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Takeda to Highlight New Research into the Long-term Complications of Chronic Hypoparathyroidism at the European Congress of Endocrinology 2019 Annual Meeting

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Seven presentations will be shared, including new data on the risks of long-term cardiovascular, renal and infection complications, underlining Takeda’s commitment to further understanding of this rare disease

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE:4502/NYSE:TAK) (“Takeda”) today announced that it will feature 7 presentations, including one oral presentation, at the upcoming European Congress of Endocrinology (ECE) Annual Meeting from May 18-21, 2019 in Lyon, France. The data presentations include findings from new research into the long-term risks of cardiovascular, renal and infection complications that patients with chronic hypoparathyroidism may experience as well as the latest findings from on-going real world and clinical studies, including the Global Burden of Illness Survey and the 6-year RACE study.

Takeda will also sponsor two satellite symposia. The first will focus on the burden of illness in chronic hypoparathyroidism patients with impaired biochemical control and comorbidities associated with the disease (Forum 1 on May 19, 13.45–14.45). The second symposium will present new perspectives in managing not adequately controlled hypoparathyroidism patients (Forum 3 on May 20, 13.45–14.35). Takeda will also have an exhibition booth throughout the congress (Booth #B02).

“The new research we are presenting at ECE 2019 continues to further our understanding of chronic hypoparathyroidism, especially about how long-term complications and symptoms may impact patients living with this rare disease,” explained John Germak M.D., Global Medical Team Lead at Takeda. “The clinical and real-world studies reflect our commitment to advancing our knowledge of chronic hypoparathyroidism and to improving patient care,” he added.

Hypoparathyroidism is a rare endocrine disease that occurs when inadequate levels of parathyroid hormone (PTH) are secreted by the parathyroid glands, resulting in a mineral imbalance in the body expressed by a low concentration of calcium (hypocalcemia) and a high concentration of phosphate (hyperphosphatemia) in the blood.1 Studies have shown that a range of approximately 24–37 in 100,000 patients are affected by hypoparathyroidism.2 In patients who are not adequately controlled, this disease can have a significant impact on patient well-being through a range of physical, cognitive and emotional symptoms, and comorbidities.3,4

Takeda’s presence at this year’s ECE meeting includes the following presentations, which are intended for scientific discussion only:

  • Risk of sepsis, respiratory infections, and kidney or other genitourinary (GU) infections in patients with chronic hypoparathyroidism (HypoPT)4 OC1.4, May 19, 2019, Salle Gratte-Ciel 1+2+3, 12.00 – 13.00
  • Risk of myocardial infarction, stroke and other cardiovascular conditions in patients with chronic hypoparathyroidism: A retrospective cohort5 GP148, May 20, 2019, Exhibition area, 13.00 – 14.00
  • Risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and CKD progression in patients with chronic hypoparathyroidism (HypoPT)6 GP149, May 20, 2019, Exhibition area, 13.00 – 14.00
  • Risk of nephrolithiasis and nephrocalcinosis in patients with chronic hypoparathyroidism (HypoPT)7 GP147, May 20, 2019, Exhibition area, 13.00 – 14.00
  • Impact of chronic hypoparathyroidism on Health-Related Quality of Life: Findings from a 13-country patient survey8 GP25, May 19, 2019, Exhibition area, 13.00 – 14.00
  • Risk of Type 2 diabetes (T2D) in patients with chronic hypoparathyroidism. (HypoPT)9 P1038, May 21, 2019, Exhibition area, 12.30 – 14.30
  • Recombinant human parathyroid hormone 1-84 for the treatment of adults with chronic hypoparathyroidism: Six-year safety and efficacy results of the RACE study10 GP15, May 19, 2019, Exhibition area, 13.00 – 14.00

All abstracts will be available on the ECE website following the meeting.

