Monthly Archives: April 2011

Abu Dhabi Hosts The Second Clinical Update in Hematology by SKMC

SKMCThe Second Clinical Update in Hematology is organized by the Medicine Institute at (SKMC) on 28 April 2011 at the Crown Plaza Hotel, Abu Dhabi. Dr. Jorgen Kristensen, Consultant Hematologist at SKMC is leading the symposium and the division of Hematology of SKMC.

A wide range of topics and updates in the field of hematology will be discussed by the speakers, such as management of acute leukemia, applications of flow cytometry, transfusion safety, immune thrombocytopenia, spinal fluid in hematology, neutropenia, indications and usage of molecular diagnostics, heparin induced thrombocytopenia, investigation of abnormal coagulation profile and prevention of hospital acquired Venous Thromboembolism (VTE).

Dr. Atul Mehta, Chief Medical Officer at SKMC, believes that this meeting stresses the SKMC role as a provider of comprehensive state-of-the-art patient care services, and as an active promoter of continuous medical education (CME) and oncology and hematology services in Abu Dhabi. He said “SKMC is excelling in its oncology and hematology services employing highly skilled and compassionate medical staff and clinical team using a multidisciplinary team approach to provide the most advanced diagnostic procedures and treatments available today in a patient-family centered approach”.

“The divisions of Hematology and Oncology offer comprehensive management and treatment of inpatients as well as outpatients in the clinic and in the outpatient infusion center. The Adult Hematology provides comprehensive workup and treatment of both benign and malignant blood disorders including an Anticoagulation Clinic to assist physicians in optimizing the safety and efficacy of anticoagulation therapy. We have access to the most modern and updated treatment regimens including chemotherapy, targeted therapies as well as radio immunotherapy” said Dr. Mohammad Noshi, Acting Chairman of SKMC’s Medicine Institute.

Dr. Jorgen Kristensen, symposium organizer added, “At the Infusion Center and the Oncology and Hematology Divisions of SKMC, we offer chemotherapy, targeted therapies, transfusion of blood products, various infusion therapies including biological agents and bisphosphonate, and other related services for patients with thalassemia, sickle cell disease or other hemoglobinopathies, therapeutic phlebotomy, central line catheter care, therapeutic plasma exchange, blood exchange transfusion and procedures like lumbar puncture”.

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SKMC’ Clinics will Extend the Opening Hours in Abu Dhabi

SEHASheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) in Abu Dhabi announced that its six Family Medicine Clinics (FMC) will extend their opening hours starting from 1st May 2011. Abu Dhabi Health Services Company PJSC (SEHA) is the owner and operator of SKMC and it is responsible for the curative activities of all the public hospitals and clinics in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

An access to high quality medical care will be provided by SKMC in convenient locations during convenient hours. Dr. Tej Maini, CEO of SKMC said “We are pleased to announce that we have extended the opening hours of our clinics. Our objective is to improve the delivery of health services more conveniently to the population of Abu Dhabi. It is part of SKMC’s overall strategy to improve its entire healthcare delivery network, and provide quality healthcare services to the community at all times”.

He added “We are matching the hours of operation to when the demand is high for services. Therefore, five clinics will be open from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm five days a week while Al Mushrif will open from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm during weekdays. Al Bateen will also open on Saturdays. SKMC and SEHA strive to exceed the community’s expectations for comfort and convenience; and the new working hours will allow us to use our resources more efficiently for the convenience of patients requiring medical care and follow up in Abu Dhabi“.

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New Psychiatric Hospital to be Finished soon in Diwaniya

DiwaniyaOn Monday, the head of the Engineering Department in the Qadisiya Health service announced that a new psychiatric hospital in Diwaniya is being established. Qasim Sawadi told AKnews that the Laredo General Contracting Company builds the two-storey hospital. “This hospital is being built to address mental illness in the province. The building is made up of two floors that include halls of residence for the doctors, a radiology department, laboratories and administrative offices” He said.

Sawadi explained that about 3% of the work is completed including sports facilities, life-skill workshops and extensive gardens, designed to raise the psychological comfort and rehabilitation of future patients. He added “The hospital will become a center for psychological disorders for the eastern and southern Euphrates provinces. Diwaniya will become a center to receive patients and provide job opportunities for the people of the province”.

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Worries about Health Insurance Scheme among Expatriates in kuwait

KuwaitExpatriates in Kuwait will receive treatment in 3 separate hospitals and 15 clinics after paying KD 130 yearly instead of the current KD 50 through the proposed health insurance scheme. According to the proposed scheme, families will receive discounts that will cover lab and X-ray examination, as well as medical checkup. Al-Rai daily reported that the financial implications of the health insurance scheme make expatriates worry due to the increase in prices of foodstuffs, fees at the private schools, rent and other miscellaneous expenses.

Although some expatriates called for a system that will allow payment of the KD 130 in installments, few people said they would resort to treatment at the pharmacy if the plan is put to effect. “The only solution is to send his family back to their home country because he couldn’t afford paying KD 420 for health insurance each year” said Ahmad Hussein, an engineer with wife and 3 children. Mamduh Sharqawi mentioned “the decision as injustice against expatriates, particularly those with families and others that rarely visit the hospitals. The KD 50 scheme should remain in use, even if additional fees would be levied on those going for treatment in the hospitals”.

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Tooth Sensitivity will soon be Cured by GlaxoSmithKline

GSKGlaxoSmithKline (GSK)– a provider of the latest advances in medical technology- will help treating tooth sensitivity, a common problem affecting 1 out of 3 people globally. GlaxoSmithKline is a leading manufacturer of toothpaste including desensitizing product Sesnsodyne.  According to GSK, most of the solutions available today are stressing on providing treatment for hypersensitivity. In the same time, the new improvements in this technology mean that future products created to treat this condition can also ‘repair’ the sensitive teeth.

