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UAE Health News: November 2008

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This page aims to keep my students in the Health Administration program at University of Sharjah updated with the latest news & changes related to the UAE health care system & its environment.....News in Arabic.

US group to regulate Dubai paediatrics
2008-11-30
A US-based advocacy and education group for paediatricians is setting up practice in Dubai, bringing regulation and education standards for child health to an area lacking uniform paediatric policies. The Dubai chapter of the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) will be the first overseas chapter of the medical group and is expected to work closely with UAE health authorities on child health policies.
UAE ID card replaces health card
2008-11-30
The UAE Ministry of Health has announced that individuals who have obtained the new identity card can use it to obtain services at public hospitals. No other documentation need be provided if the individual has the ID card.
UAE cancer cases increase
2008-11-30
Incidence of cancer in the UAE is expected to rise among children and the elderly, a leading oncologist in Dubai has said. Oncologists are already reporting an increase of cancer cases in children and of prostate cancer in men. According to Dr Fareed Khalifa, head of ...
http://www.ameinfo.com/177398.html
Emirates Ophthalmology Conference ends
2008-11-30
The conference which is organized by the Emirates Ophthalmic Society (EMAOS) and in partnership with the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) closed as a success ...
http://www.arabianbusiness.com
Meeting to discuss forming HIV body
2008-11-30
Talks are being held today on the possibility of forming an HIV/Aids association. Representatives from the UN, health authorities, the Red Crescent Society, doctors and journalists will meet at Health Authority-Abu Dhabi (HAAD) to define the objectives of such an organization ....
http://www.thenational.ae
UAE recorded 35 cases of Aids last year
2008-11-29
Thirty-five new cases of HIV/Aids were recorded in the UAE last year putting the total number of cases documented in the country at 540, said Humaid Mohammad Obaid Al Qutami, Minister of Health.....
http://www.gulfnews.com
GMC Hospital Radiology Dept Installs CT Scan in Fujirah
2008-11-29
The GMC Hospital Fujairah radiology department became the first private hospital to install CT-Scan facilities for the benefit of patients in and around Fujairah. The hospital has invested approximately three and half million to provide these facilities.
Illness expected to rise in the UAE
2008-11-29
Incidence of cancer in the UAE is expected to rise among children and the elderly, said a leading oncologist in Dubai. Oncologists are already reporting an increase of cancer cases in children and of prostate cancer in men. Dr Fareed Khalifa, head of the oncology department at Dubai Hospital, told Gulf News more children were already coming in for diagnosis and treatment ....
http://www.gulfnews.com
Public and private centres offer range of cancer treatments
2008-11-29
Tackling cancer effectively requires a holistic approach to screening, diagnosis and treatment. In the UAE, where the government takes an active role in cancer treatment, the process can involve several centres in both the private and public sector, with varying costs for the different services ....
http://www.gulfnews.com
Health officials call for trauma register
2008-11-29
Health officials are calling for a national trauma register to help government agencies and hospital bosses create policies and ......
http://www.thenational.ae
Emiratis to read for public health degrees
2008-11-27
Twenty Emiratis have been selected by the Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD) to participate in a health care leadership training programme sourced from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. .....
http://www.gulfnews.com/nation/Education/10263129.html
National identity card a must to issue health card, says top UAE official
2008-11-27
The Ministry of Health has issued circulars to directors of medical zones, hospitals and medical centres, stipulating that an applicant must get national identity card before being issued a health card. .....
http://www.gulfnews.com/nation/Government/10262776.html
Child safety seats could be made compulsory
2008-11-27
The Government is considering making compulsory the use of child safety seats in vehicles, a transport official revealed. “We are studying it now, whether it can work in the UAE or cannot work, and what the advantages of it are,”....
http://www.thenational.ae
Healthcare sector as fit as a fiddle
2008-11-27
If a healthy nation is a wealthy nation, then the UAE is definitely a wealthy one. The healthcare sector in the UAE, which has been constantly undergoing drastic chang over the past three decades, is robust but faces new challenges. ..... For More: http://www.business24-7.ae
Private Hospital project launched in Ras Al Khaimah
2008-11-27
He said the hospital would benefit the society and help improve the healthcare services in the area. He urged other businessmen in Ras Al Khaimah also to .....
http://www.menafn.com
Emiratis infected with HIV to enjoy legal protection
2008-11-26
The Minister of Health has outlined legal measures being drawn up to protect the rights of Emiratis with HIV/Aids. ......
http://www.thenational.ae
Road accidents keep morgue busy
2008-11-26
Police attend a car accident outside the Etihad headquarters in Abu Dhabi's airport district. Andrew Parsons / The National Dr Adnan Abbas sees every dead .......
http://www.thenational.ae
Traffic-related deaths on the increase
2008-11-26
The death rate on the emirate’s roads is running at 37.5 per 100000 people, according to Health Authority-Abu Dhabi (HAAD). This is more than twice the ......
http://www.thenational.ae
The first “successfully performed atherectomy” procedure in the Middle East performed at SKMC
2008-11-25
The Department of Surgery of Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) managed by Cleveland Clinic has successfully performed more than 250 cases of Vascular Surgery over the last ten months. .....