About Hypoparathyroidism

Chronic hypoparathyroidism is diagnosed in patients with a low concentration of calcium in the blood and inappropriately low PTH levels; for postsurgical hypoparathyroidism, the features of hypoparathyroidism must persist for at least 6 months after surgery to be considered chronic.11,12

About NATPAR®▼(parathyroid hormone) for Injection in Europe

In Europe, the recombinant human parathyroid hormone 1-84 for treatment of adults with chronic HypoPT is approved under the tradename NATPAR®. NATPAR is indicated as adjunctive treatment of adult patients with chronic hypoparathyroidism who cannot be adequately controlled with standard therapy alone.13 Takeda is authorised to market NATPAR in the 28 Member States of the European Union, as well as in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. NATPAR is currently commercially available in Germany, Greece, Austria, Denmark and Norway.

Click here for the full European Product Information: https://www.ema.europa.eu/en/documents/product-information/natpar-epar-product-information_en.pdf

For US Full Prescribing Information, including approved indication and important safety information, please visit: http://www.shirecontent.com/PI/PDFs/Natpara_USA_ENG.pdf

About Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE:4502/NYSE:TAK) is a global, values-based, R&D-driven biopharmaceutical leader headquartered in Japan, committed to bringing Better Health and a Brighter Future to patients by translating science into highly-innovative medicines. Takeda focuses its R&D efforts on four therapeutic areas: Oncology, Gastroenterology (GI), Neuroscience, and Rare Diseases. We also make targeted R&D investments in Plasma-Derived Therapies and Vaccines. We are focusing on developing highly innovative medicines that contribute to making a difference in people’s lives by advancing the frontier of new treatment options and leveraging our enhanced collaborative R&D engine and capabilities to create a robust, modality-diverse pipeline. Our employees are committed to improving quality of life for patients and to working with our partners in health care in approximately 80 countries and regions.

For more information, visit https://www.takeda.com

References

1) Shoback D, Bilezikian JP, Costa AG, et al. Presentation of Hypoparathyroidism: Etiologies and Clinical Features. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2016;101(6):2300–12.

2) Abate EG and Clarke BL. Review of Hypoparathyroidism. Front. Endocrinol. 2016;7:172.

3) Hadker N, Egan J, Sanders J, et al. Understanding the burden of illness associated with hypoparathyroidism reported among patients in the PARADOX study. Endocr Pract. 2014;20(7):671–9.

4) Chen K, Kaul S, Curhan G, et al. Risk of sepsis, respiratory infections, and kidney or other genitourinary (GU) infections in patients with chronic hypoparathyroidism (HypoPT) Oral presentation [OC1.4].

5) Chen K, Kaul S, Curhan G, et al. Risk of Myocardial Infarction (MI), Stroke, and Other Cardiovascular (CV) Conditions in Patients with Chronic Hypoparathyroidism (HypoPT): A Retrospective Cohort Study.

6) Chen K, Gosmanova EO, Curhan G, et al. Risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and CKD progression in patients with chronic hypoparathyroidism (HypoPT).

7) Chen K, Curhan G, Gosmanova EO, et al. Risk of Nephrolithiasis and Nephrocalcinosis in Patients with Chronic Hypoparathyroidism (HypoPT): A Retrospective Cohort Study

8) Bollerslev J, Ennakhil NB, Chen K, et al. Impact of chronic hypoparathyroidism on Health-Related Quality of Life: Findings from a 13-country patient survey.

9) Chen K, Gosmanova EO, Curhan G, et al. Risk of Type 2 diabetes (T2D) in patients with chronic hypoparathyroidism. (HypoPT).

10) Bilezikian JP, Bone H, Clarke BL, et al. Recombinant human parathyroid hormone 1-84 for the treatment of adults with chronic hypoparathyroidism: Six-year safety and efficacy results of the RACE study.

11) Brandi ML, Bilezikian JP, Shoback D, et al. Management of Hypoparathyroidism: Summary Statement and Guidelines. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2016;101(6):2273–83.