Sensitive teeth develop when the soft, inner core of the teeth becomes exposed. Abrasion from tooth-brushing, acid erosion which dissolves the enamel or tooth grinding are some of the factors leading to sensitivity. Changes in temperature follow the core exposure are developed by hot and cold foods and drinks. Then the fluid in the tiny exposed pores to expand and contract. So that the nerve can be irritated causing the pain and discomfort of sensitive teeth.

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New Investments in Healthcare Sector in Oman with Starcare Health Systems

OmanNext Saturday, about RO15 million will be invested to improve healthcare services in Oman in the next couple of years by Starcare Health Systems Ltd. 150-bed hospital along with ten polyclinics and a chain of 15 pharmacies will be included in the plan hoping to make Omanis and expatriates less dependent on hospitals abroad.

Dr Sadik Kodakat, chairman at the Starcare Hospital, answered when asked about the reason behind the investment “We have done a feasibility study of the healthcare sector in Oman. The study showed that while there are enough medical centers in the country and the outpatient care is quite good, there is a need to improve the inpatient care”.

Primary and secondary care in all categories will be provided through the 50-bed hospital in certain regions. The hospital will also contain an intensive care unit, three operating theatres, maternity ward and 24-hour pharmacy. Kodakat added “We look to set new benchmarks in the private healthcare sector combining legendary Omani hospitality with Western quality control, all at affordable cost”. In the next two-to-four years, another hospital in the Seeb area will be built by the company, according to Vidya Rani, senior manager business development at Starcare Hospital.

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Qmatic Cooperates with Rashid Hospital to Improve Outpatient Department

DubaiNew cooperation is taking place between Qmatic, the world’s leading queue management company and the inventor of Customer Flow Management (CFM), and Rashid Hospital in Dubai. This partnership aims to improve the hospital’s Outpatient Department (OPD) clinic efficiencies and provide effective information for better resource planning. Rashid Hospital, one of the hospitals under the Department of Health Authority and it is one of the region’s oldest and leading healthcare facilities.

Outpatient clinics are involved in the hospital and offer services to national and expatriate residents of Dubai and some referred from other Emirates. Most of these clinics are separated because UAE nationals attend morning clinics and expatriates are offered the service in the afternoon. The vitality of any healthcare organization requires continuous performance and process improvements to provide lower cost services. Qmatic through this partnership and 27 years of experience within the healthcare sector tries to develop Rashid Hospital’s OPD clinic efficiencies.

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HIV Spreading is Limited in the Middle East and North Africa

DohaLaith Abu-Raddad, Ph.D., assistant professor of public health in Doha said that the Middle East and North Africa are the lowest areas in HIV spreading. “We now have a comprehensive view of the status of the epidemic across different population groups and the various countries of the region” Abu-Raddad said. A seven-year study led by Abu-Raddad and published last year provides the information about the rate of transmission of HIV/AIDS in the MENA region. This published report was titled “Time for Strategic Action” and was released by the World Bank in collaboration with UNAIDS and the World Health Organization.

Abu-Raddad added “While HIV transmission is limited in the general MENA population, substantial epidemics have emerged in certain high-risk groups: injecting drug users (IDUs), men who have sex with men (MSM), and, to a lesser extent, female sex workers (FSWs) and their clients. Based on the research, policy efforts in MENA should focus HIV response among risk groups, rather than the general population where spread of the disease is very limited”. He finally concluded “Because the epidemic is just beginning in the high risk groups, there is still a window of opportunity to address it before it grows steeply”.

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Shifa Charity Organization Will Open the First Medical Charity Center in Makkah

CharityOn Tuesday night, the first medical charity center will be launched by Minister of Social Affairs Yousuf Al-Othaimeen in Makkah in order to serve poor people suffering from chronic diseases.This center belongs to the Shifa charity organization.

Dr. Khalid Taib, chairman of Shifa, thanked the minister for attending the opening ceremony which presents a huge progress in the charity and volunteering sectors. He said “Many poor patients need care and attention. They need support and financial aid and it is for this reason we started this initiative. A major section is for diabetic patients which work on providing awareness programs and different treatments that could reduce the side effects of diabetes. It also provides medicines and medical equipment. It has a number of clinics devoted to children, youths and the elderly and introduces them to medical and diet programs”.

Specialists provide special care to the feet of diabetics to ensure there is no need for amputations, which combine increasing complications. There are also regular eye, heart and blood pressure checkups for diabetics in the center. Taib explained that there is a rehabilitation center for children and the elderly equipped with different sports machines to help strengthen muscles.

Treating several illnesses units like the joints, rheumatology and osteoporosis are involved in the center in addition to an available dental clinic. A specialized section for training and organizing medical seminars and research is included in addition to a charity pharmacy and laboratory.

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14 Health Projects to be Opened in Makkah

MakkahAn official statement said the 14 health projects will be established in Taif on Sunday by Makkah Governor Prince Khaled Al-Faisal. Hospitals and health centers costing SR60 million will be included in the projects.

Also, King Faisal Hospital and the Maternity and Children’s Hospital in the summer resort, which has more than 900 beds, will be examined by Prince Khaled. The statement said “The governor will launch the 50-bed Dhalam Public Hospital, and seven primary healthcare centers in Aburaka, Ateef, Sahan, Banisaad, Dhalam, Basal, Hawiya and Meesan”.

On the other hand, King Abdul Aziz Specialist Hospital will contain new medical warehouse, an artificial organs department and educational and administrative buildings. “The government’s support to strengthen health services in the city and its suburban areas” said Dr. Abdul Rahman Al-Karkaman, director of health in Taif.

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