http://www.arabianbusiness.com
New hospitals we need – and those we don’t
2008-11-25
Although there are worries about the real estate sector slowing down in the UAE (and particularly in Dubai), the health sector shouldn’t be bundled in to ......
http://www.thenational.ae
Dubai Health Authority unveils a new Medical Centre in Dubai Healthcare City
2008-11-24
Director General, Dubai Health Authority unveils the new Dubai Bone and Joint Centre in Dubai Healthcare City .....
http://www.albawaba.com
Fire drill helps work out kinks at Dubai Healthcare City
2008-11-24
Emergency services staged a mass fire drill in Dubai Healthcare City yesterday, evacuating a building of more than 600 people. .....
http://www.thenational.ae
UAE to be Measles-Free Soon
2008-11-24
These vaccines were being made available at all primary healthcare centres, maternity and child care centres and preventive medicine departments. ......
http://www.zawya.com
Nursing Services at SKMC organizes the 1st Abu Dhabi Wound Care Conference
2008-11-23
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC), managed by Cleveland Clinic, organizes the 1st Abu Dhabi Wound Care Conference in collaboration with Faculty of University of Toronto: organized on the 22nd of November, 2008 in Abu Dhabi Beach Rotana Hotel....
http://www.ameinfo.com
UAE- Investing in Health
2008-11-23
Abu Dhabi is making strides to enhance its healthcare infrastructure by building several new medical facilities, most of which involve private sector participation. Zaid Al Siksek, chief executive of the Health Authority - Abu Dhabi (HAAD), told OBG, "There are many reasons why it is important to privatise healthcare. But mainly we want to try to reduce the level of inefficiencies and build trust in the healthcare system." Traditionally, public institutions have provided the majority of medical needs in the emirate, leading to "many inefficiencies in both a clinical and administrative sense," said Al Siksek. Currently, less than 800 out of a total of 3,900 beds are privately managed .....
http://www.menafn.com
MoH pre-marriage screening campaign completes 9,389 tests in six months
2008-11-23
The pre-marriage health screening campaign of the UAE Ministry of Health launched in March has received an overwhelming response, with clinics at all MoH healthcare centers conducting 9,398 tests in six months. .....
http://www.albawaba.com
Experts Seek More Research for Effective Medicines
2008-11-21
Local medical experts have called for more health research at the regional level to make new drugs more effective for patients. The call comes close on the heels of a new study which showed that a new drug had helped reduce major cardiovascular (CV) diseases significantly. Dr Abdullah Shehab, Director of ..... For More: http://www.khaleejtimes.com
DM holds emergency and crisis response seminar
2008-11-21
The Public Health and Safety Department of Dubai Municipality organized a seminar on "Emergency and Crisis Response." The seminar was held in conformity with the Strategic Plan of the Emirate of Dubai for 2007-2015 that embodies the vision and objectives of the government to achieve community health and safety by taking all measures to ensure public safety. The seminar was also in consideration of the fact that hazard and emergency management is one of the important areas that should be addressed with high priority. The seminar was aimed at enhancing the knowledge of the participants on preparing emergency and crisis management plans as per the best practices in the world in this field .....
http://www.zawya.com/story.cfm
Kerala explores healthcare pact with UAE
2008-11-21
A visiting delegation from Kerala is discussing a proposed agreement on healthcare manpower with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government in Dubai. ..... For More: http://arabia.ndtv.com
GCC countries need to give greater importance to health research
2008-11-20
The UAE has a very high rate of heart attacks, strokes and heart failure due to the huge lifestyle changes, and we must try and prevent these diseases....
http://www.albawaba.com
Anti-aging health industry continues upward trend in Middle East
2008-11-19
The growth in the market for anti-aging products and services in the region continues to rise and many companies are looking to expand. This is despite a global recession looming.
http://www.ameinfo.com/176248.html
Officials to investigate physicians' histories
2008-11-19
Health officials revealed plans to conduct background checks and verify the licence of every medical professional working in the emirate. The announcement coincides with the trial in the UK this week of a Dubai-based doctor accused of killing a patient by giving him the wrong medication. The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) said it would follow closely the criminal case against Dr Mitra Nikkhah, who was apparently practising in Dubai a month after she was charged in the UK. It has already suspended Dr Nikkhah’s licence and said it would take further action against her if necessary. The DHA said it had been planning the background checks before Dr Nikkhah’s case came to light. The checks are to include examining employment records. For More: http://www.thenational.ae
Abu Dhabi to host world ophthalmology congress
2008-11-18
Abu Dhabi city is to host the World Ophthalmology Congress (WOC) 2012, which is expected to attract in excess of 12,000 international delegates. WOC is the world’s longest running and largest international medical meeting having been established in 1857 with the Abu Dhabi event representing the 33rd congress of its type.