12) Bollerslev J, Rejnmark L, Marcocci C, et al. European Society of Endocrinology Clinical Guideline: Treatment of chronic hypoparathyroidism in adults. Eur J Endocrinol. 2015;173:G1–G20.

13) Natpar® Summary of Product Characteristics.

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Hospital offering free personalised consultation to UAE residents before Ramadan

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RAK Hospital provides complimentary visit to the nutritionist in order to guide people on ways to make a smooth and healthy transition to fasting

The month-and-a-half long campaign will take into account pre-, during and post-Ramadan holistic healing

As part of their Ramadan initiative, RAK Hospital has launched a Ramadan campaign, “Eat Right – Eat Light” to guide people on ways to make a smooth and healthy transition to fasting. The hospital is providing free consultation with the nutritionist for UAE residents, starting a week before Ramadan and ending a week after Eid with focus on pre-, during and post-Ramadan holistic healing. While open to everyone, the campaign is particularly beneficial for patients suffering from chronic ailments, such as diabetes and cardiac issues, who will be guided on best ways to fast through the month safely.

The Eat Right – Eat Light campaign aims to guide people on their lifestyle choices during the month of Ramadan and after it ends, with the focus on detoxifying and healing their bodies, keeping in view individual health issues and preferences. For those using the opportunity to lose weight, the consultation will provide advice for maximum weight loss. Besides food, people will also be guided on how to best adjust their sleep timings in order to get maximum sleep. The campaign further focuses on returning to regular routine of diet and exercise post Ramadan, since a sudden change in lifestyle either way can be damaging to health.

In addition, RAK Hospital will be offering tips on healthy lifestyle and habits on their various social platforms throughout the month.

Giving details of the campaign, Ms Ruba ElHourani, Head Dietitian at RAK Hospital, said: “From eating three proper meals a day to going without food and water for long hours can be a challenge if we’re not prepared mentally and physically. Through this consultation, we will teach you how to gear your bodies for proper fasting to get maximum benefit out of it”.

“For example, if we’re used to eating unhealthy food throughout the year, toxins can accumulate in our bodies. For healthy fasting and to help reduce the feeling of exhaustion, it is important to start cleaning the body from these toxins by consuming foods such as yogurt and variety of fruits and vegetables. This is an exercise we should start before the month of Ramadan begins to energise our bodies to stay hungry for longer periods without causing lethargy”.

Dr Raza Siddiqui, CEO of Arabian Healthcare Group and Executive Director at RAK Hospital, commented: “Fasting for an entire month is an ideal opportunity for us to create our health goals. The month of Ramadan is all about holistic healing, and cleansing of our body, mind and soul. This also goes in line with the modern concept of intermittent fasting which is finding a lot of acceptability now. Through this campaign we want to help people detoxify themselves and pave the path to a healthier living”.

“But as we step into the month, we have to be prepared to change our lifestyle. Our food choices, for example, will decide whether we will be eating clean, or unhealthy, high-caloric meals that do more disservice than we can imagine. Similarly, for smokers, this a great time to break the habit as they learn to give up smoking several hours in a row, and if they follow through, they can actually quit by the end of the month. These, and many such benefits, is what the campaign is all about,” added Dr Raza Siddiqui.

An innovative leader among healthcare institutions in northern emirates, RAK Hospital has conducted several CSR initiatives with the aim to educate UAE residents on healthy living and management of chronic ailments.

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Hospital offering free personalised consultation to UAE residents before Ramadan

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  • RAK Hospital provides complimentary visit to the nutritionist in order to guide people on ways to make a smooth and healthy transition to fasting
  • The month-and-a-half long campaign will take into account pre-, during and post-Ramadan holistic healing

As part of their Ramadan initiative, RAK Hospital has launched a Ramadan campaign, “Eat Right – Eat Light” to guide people on ways to make a smooth and healthy transition to fasting. The hospital is providing free consultation with the nutritionist for UAE residents, starting a week before Ramadan and ending a week after Eid with focus on pre-, during and post-Ramadan holistic healing. While open to everyone, the campaign is particularly beneficial for patients suffering from chronic ailments, such as diabetes and cardiac issues, who will be guided on best ways to fast through the month safely.

