobacco consumption on 31st of May from across the emirates. UAE residents can log onto a dedicated website >>MORE

UAE Health Minister feted in Vienna

Posted on 21/05/2009

Vienna - UAE's Permanent Representative at UN office in Vienna Obeid Salem Al Za'abi hosted a reception in honour of the minister of health Dr. Hanif Hassan, who is currently in Switzerland to participate in the 62nd session of the World Health Assembly A number of health ministers taking part in the assembly from various countries also attended the reception. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

SKMC celebrates the International Thalassemia Day on 21 May 2009

Posted on 20/05/2009

Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC), managed by Cleveland Clinic, celebrates the International Thalassemia Day on Thursday, May 21st, 2009. The aim of the Thalassemia day is to raise the awareness of the public on how to prevent Thalassemia; and that lives can be made more enjoyable and living with Thalassemia can be made easier through education. SKMC is owned and operated by SEHA, the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company, which is responsible for the curative activities of all the public ...  >>MORE

UAE participates at 62nd World Health Assembly

Posted on 19/05/2009

Geneva - The UAE is taking part in the 62nd session of the World Health Assembly which kicked off yesterday in Geneva, Switzerland. The UAE delegation to the 5-day gathering is led by Minister of Health Dr Hanif Hassan Ali. At this session, the Health Assembly will discuss a number of public health issues, including: pandemic influenza preparedness: sharing of influenza viruses and access to vaccines and other benefits; implementation of the International Health Regulations; primary health ...  >>MORE

Medical and community groups unite to mark second annual World Hepatitis Day

Posted on 18/05/2009

In the lead up to World Hepatitis Day on the 19th May, key health and community stakeholders have joined together to raise the profile of hepatitis B in the UAE and initiate a call to action for citizens to seek screening and learn how to protect themselves from the disease that affects 2-7% of the population of the Middle East. Representatives from the Emirates Gastroenterology Society and Al Ain Sports and Cultural Club addressed members of the press regarding World Hepatitis Day and the ...  >>MORE

MoH, Swiss drug maker Roche hold talks over joint cooperation

Posted on 17/05/2009

The UAE Ministry of Health held talks with Swiss drug maker Roche over mechanism of re-energising joint programmes for upgrading pharmaceutical industries and training health professional in the sector. The talks were attended on the UAE side by Ali bin Shakr, Director General of Health Ministry and Executive Director of Medical Practices and Licensing Dr. Amin Al Amiri. Swiss Ambassador Wolfgang Amadeus Bruelhart, General Manager of Roche in the Gulf Raphael Kandalaft, Director of Roche Gulf ...  >>MORE

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

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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


Tawam Hospital introduces mobile mammography van in the UAE’s Western Region


UAE reaching close to 100% voluntary blood donation: Ministry of Health official


Taxes, regulations to help build a tobacco-free UAE


SMS rumours about short of blood, disease outbreak are unfounded: MoH


Dubai Heart Centre performs 120 heart surgeries, free-of-charge


No Tobacco Campaign Kicks off today


UAE Health Minister feted in Vienna


SKMC celebrates the International Thalassemia Day on 21 May 2009


UAE participates at 62nd World Health Assembly


Medical and community groups unite to mark second annual World Hepatitis Day


MoH, Swiss drug maker Roche hold talks over joint cooperation


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