http://www.albawaba.com
US health firm to run Abu Dhabi maternity hospital
2008-11-17
Health authorities have hired a well-known US health care group to manage the only specialist maternity hospital in the UAE capital. The Corniche Hospital in Abu Dhabi, where more than 12,000 babies are born every year, is to be managed by Johns Hopkins Medicine International of the US in an effort to raise standards. According to Dr Ahmed al Mazrouei, chairman of Health Authority Abu Dhabi and the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), the hospital will be run according to “modern, patient-centred approaches and international clinical best practices”. This is the third facility in Abu Dhabi to be affiliated with the Johns Hopkins group since 2006, joining Tawam Hospital in Al Ain and Al Rahba Hospital on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi. For More: http://www.bi-me.com/
First international pharmacy conference in the UAE
2008-11-17
Tawam Hospital in affiliation with Johns Hopkins Medicine, hosted the first international pharmacy conference at the Intercontinental Hotel, Al Ain on November 15th – 16th with the theme ‘Broader Horizons in Pharmacy Practice.’
http://www.arabianbusiness.com/
Diabetes survey for children soon
2008-11-17
A diabetes survey targeting children will be conducted soon to discover how many and how young children are when they get the metabolic disorder. The country has the second worst prevalence rate globally. Doctors have reported children as young as 10 being diagnosed with Type II diabetes, formerly known as adult-onset diabetes because it develops after years of unhealthy living. Children as young as 6 have shown up with symptoms of pre-diabetes.
http://www.gulfnews.com/
X-ray machine not working for last six days
2008-11-17
The X-ray machine at the 200-bed Al Qasimi Hospital is not functioning for the past six days, Gulf News has learnt. A source said, "We are sending our patients who need an X-ray to Al Kuwait hospital in Sharjah," the source said.
http://www.gulfnews.com/
UAE has highest number of diabetes sufferers in GCC
2008-11-16
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), at least 171 million people worldwide are registered as diabetes sufferers. The UAE is among the top five countries with the highest percentage of adult diabetes sufferers. 70% of the UAE population is at risk for developing diabetes according to current indicators.
http://www.ameinfo.com/
New Health Strategy for Dubai on the Cards
2008-11-15
The future operational structure of the Dubai Health Authority was announced recently. The Director General of the Dubai Health Authority, Qadhi Saeed Al Murooshid said, “The Dubai Health Authority will help draft and implement a new health strategy for Dubai, a comprehensive e-Health strategy, implementing new medical guidelines and population health initiatives as well as the new funding and regulation measures which will be launched in the near future.” For More: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/
Young women turn to Botox
2008-11-14
Women as young as 20 are undergoing cosmetic procedures such as Botox and fillers before they even have wrinkles, according to beauty experts. They say women in the UAE are seeking treatments to preserve their looks at an increasingly young age.
http://www.thenational.ae/
Pittsburgh Hospital to Open Cancer Clinics in Abu Dhabi
2008-11-13
Expanding overseas has been a slowly developing trend for American hospitals over the last decade. It has been largely limited to academic medical centers ranked in the top 18 of the U.S. News & World Report annual list. For example, Cleveland Clinic is opening a hospital in Abu Dhabi, Weill Cornell Medical Center is building a branch in Qatar, and Duke University is opening a medical school in Singapore....
http://www.nytimes.com/
Diabetes: Global Epidemic
2008-11-13
.... The only place where prevalence of diabetes is worse than the UAE is the tiny South Pacific island of Nauru, a place where .... The WHO estimates that approximately 180 million people worldwide have diabetes. This number has been predicted to double by 2025-2030. In 2005, approximately 1.1 million people died worldwide as a result of diabetes and this number could increase by 50 per cent within the next 10 years. For More: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/
Diabetes centre offers online monitoring
2008-11-12
The first dedicated diabetes centre for children opened yesterday, the latest step in the country’s fight to control an illness that is growing alarmingly among young people. The UAE has the second highest rate of the disease in the world, with the majority of victims suffering from Type 2 diabetes ........ Children with diabetes will be able to take their blood-sugar level daily, download it to a program on their mobile phones and send the results to the center's website via SMS. There it can be monitored and a suitable lifestyle program drawn up ...
http://www.thenational.ae
Mubadala and LabCorp to Establish National Reference Laboratory in Abu Dhabi
2008-11-12
Mubadala Healthcare, the specialist division of Mubadala Development Company, and Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings, more commonly known as LabCorp, have announced their agreement to establish the national reference laboratory in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Scheduled for completion by the end of 2009, the national reference laboratory (NRL) will be the first of its kind in the region to provide a centralized solution for laboratory testing. A complete range of services will be offered including routine and esoteric laboratory tests that are currently being sent to Europe and elsewhere. The laboratory will be fully automated and include a IT backbone. In addition, the NRL will be designed and operated to ensure record turn-around time on critical tests, which in many cases is less than two hours, as well as achieve international accreditation from the College of American Pathologists.
http://www.redorbit.com
UAE to make medical tests mandatory for school students
2008-11-12
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) government will make medical tests mandatory for students during their enrollment process in schools, local newspaper Khaleej Timesreported on Wednesday. The mandatory tests, which will include blood and urine tests, are part of the Health Ministry's school health program to detect and prevent diseases among children at an early age, said the report. The ministry's decision to make the tests mandatory firstly in public schools results from the fact that diseases such as anaemia, diabetes and thalassemia go undetected for years until they become full-blown cases, Fawzia Al Jaziri, a senior official with the ministry, was quoted as saying. ...