The Eat Right – Eat Light campaign aims to guide people on their lifestyle choices during the month of Ramadan and after it ends, with the focus on detoxifying and healing their bodies, keeping in view individual health issues and preferences. For those using the opportunity to lose weight, the consultation will provide advice for maximum weight loss. Besides food, people will also be guided on how to best adjust their sleep timings in order to get maximum sleep. The campaign further focuses on returning to regular routine of diet and exercise post Ramadan, since a sudden change in lifestyle either way can be damaging to health.

In addition, RAK Hospital will be offering tips on healthy lifestyle and habits on their various social platforms throughout the month.

Giving details of the campaign, Ms Ruba ElHourani, Head Dietitian at RAK Hospital, said: “From eating three proper meals a day to going without food and water for long hours can be a challenge if we’re not prepared mentally and physically. Through this consultation, we will teach you how to gear your bodies for proper fasting to get maximum benefit out of it”.

“For example, if we’re used to eating unhealthy food throughout the year, toxins can accumulate in our bodies. For healthy fasting and to help reduce the feeling of exhaustion, it is important to start cleaning the body from these toxins by consuming foods such as yogurt and variety of fruits and vegetables. This is an exercise we should start before the month of Ramadan begins to energise our bodies to stay hungry for longer periods without causing lethargy”.

Dr Raza Siddiqui, CEO of Arabian Healthcare Group and Executive Director at RAK Hospital, commented: “Fasting for an entire month is an ideal opportunity for us to create our health goals. The month of Ramadan is all about holistic healing, and cleansing of our body, mind and soul. This also goes in line with the modern concept of intermittent fasting which is finding a lot of acceptability now. Through this campaign we want to help people detoxify themselves and pave the path to a healthier living”.

“But as we step into the month, we have to be prepared to change our lifestyle. Our food choices, for example, will decide whether we will be eating clean, or unhealthy, high-caloric meals that do more disservice than we can imagine. Similarly, for smokers, this a great time to break the habit as they learn to give up smoking several hours in a row, and if they follow through, they can actually quit by the end of the month. These, and many such benefits, is what the campaign is all about,” added Dr Raza Siddiqui.

An innovative leader among healthcare institutions in northern emirates, RAK Hospital has conducted several CSR initiatives with the aim to educate UAE residents on healthy living and management of chronic ailments.

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ZULEKHA HOSPITAL DUBAI PERFORMS EMERGENCY OPEN HEART SURGERY AND SAVES A 38-YEAR-OLD MAN

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Zulekha Hospital saved the life of 38-year-old Alexander Baligad after experiencing severe pain in his chest and numbness in his left arm. Following a coronary angiogram examination, a severe coronary disease in the left main artery and 95 per cent blockage of right artery and a total block of the left anterior descending artery causing Coronary Artery Stenosis was revealed.

According to the World Health Organisation, Cardiovascular Diseases represent 30% of deaths in the UAE. Coronary Artery Stenosis causes thinning of blood vessels within the heart which limits the blood supply, causing the heart to turn blue from lack of oxygen. As there were also signs of severe Ischemia in the left anterior descending artery, meaning the artery was completely blocked and it was critical for the patient to receive a prompt cardiac surgery.

Dr. Mohamed Ahmed Helmy commented: “Due to an ongoing heart condition, the patient was taking Aspirin and Plavix which is used to thin the blood and which makes surgery more complicated due to the higher possibility of bleeding. However, due to the urgent nature of Alexander’s condition, it was decided to go ahead and perform a cardiac procedure to save his life within an hour of his arrival at the hospital.”

A fully experienced dedicated team of staff from nurses to cardiac anaesthetists, intensive care doctors and a cardiac surgery team were available to provide the patient with the best medical care and practice.

