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Federal Hospital opens new Diabetes Facility

Federal Hospital plays an important role to fight obesity and among children. A one of the UAE’s leading federal hospitals is established to offer services via diabetes clinic specified to children less than fourteen years. The lack of exercise and over-dependence on fast food lead to epidemic obesity affecting up to 26% of children in the UAE, a World Health Organization (WHO) mentions that type 2 diabetes will be noticed routinely among children in the UAE.

According to this data, Al Ain Hospital, cooperating with the Vienna Medical University since June 2007, under the supervision of Abu Dhabi Health Services organization, has decided to offer free diabetes screening to more than 3,000 students from 8 to 14 years old in recognition of the World Diabetes Day on the 14th of November.

In addition to basic general pediatric clinics, the hospital will manage new clinics for diabetes, obesity, asthma, a baby clinic, and treatment of enuresis, for children less than fourteen .Professor Andreas Boeck, Chairman, Child Health Institute at Al Ain Hospital, and Clinical Associate Professor at UAE University explained that “We so far see children under 14 but would like to raise the age gap to 18 as per WHO recommendations. We have introduced all these children clinics to help keep up with our outpatient clinic which receives up to 24 children daily, and inpatient clinic usually receives over 30 children”.

The Child Health Institute mostly receives common medical conditions such as: respiratory diseases, diabetes, obesity, blood disease, accidents and congenital anomalies. According to WHO estimates, the prevalence of obesity among women in the UAE by 2015 is expected to reach 44.6%. From the moment of joining the hospital in 2009, Professor Andreas Boeck has sought to convert the child health institute into a body which walks towards tertiary service. Fundamentally, his role involves motivating and guiding the health care crew to renew their knowledge and awareness of and need for evidence depended medicine in pediatrics.

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