http://news.xinhuanet.com
Director General unveils DHA operational structure with five 'health' Directorates
2008-11-12
The Director General of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), His Excellency Qadhi Saeed Al Murooshid, has announced the future operational structure of the Government's new strategic health authority. He has also appointed Dr Haidar Al Yousuf as chief of the Sector Accountability and Performance Directorate. Commenting on the structure, the Director General said: 'We are now starting to appoint our senior team to help deliver all the values and benefits that the DHA brings to the healthcare sector in Dubai.' He adds: 'The DHA has a very busy programme over the next few months. This includes helping to draft and implement a new health strategy for Dubai, a comprehensive E-Health strategy, implementing new medical guidelines and population health initiatives as well as the new funding and regulation measures which will be launched in the near future.' ... For More: http://www.zawya.com
More Tests for Schoolchildren: This Time Medical
2008-11-12
Children will soon be required to undertake blood and urine tests during their enrollment process in public schools, a senior Ministry of Health (MoH) official said on Tuesday. The mandatory tests are part of the MoH’s school health program to detect and prevent diseases among children at an early age. “The tests will be conducted during the time of admission among children of KG 1, again when the child enters Grade 5 and finally in Grade 9,” said Dr Fawzia Al Jaziri, Director of the School Health Department at the MoH in Dubai. The ministry is also recommending the same for private schools. Dr Fawzia says the tests are being made mandatory since diseases such as anaemia, diabetes and Thalassaemia go undetected for years until they become full-blown cases... For More: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/
Vehicular pollution drives healthcare cost in Dubai
2008-11-12
Vehicle exhaust fumes caused nearly two-thirds of Dubai’s thick smog in the last three years leading to a spike in healthcare cost, a senior official has said. .... “Dubai’s air pollution levels are about the same as those of Singapore. We are still not as good as the US or Europe. However, we are better than places like India and New Zealand,” said Redha ... Growing air pollution from transport sector alone cost Arab countries dearly as they spend more than $5 billion to fight health problems caused by vehicle emissions, said Dr Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad, UAE’s Minister of Environment and Water. This cost is calculated in the form of deaths, chronic diseases, medical care and a decrease in production. .... He noted that the World Health Organization has estimated in a report in 2000, three million people die from to air pollution-related diseases every year. This accounts for five per cent of the total deaths annually. ....
http://www.xpress4me.com/news/uae/dubai/20010455.html
Infection prevention placed in hygienic hands
2008-11-09
Hand hygiene plays an integral part in infection prevention and control and is in the spotlight at present. The importance of enhancing hand hygiene was the focus of the International Infection Prevention Week press conference held at Shaikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) marking the yearly infection control week celebrated since 1986. "Health professionals, family members and patients have to start becoming aware of the importance of hand washing/hygiene. The hand consists of millions of bacterial cells, even more than our own body cells, and that is the first thing that promotes an infection," explained Lewis Hutchison to Gulf News, a senior official from the Joint Commission International (JCI)...
http://www.gulfnews.com
Abu Dhabi growth to stay on course
2008-11-09
Abu Dhabi's economic growth in 2008 will match the emirate's 17.4 per cent gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate of last year, unaffected by the global financial crises that's expected to slow down growth of some of the world's major economies, Mohammad Omer Abdullah, Undersecretary for the Department of Planning and Economy (DPE), Abu Dhabi said here on Sunday. "Abu Dhabi will sustain the growth momentum of 2007 in 2008," Abdullah told reporters on the sidelines of Abu Dhabi Conference-2008, organised by Middle East Economic Digest (Meed).... In his presentation at the conference, Abdullah said Abu Dhabi's GDP in 2007 at current prices was at $108.9 billion, while GDP per capita exceeded $71,000. "The size of Abu Dhabi's economy has more than doubled during the period 2002-2007," said Abdullah. He said Abu Dhabi's per capita GDP is the second-highest in the world after Qatar. DPE Chairman Nasser Ahmad Al Suwaidi, said at the conference that the priority areas for the government of Abu Dhabi are: Education, Healthcare, Modernisation of the Public Sector and Economic Div-ersification. .. For More : http://www.gulfnews.com
Abu Dhabi's future in hands of private sector
2008-11-09
The future of Abu Dhabi will be determined by success or failure in four key areas: modernised health and education systems, an efficient public sector and a diversified economy, a top official said yesterday. Ahmed al Sowaidi, the chairman of the Department of Planning and Economy (DPE), said achieving those goals would allow the emirate to integrate into the world economy, which was important now more than ever..... One Government goal would see the public sector restructured to become a regulator of public services rather than a provider. Its workforce has been reduced to 11,000 civil servants, from 65,000 in 2005. As the public sector takes an increasingly marginal role in the practical provision of services, the private sector will step in, although under Government supervision, the DPE said. The DPE will figure strongly in attempts to diversify Abu Dhabi’s economy by shifting its heavy reliance on the oil and gas sector, which still represents more than 60 per cent of the emirate’s gross domestic product, Mr Sowaidi said.