Dr. Helmy performed open heart surgery and three bypass grafts to create blood flow to the heart again. The surgery went smoothly and took around five hours to complete. The patient was in intensive care for 48 hours following the surgery and after two days was able to walk around. The patient was discharged on the seventh day and now is instructed to walk 30 minutes daily in order to avoid occurrence of the severe disease.

Baligad commented: “I was very tired while travelling between work and home every day and was experiencing pain in my left arm and chest for over two months. After consulting in multiple hospitals, I was relieved when Zulekha Hospital accepted to treat my condition. The team gave me the confidence and assurance that the blockage can be removed and I can regain a comfortable life without pain.”

“Heart surgery at such a young age can be attributed to a number of factors including family history, genetics or living an unhealthy lifestyle. As you cannot change family history, it is important to make a conscious effort to change unhealthy lifestyle habits by increasing physical activity and eating healthily,” continued Dr. Helmy.

Dr. Helmy added: “With our goal to make the UAE a super hub for critical care in line with the UAE’s vision 2010, we have extended our expertise in comprehensive cardiac treatments under one roof including our new open heart centre in Dubai which is equipped with additional cathlabs and the latest technologies in cardiac care. We continue to provide our patrons with high quality treatments and ensure their speedy recoveries.”

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Luxurious health haven in Swiss mountains creates ‘La Cure Nescens’ for UAE obesity

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 Nescens Clinique de Genolier experts’ tailor-made programme designed to help 27.8% of Emiratis

With more than a quarter of the UAE’s local population suffering from obesity, a luxury Swiss medical centre has launched a bespoke programme specifically tailored to help Emirati people shed weight.

In light of the 2019 UAE National Health Survey, which found that 27.8% of the Emirati population are obese, Nescens Clinique de Genolier has designed the ‘La Cure Nescens’ programme, a unique six-month plan that combines complete medical check-ups with nutritional, behavioural and physical coaching.

Julien Donzel, the Clinic’s Director said: “Excess weight is and always will be a life-threatening condition at the root of several associated medical issues. ‘La Cure Nescens’ is our definitive answer to tackling obesity, providing a healthy and pragmatic approach to weight loss.”

The plan begins with an intensive two-week programme at Nescens Clinique de Genolier, which is nestled high above Lake Geneva and easily accessible by direct flights between Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Geneva.  Patients will undergo nutritional, behavioural and physical coaching at the Clinique, all under the supervision of medical staff.

Professor Jacques Proust, the Clinique’s founder said: “Upon analysing the client’s test results from the first two days of the programme, personalised diet plans are created which will be made specifically to their individual requirements and immediate health needs.

“Physical activities will also be prescribed specifically for each client, while one of our physiotherapists will use the cardiovascular and osteoarticular results to create an exercise programme to dovetail their diet, ensuring maximum results.”

Following the two-week stay at Nescens Clinique de Genolier, clients will have monthly scheduled e-consultations to monitor weight-loss progress, as well as a two-day stay at the Clinique after six months for a final medical follow-up.

“It’s important for us to not only assess the client’s individual biological characteristics to provide a unique plan for weight loss, but to also keep an eye on how they develop over the coming months,” added Proust. “Adjustments to their plans, be it their diet or exercise routine, is a necessity that could have a dramatic impact on the efficiency of the entire programme.”

‘La Cure Nescens’ will also be available to nationals of other GCC countries as Nescens aims to tackle obesity rates across the region.

Offering discreet, bespoke services for short, medium and long-term stays, the Clinic provides preventative and regenerative medicine, genetic screenings, nutrition advice, physical and osteo-articular care, as well as aesthetic medicine and stem cell programmes. Patients can book their stays in residences offering a full range of five-star hotel services.

Middle East visitors can access additional services such as the clinic’s centre of expertise in physiotherapy, sport coaching, stem cell treatments, aesthetic medicine and dental care, all offered in an exclusive setting with first-class services.