http://www.thenational.ae/
Hospitals held back as building costs rise
2008-11-08
Medical projects are being postponed, reduced in scale or are running over budget as the price of building increases. The Ministry of Public Works has asked the Ministry of Health to re-evaluate all planned healthcare and hospital projects in the northern Emirates. The Health Ministry plans to build as many as 13 primary healthcare centres and increase the number of hospital beds in Ras al Khaimah. Al Qassimi hospital is also establishing a heart centre. Dr Abdullah al Nuaimi, the director general of public works, said construction costs had increased so much that the ministry could no longer afford to continue with plans as they were. He said his ministry had asked health officials to “reconsider downscaling or reducing some of their requirements… to look into what pieces could be saved and what pieces should be postponed for another phase”.
http://www.thenational.ae
Emergency care in northern emirates
2008-11-07
Fujairah: Emergency and accident treatment standards in some of the northern emirates are lagging behind their counterparts in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, admitted a leading health official. Dr Ali Shakar, Director General of the Health Authority says the medical treatment and resources available in Dubai and Abu Dhabi have surpassed those in the northern emirates. He said: "I agree there is room for improvement when it comes to the training and resources available to emergency medics in some of the northern emirates and it is something we're working on." "We intend to improve quality and standards of medics and emergency crews, especially in the northern emirates," he added.
http://www.gulfnews.com
A Big Leap Towards Medical Tourism
2008-11-07
The Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) is all set to become an international hub for medical tourism in the near future, as all the major healthcare projects are nearing their completion dates, said Dr Ayesha Abdullah, Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Healthcare Planning and Quality at the DHCC. The senior DHCC official shed light on the existing and upcoming projects at the DHCC, in an exclusive interview with Khaleej Times. As the first healthcare free zone in the region, the DHCC was conceived with the objective of creating a regional centre of excellence for medical services, medical education and life sciences research and development in the Middle East. For More: http://www.khaleejtimes.com
Interview with UAE Minister of Health
2008-11-07
Humaid Mohammad Obaid Al Qutami, Minister of Health, in an exclusive interview to XPRESS, talks about the latest initiatives undertaken by the Ministry of Health to improve the UAE’s healthcare standards. From multi-million dirham cancer centres to an electronic network linking hospitals and clinics in the UAE and the much-awaited federal health insurance scheme, the government has lined up a raft of initiatives to improve the standard of healthcare in the nation. Humaid Mohammad Obaid Al Qutami, Minister of Health, said these major health reforms will provide the UAE residents with better access to higher standards of healthcare. The changes, he said, are in line with the federal government’s plans to double the investment in the healthcare sector over the next three years. "We have identified key areas and are aware of the shortcomings. The funds will be used to bring about major developments in the health sector," Al Qutami said. The most ambitious of these initiatives by the Ministry of Health, he added, includes an electronic network system that will link hospitals and clinics in the UAE.
http://www.xpress4me.com
Medical tourism: A hit and myth affair
2008-11-07
Capturing a slice of the health tourism market may be tougher than the UAE thinks. For all its press, medical tourism is still an unmapped market. Two hotly anticipated reports, released by data giants McKinsey and Deloitte earlier this year, gave starkly different pictures of the industry. McKinsey pinpointed between 60,000 to 85,000 health tourists globally per year. Deloitte's report, released three days later, claimed 750,000 from the US alone in 2007; a number, says Josef Woodman, author of Patients Without Borders, as spectacularly overhyped as McKinsey's is underplayed. Still, talk of a boom has whetted the appetites of governments, with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) the latest country to hitch its wagon to the trend. Dubai has led the charge, with the city-state's tourism authority predicting the UAE will receive 11.2 million medical tourists by 2010, largely through Dubai Health Care City (DHCC). But for a country where most medical tourism is outbound - government figures show US$2 billion is spent annually sending nationals abroad for care - it could be an uphill struggle to turn the flow around.
http://www.arabianbusiness.com
Dubai to Become Hub for Healthcare Travel
2008-11-07
The government of Dubai is looking into developing the Gulf emirate as a hub for healthcare travel and medical tourism in the Middle East. As part of Dubai's effort in that direction, it has authorized the Institute for International Research in the Middle East (IIRM) to organize an international conference, entitled Healthcare Travel. "The conference will deal with medical tourism," Sietske Meerlo, IIRM's senior marketing manager, told The Media Line. "Cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery would fall under that title," he added.
http://www.themedialine.org
Plans announced for nursing council
2008-11-06
The Ministry of Health has announced plans to create a Supreme Council of Nursing and Midwifery in an attempt to boost standards of care and improve the image of the nursing profession. The council would be set up under the patronage of Princess Haya bint Hussein, who is married to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
http://www.thenational.ae
Dubai becomes a hotspot for healthcare tourism
2008-11-05
Healthcare tourism in Dubai is becoming more common as international patients are choosing to come to Dubai for specialist surgical procedures, from word of mouth recommendations. According to the American Hospital Dubai, their Total Joint Replacement Centre treated 550 patients in 2007, 40 per cent of whom came from outside the UAE. The hospital's Total Joint Replacement Centre will treat over 700 patients at the hospital, in 2008. Dr Samih Tarabichi, Director of the Total Joint Replacement Centre at the American Hospital Dubai, comments, "The international market for total joint replacement surgery exploded with the technical advances made in knee implant technology and the surgical procedures, which deliver a very high rate of success (around 98 per cent) and very positive patient benefits."