Nescens Clinique de Genolier is a specialised medical centre and a precursor in preventative health that manages all lifestyle-related medical conditions. The Clinic will be under the Swiss Medical Network umbrella attending this year’s International Luxury Travel Market segment at the Arabian Travel Market.

Representing over 1400 doctors across 65 clinical specialties, Genolier Patient Services will take part in ILTM Arabia, from 28-29 April in Exhibition Hall 1, Dubai World Trade Centre.

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HH Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid inaugurates Saudi German Hospital in Ajman

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  • The Dhs300 million worth hospital is the 3rd healthcare facility of Saudi German Hospitals Group in the UAE, 10th in the MENA region
  • The hospital is the first phase of expansion, and will later include Centres of Excellence, medical colleges and staff accommodation to become a part of Batterjee Medical City
  • Hospital to offer Cardiac-electrophysiology to diagnose and treat electrical activities of the heart

Diversifying healthcare options for the residents of Ajman and other northern emirates, Saudi German Hospital Group has launched their new Dhs300 million worth healthcare facility in Ajman, their third in the UAE after Dubai and Sharjah. The hospital, which was inaugurated by HH Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid, the Ruler of Ajman and Member of the UAE Supreme Council, is one of the biggest in Ajman, offering top-notch tertiary, primary and critical care. Bringing new and revolutionary technologies and facilities to the residents of northern emirates, the SGH-Ajman is addressing the gap in medical and surgical needs in the emirates.

Covering over 41,000 square meters with plans to expand vertically and horizontally, Saudi German Hospital boasts of 200 inpatient beds, the largest in Ajman, with the infrastructure and capacity to double the number if and when the need arises. The hospital also houses 25 ICU beds, a state-of-the-art Cath Lab – which covers vascular, cerebral and cardiac intervention – 46 OPD clinics, 7 CCU units, 12 PICU and 9 NICU units and a 24/7 Emergency department. The Operation Theatre comprises 4 operations rooms, 6 recovery units, 9 ICU units and 2 isolation rooms. The hospital also offers a wide range of speciality facilities including, Open Heart, Oncology, Neurosurgery, ENT, Maxillo-facial surgery, Obs/Gyn and IVF centers, Laparoscopic and Laser surgeries and trauma management, among others.

SGH-Ajman would also offer Cardiac-electrophysiology to diagnose and treat electrical activities of the heart. Moreover, it is one of the only few hospitals in the UAE to have the capacity to convert private rooms into shared rooms in case of emergencies and with a view of disaster management. Similarly, the large number of beds in ICU ensures that no patient has to wait and all his/her immediate needs are taken care of without delay.

Speaking at the launch press conference, Engr. Sobhi A Batterjee, President and Founder of Saudi German Hospitals Group said: “SGH-Ajman is our 10th hospital in the MENA region, and we look forward to a successful relationship with the residents built on trust, support and community engagement.

This is just the beginning, and in the next few years we plan to develop the Batterjee Medical City, where we plan to build Centres of Excellence, medical colleges and staff accommodation, among other features. This will add further value to Ajman in terms of creating job opportunities and providing the UAE health sector with qualified and highly efficient medical staff. The opening of this hospital brings us one step closer to our aim of constructing 30 world-class hospitals and creating 50,000 jobs in healthcare industry”.

Dr Reem Osman, CEO of Saudi German Hospitals (SGH) Group – UAE, added: “Over the years Saudi German Hospitals Group has developed a reputation of offering state-of-the-art and the best possible healthcare experience to the people across the MENA region. Today, we bring the same international standards to Ajman, particularly in the area of critical care. With SGH-Ajman, we have further strengthened our position as a key player in the UAE’s growing healthcare sector catering to both local as well as foreign patients. Our strategic partnership with German universities is instrumental in maintaining high medical standards, introducing latest procedures and training doctors on the medical trends and innovations”.

Detailing on the working of Saudi German Hospital Group, Mr Makarem Batterjee, Vice-Chairman of MEAHCO said: “Our vision is to become the premier healthcare provider and the employer of choice. To that end, we are committed to providing superior clinical services to all our stakeholders, and constantly introducing innovative technologies and measures. Our hospitals are well-integrated, with the focus on easing our patients’ visits and stay at the hospital. For example, keeping in line with the latest medical practices, all our surgical clinics have direct access to day-surgery facility, where procedure can be done within a day without hospitalisation. This gives cost advantage and convenience to patients, hospitals and insurance companies”.

Mr Sultan Batterjee, CEO, International Hospitals Construction Co. (IHCC) & Vice-President Business Development at SGH Group, commented on the UAE’s medical tourism industry and the rapid growth in the healthcare sector, adding: “The UAE is already attracting medical tourists from across the world and government initiatives are paving way for more traffic. Consequently, we’ve seen extensive expansion and growth in the health sector both in public and private domain. With quality of services at par with the West, we believe that SGH-Ajman will be just as popular with medical tourists as it will be with UAE residents”.

With hospitals in Dubai, Sharjah and now Ajman, Saudi German Hospitals – UAE, is one of the largest private hospitals group in United Arab Emirates by number of hospital beds and number of operating hospitals.

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Burjeel Day Surgery Center brings revolutionary liposuction technology to the GCC

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  • The Waterjet-assisted Liposuction is quicker, more reliable, and offers longer-lasting results with very quick recovery time

Burjeel Day Surgery Center, the largest day surgery centre in the Middle East, is bringing new and innovative technologies to improve the medical services in the region. One such innovation is the Waterjet-Assisted Liposuction and Fat Transfer Device, which is transforming the way liposuction, is performed.

The Waterjet-Assisted Liposuction and Fat Transfer Device is a 2nd generation device, updated with advanced technology. With the help of a fan-shaped, pulsating water beam, the fat is gently separated away from the tissue and evacuated simultaneously. The process leaves the surrounding connective tissue, nerves and vascular structures almost undamaged, keeping the patient safer, with limited bruising and quicker recovery time.

“At Burjeel Day Surgery Centre, we always like to be innovative when it comes to offering advanced technologies and medical services to our patients. We have used this advanced waterjet-assisted technique for liposuction of all the body areas – chin, abdomen, thighs, knees, and more – with great success. We have also used the autologous fat transfer feature for buttocks and breast augmentation, as well as for the volume and rejuvenation of the face and hands,” explains Prof. Dr Alexandros Dionyssopoulos, Plastic Surgeon, Burjeel Day Surgery Center at Reem Island, Abu Dhabi.

The Waterjet-Assisted Liposuction procedure has multiple advantages – it respects the integrity of fat cells, the patient heals faster with less pain and bruising, the process is faster and recovery is quicker, and patient is safer. The final result is also better and more long-lasting, which is what makes this procedure unique and extraordinary.

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A Belarusian medical team visits Al Qassimi Hospital for Women and Children

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A Belarusian medical consultant team consists of 13 consultants visited Al Qassimi Hospital for Women and Children in Sharjah, during which the team provided several consultations and performed open heart surgeries, in addition to holding educational sessions and workshops for hospital’s doctors and nurses.

This visit falls within Visiting Doctors Programme, organized by MOHAP’s Visiting Doctors Office with an aim to enrich the experiences of its staff and benefit from the international expertise to invest it for happiness of the society.

Also, the visit comes as a prelude to the inauguration of comprehensive cardiology services unit at Al Qassimi Hospital for Women and Children.

Enhance Scientific Communication

Dr. Kalthoum Mohammed, Director of Hospitals Administration, said that Visiting Doctors Programme aims at enhancing scientific communication with the best global centres and paving the way for the cooperation and exchange of experiences between the doctors in UAE and visiting doctors. This will contribute to improving the methods of various diseases treatment and keeping pace with the recent developments in the global health arena in an endeavor to have a distinctive and innovative healthcare system in accordance with the best international quality standards and to cope with UAE National Health Strategy 2021 and UAE Centennial 2071, which aim to build a healthy society almost free from diseases enjoying the highest level of healthcare.

she also noted that the utilization of the visiting expertise occupies an advanced position in the priorities of the Ministry of Health and Prevention in order to further reinforce the healthcare sector.