“National Reference Laboratory" planned for Abu Dhabi
2008-11-05
LabCorp is teaming up with a healthcare firm in the United Arab Emirates (Mubadala Development Company) to open a testing facility in Abu Dhabi. The facility, which is scheduled to open late next year, is to provide a centralized location for a variety of tests that are currently performed in Europe and other areas, the companies said in a statement. Mubadala Development Company is based in the UAE and is owned by the UAE government.
Healthcare overhaul in Dubai
2008-11-05
All medical professionals will need to reapply for their right to practise under new measures designed to unify Dubai’s fragmented licensing regime and ensure patients are treated by someone who is competent and qualified. Proposals for the new set of standards were disclosed by Dr Essa Kazim, the director of health regulation at the Dubai Health Authority (DHA). The DHA’s new regulatory arm would implement the new standards...... .... Among the numerous regulatory gaps in Dubai’s healthcare system, there is no method in place to uniformly assess doctors, nurses or other professionals working in the private sector once they have received their license to practice ....... There are about 10 regulatory bodies overseeing medical practitioners in Dubai, including Dubai Police and Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC). This fragmented system creates “disharmony and confusion” among professionals, he said, because with each different body comes different legislation and procedures. The new regulatory body would set a clear minimum standard for professionals. More than 15,000 health professionals will be affected by the new rules, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists and physiotherapists. About 6,000 doctors and 6,000 nurses will need to prove they meet the chosen minimum standard, even if it means further training.
http://www.thenational.ae
Nurse Stands Trial for Helping Woman Abort Foetus
2008-11-03
A 38-year-old Chinese nurse stood trial in the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance on Wednesday for aborting the foetus of a woman with the help of three other compatriots. For More : http://www.khaleejtimes.com/
Overall satisfaction with Dubai healthcare services
2008-11-03
In a survey published today at the Middle East Health Conference, 73% of all respondents said they were satisfied or very satisfied with the quality of healthcare in Dubai. For More: http://www.bi-me.com/
Healthcare tourism becoming a reality as Dubai attracts international
2008-11-03
Healthcare tourism becoming a reality as Dubai attracts international Posted: 03-11-2008 , 07:15 GMT International patients from around the Arab world and Western countries are choosing to come to Dubai for specialist surgical procedures, as word of mouth recommendation spreads. According to the American Hospital Dubai, which is sponsoring and exhibiting at the Healthcare Travel Exhibition & Congress in Dubai, November 2-4, the Total Joint Replacement Center at the hospital treated 550 patients in 2007, 40 per cent of whom came from outside the UAE. The hospital’s Total Joint Replacement Center will treat over 700 patients at the hospital, in 2008. For more : http://www.albawaba.com/
Patients buy organs on black markets
2008-11-03
Estimates from three consultants working in renal and liver departments put the number of patients taking part in illegal transplant tourism at between 30 and 40 per year. Their action is being fuelled by the absence of a national cadaver donation scheme, the consultants told Medical Times. No cadaver transplants have been carried out in the UAE, despite 1993 federal legislation permitting the practice. Only transplants using living donors are currently performed. As a result, patients are travelling to Egypt, India, Pakistan and the Philippines for illegal kidney transplants, and to China for liver transplants, where the organs of executed prisoners are offered for sale. Each pays between $5,000 and $15,000 per organ. Consultants working in UAE hospitals said they see the patients on their return for the treatment of infections and bleeding caused by substandard hygiene and poorly performed surgeries. More : http://www.arabianbusiness.com/
Dubai's Department of Health & Medical Services signs employee ICT proficiency agreement with ICDL GCC Foundation
2008-11-03
The Dubai Government’s Department of Health and Medical Services (DOHMS), the government authority managing Dubai’s healthcare sector, recently signed an IT literacy agreement covering its employees with the ICDL GCC Foundation, the governing body and certification authority of the International Computer Driving License (ICDL) program in the Gulf. Under the terms of the agreement, ICDL GCC will recognize DOHMS as an internally accredited center for ICDL training. The landmark accord was signed by H.E. Khalid Ahmed Al Sheikh Mubarak, Assistant General Director for Administrative and Financial Affairs, DOHMS; and Jamil Ezzo, Director General, ICDL GCC Foundation. For More : http://www.eyeofdubai.com/
United Arab Emirates Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare Report Q3 2008
2008-11-03
The UAE has once again been judged the most attractive market in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, retaining its pole position in BMI’s latest Business Environment Ranking table. While not being the largest in size, the market offers plenty of opportunities for growth. Key draws include increasing public and private wealth fuelled by the oil boom, strong and strengthening healthcare infrastructure, approvals of more medicines, a friendly regulatory environment, the absence of significant local competitors, establishment of comprehensive health insurance and the formation of a common market of the six Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) states. For more : http://www.pr-inside.com/
Daman partners with ICLDC and Emirates Foundation in Diabetes awareness and prevention campaign; Walk UAE 2008
2008-11-03
For the second year running, the National Health Insurance Company Daman, has put its weight behind WALK UAE, the nation's landmark Diabetes awareness event (scheduled for Friday November 28 2008 in Abu Dhabi). More than 10,000 people are expected to take part, up 100% from last year.Daman's CEO Dr Michael Bitzer confirmed that his team was fully behind the initiative organised by Imperial College London Diabetes Centre (ICLDC), in partnership with the Emirates Foundation. For More : http://www.ameinfo.com/
New medical centre in Dubai to scan 5000 applications a day
2008-11-03