Dr. Ahmed Al-Kamaly, pediatric consultant and Head of Pediatric Cardiology at Al Qassimi Hospital for Women and Children, said, upon receiving the visiting team, that Al Qassimi Hospital is considered the only tertiary care hospital that provides multi-specialties in Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology and witnesses a good number of pregnancies.

The hospital, also, provides care services for the children who are born with congenital heart disease in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), in addition to the Emergency Unit, Communicable Diseases, Endocrine, Child Psychiatry, Chest Diseases, Diseases of Digestive System, Kidney Diseases and other specialties.

He further added that the visits of worldwide doctors pour in the interest of the patients, noting that Al Qassimi Hospital is one of the best Health care hospitals and a distinguished national centre as well, where treatment of cardiovascular diseases in children are particularly provided. The hospital is also considered an ideal place for establishing a centre of excellence in pediatric cardiology in UAE and Middle East and it could be a role model for cardiac care for children across the region.

Future Plans  

The visiting team expressed happiness for cooperation with Al Qassimi Hospital for Women and Children. They also hailed the outcome of the visit, during which they shared experiences with hospital’s doctors, besides a number of open heart operations have been performed.

The team commended the diverse and distinctive experiences of hospital’s doctors and their capability of handling the emergency and critical cases, in particular that Al Qassimi Hospital comprises a large number of skilled physicians in cardiovascular diseases in children.

At the end of the visit, the Belarusian team expressed their admiration for the new technologies and treatment methods adopted by Al Qassimi Hospital.

 

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Fakih IVF Fertility Center Marches In Support Of Education

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  • One of the leading healthcare facilities joins hands for Dubai Cares’ Walk for Education

Medical representatives and members of the management and staff from Fakih IVF Fertility Center walked in solidarity with millions of children, in support of education in developing countries. The 3-km walk was organised by Dubai Cares, which brought to focus the challenges faced by children all over the world in acquiring quality education.

“Fakih IVF has always been committed to advancing the healthcare landscape in the UAE, and we consider it equally important to contribute to worthwhile initiatives that translate the vision of our wise leadership into action. Our participation at the walkathon is an effort to drive Dubai closer to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, as well as support the creation of an inclusive society, which not only offers quality education, but fosters equal learning for opportunities for all,” said Dr Michael Fakih, Medical Director of Fakih IVF Fertility Center.

It has been noted that education remains an isolated right for several children around the world, the key factors being inequality and marginalization. Studies indicate that more than 260 million children around the world are out of school, and others who have access to education walk miles to reach their destination. The Dubai Cares’ Walk for Education is an effort to shed light on the magnitude of this problem, as well as tackle the global learning crisis through strategic deliverables.

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NMC Health to Support the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019

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  • NMC will provide more than 7,500 athletes with health check-ups

NMC Health, the UAE’s leading healthcare facility, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Local Organizing Committee for the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019. NMC will support the games on March 14th-21st in line with its goal of providing quality healthcare to people around the world.

Based on its commitment to empowering people of determination, NMC will provide health check-ups to more than 7,500 athletes participating in the World Games. The games will boost the self-confidence of people of determination by encouraging them to develop their abilities.

Prasanth Manghat, CEO and Executive Director of NMC Health, said that NMC welcomed the opportunity to partner with the World Games Abu Dhabi. Pointing out that the UAE has the best infrastructure, talent and airline connectivity, he explained that the Games would help to position the country as a hub for medical tourism.

The UAE will welcome more than 7,500 athletes from 192 countries at the largest sports and humanitarian event in the world this year. The Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 is consistent with the nation’s vision for a unified, inclusive society and its plan to extend opportunities to people of determination.

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