Dubai: A 5,000-capacity, one-stop residency medical fitness centre is likely to open within the next few weeks. Officials from the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD) will also have an office at the same centre for speedy processing of employment visas, Gulf News has learnt. The UAE has barred municipality clinics and private medical centres from conducting medical fitness certification tests, required for residency and work visas.  For More : http://www.gulfnews.com/
 
 
 
Dubai Drafts Burn Victims’ Rights Bill
2008-10-27
the Plastic Surgery Society of the Emirates Medical Association is working on the Bill of Rights for the last one year and has invited the chairman of the humanitarian medicine committee of WHO to Dubai on October 26 to discuss the Bill and to take part in the conference being held as part of the Week’s activities....  For More: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/
Why is our first stop for healthcare the airport? by Ihsan al Marzouqi
2008-10-27
We’re starting to hear it almost weekly: another “world-class” clinic has opened, a government hospital obtains accreditation, reforms and changes in the healthcare system are on the way. It seems that the property boom is not limited to commercial and residential offerings. But are any of these healthcare institutions really any good? I have my doubts. And judging by the growing number of UAE nationals seeking treatment abroad, I’m not the only one. Shiny new buildings simply won’t do it.  For More : http://www.thenational.ae/
The City Hospital in Dubai Healthcare City officially opens
2008-10-27
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai officially opened recently the City Hospital - the first multi-disciplinary hospital in Dubai Healthcare City. The City Hospital will provide patients with expertise in a variety of specialist areas that include cardiology and cardiac surgery, dentistry, dermatology, ENT, family medicine, general practice, internal medicine, neurosurgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, endocrinology, vascular surgery ophthalmology, orthopedics, pediatrics and neonatology, pulmonology, plastic surgery, nephrology, anesthesia, gastroenterology, breast surgery, radiology, urology, intensive care unit and emergency department. The City Hospital is managed by EHL Management Services (formerly known as Welcare World Health Systems), a joint venture between the South African private hospital group, Medi-Clinic Corporation, the Dubai based Varkey Group and GE.  For more : http://www.ameinfo.com/
Road accidents number one cause of accidental deaths amongst UAE children
2008-10-27
Ministry of Health data unveiled that road and traffic accidents are the number one cause of childhood death in the UAE ...... Speaking on behalf of the Dubai Health Authority, Dr. Fatima Al Attar, Specialist S.R. Family Physician Head of Community Program Section- PHC, said: 'Overall, 6,146 children in the UAE were involved in different accidents between 2001 and 2007, many of which could have been prevented with proper care from parents and children themselves. Together we hope to give parents the ability to understand what constitutes safe behavior and act in their children's best interest when driving or allowing them to play near roads. The Health Authority of Abu Dhabi also reported in 2007 that the UAE currently has the highest rate of road death in the world, in spite of modern cars, good roads and good driving conditions....  For more : http://www.ameinfo.com/
Sharjah GDP grows 13.2% at Dh 68.4 billion in 2007
2008-10-26
According to Al-Bayan newspaper (October 23, 2008), Mr. Ali bin Salem Al-Mahmoud, General manager of the Sharjah Economic Development Department (SEDD), said that the overall GDP of the emirate of Sharjah amounted to Dh 68.4 billion in 2007, a 13.2% growth as compared to figures of 2006, according to federal statistical data.
Sharjah Teaching Hospital Selects Healthcare Communications Solution from Nortel
2008-10-22
When the new Sharjah Teaching Hospital begins accepting patients in 2009, A clinical-grade healthcare communications solution from Nortel will be used for the diagnosis and treatment, train future healthcare professionals and manage costs. This solution promises to give physicians rapid access when and where they need it to diagnostic information from MRIs, CAT scans, ultrasounds and mammograms. It also promises to help administrators manage hospital and patient costs with access to business and clinical information. The solution for this 210-bed facility will provide a staff of 700 health professionals with both high bandwidth and mobile access to clinical information management systems and diagnostic images. "Under the guidance of His Highness, Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, the objective of the hospital is to provide world-class training facilities for the next generation of health professionals while providing excellent healthcare to the Sharjah community," said Philip Robinson, chief information officer, Sharjah Teaching Hospital. "Nortel technology will allow us to deliver high-quality patient care through faster, more efficient access to information, allowing our doctors to be more responsive to patients' clinical needs through better access to laboratory results and diagnostic images," Robinson said. "Nortel healthcare solutions deliver the advanced unified communications, services and clinical applications to help hospitals deliver safe, timely and patient-centric care," said Ramin Attari, vice president and managing director, Nortel Middle East. "Our solution plays a central role in delivering top quality medical services by empowering staff with communications-enabled clinical support in a highly-responsive and trusted environment." In addition to being a place where patients can expect high-quality care, Sharjah Teaching Hospital will also be a major teaching resource for medical, dental and pharmacy colleges at the University of Sharjah. Located adjacent to the College of Medicine and Health Sciences, its Nortel healthcare communications solution will provide students with secure access to clinical notes, schedules and health information from anywhere on campus, allowing them to study and to participate in various learning experiences regardless of location. Nortel's energy-efficient wired and wireless data networking will also help Sharjah Teaching Hospital manage costs and reduce environmental impact. Third-parties have shown that Nortel's data networking products provide up to 20 times the performance and seven times the resiliency of competitive solutions while consuming up to 40 percent less energy and costing up to 50 percent less to own and operate.
United Arab Emirates Ministry of Health Selects Cerner to Automate Healthcare Processes
2008-10-20
Cerner Millennium solutions will be implemented at 14 hospitals and 60 clinics Patients and clinicians at Ministry of Health (MoH)Ministry of Health (MoH) Ministry of Health - UAE MOH UAE | Government News | Profile | Officers hospitals and clinics in United Arab Emirates (UAE) Northern Emirates soon will benefit from a fundamental change in the way they receive healthcare. MoHMoH Ministry of Health - UAE MOH UAE | Government News | Profile | Officers facilities will be implementing healthcare information technology (HIT) systems from Cerner Corporation (NASADQ: CERN) that are designed to improve patient care and the way doctors and nurses do their jobs. Fourteen hospitals and 60 clinics will implement a suite of Cerner Millennium® solutions to optimize and automate paper-based processes. iCapital, a UAE-based company and consortium lead, will serve as the prime contractor for the implementations. More: http://www.zawya.com/story.cfm/
Integrated healthcare database takes shape
2008-10-20
The UAE has moved closer to implementing a health information database that would be linked through computers across all emirates, giving doctors and nurses electronic access to patient medical records at the touch of a button. This month, the Ministry of Health signed a Dh300 million (US$82m) contract for an electronic records system, called Wareed, in the Northern Emirates. The ministry said it would take three to five years to complete.

Abu Dhabi has already begun developing its own healthcare information system, which is being built by the same group of companies behind Wareed.  Integrated healthcare database takes shape. More: http://www.thenational.ae/article/20081019/NATIONAL/888073696/1010
UAE to build unified health database
2008-10-20
The health authorities of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will build a unified health database in the coming years that will provide physicians and patients with equal access in the Gulf country, local newspaper Khaleej Times reported on Wednesday. The UAE Ministry of Health (MoH) will build the database named Hospital Information System (HIS) in phases, according to the report. HIS will link all 14 MoH hospitals and 68 affiliated clinics across Dubai and the northern Emirates by October 2011 in the first phase, and will include private hospitals at a later stage. "This is a pioneering project ... and is in line with the world's most advanced public healthcare regimes," health minister Humaid Al Quttami was quoted as saying. With HIS, MoH physicians will gain access to patient records after being given a smart card/finger scan or a secure password, while patients can access their records through the ministry's web portal by using a dedicated password. The database will also eliminate the need for patients to visit hospitals frequently as patients and physicians can communicate online through the system. From: http://news.xinhuanet.com/
Healthcare Travel Exhibition to discuss hospital accreditation links to medical tourism
2008-10-20
The role of hospital accreditation in relation to the medical tourism sector will be considered carefully at the Healthcare Travel Exhibition & Congress 2008 to be held November 2-4 in Dubai's Al Bustan Rotana Hotel. Having international accreditation is seen by many as an important asset in any hospital's ability to attract medical tourists. Joint Commission International (JCI) offers hospitals the opportunity to meet American standards. However, Dr. Derick Pasternak, JCI's Middle East Managing Director stated that although a factor, medical tourism isn't a major consideration for healthcare providers looking to become accredited. More: http://www.ameinfo.com/
ETA InfoTech to present cutting edge IT Products & Solutions at GITEX Dubai 2008
2008-10-20
ETA InfoTech, the IT arm of Dubai-based US$ 5.6 billion ETA Ascon Star Group, will showcase for the first time its flagship Products & Solutions in the fields of Healthcare, Education and Banking at Gitex Dubai 2008, running from October 19to 23. ETA InfoTech’s stand at Gitex Dubai 2008 will be located at D6–40 in Hall 6 of Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre, where 12 flagship products of the company will be displayed. ETA InfoTech provides high-end products and solutions in ERP, Banking, Fleet Management & GPS based Tracking, Driving School Management, School and College Management, Content Technology & e-Learning, Business Intelligence, Healthcare, CRM and Video Conferencing ...  More: http://www.eyeofdubai.com/
Child Safety Seats will Become a Must Soon
2008-10-17
Having child safety seats in cars will be mandatory soon and parents who flout this while driving with children would face fines and other penalties, the Roads and Transport Authority said on Thursday. For more: http://www.khaleejtimes.com
Healthcare fees to surge, industry warns
2008-10-17
Medical patients across the Gulf are being hit by increasing healthcare fees as hospitals struggle with higher costs sparked by population growth, inflation and rising staff salaries. For More: http://www.arabianbusiness.com
Road accidents number one cause of accidental deaths amongst UAE children
2008-10-17
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Heart disease strikes earlier in Emirates - The National - Alison McMeans
2008-10-15
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