16 July 2019 Abu Dhabi – UAE: National Reference Laboratory (NRL), part of Mubadala’s network of world-class healthcare providers, today announced that it has signed a Laboratory Referral Services Agreement with United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical) Group, one of Abu Dhabi’s leading private healthcare operators.

NRL will become the exclusive provider of referral laboratory testing to all facilities of the UEMedical healthcare network in the UAE, including its flagship hospital Danat Al Emarat for Women & Children, HealthPlus Network of Specialty Centers, HealthPlus Fertility Centers and Moorfields Eye Hospital Abu Dhabi. Patients of UEMedical network will benefit from NRL’s high-quality standards, specialized logistics solutions and comprehensive menu of more than 4,700 tests, one of the largest test menus globally thanks to NRL’s partnership with LabCorp, the world’s leading diagnostics company.

Abdulla Abdul Aziz Al Shamsi, Head of Mubadala Healthcare, said: “Mubadala has built a network of world-class healthcare providers and we are continuously looking for opportunities to partner with private healthcare providers. This partnership allows us to deliver better results and outcomes for the patients, to provide unified laboratory services across all healthcare facilities of UEMedical, and, ultimately, to have a positive impact on the healthcare sector across the country and the region.”

Commenting on the collaboration, Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa Al Hammadi, CEO & Managing Director of UEMedical, said: “As one of the emirate’s leading healthcare providers, our partnership NRL, one of the most experienced providers of laboratory solutions in the region, will complement our group laboratory department with additional services and improved deliverables. NRL’s expertise will be very well received by our network of physicians and patients, who are eager to gain access to best-in-class laboratory referral services. This collaboration will help us make another significant stride towards achieving our goals to provide the highest levels of care to the residents of the UAE and support the nation’s healthcare transition to innovative, patient-centric services.”

Patient samples from all of UEMedical’s facilities across the UAE will now be exclusively handled by NRL and tested either in-country by NRL or by LabCorp in the USA.

Abdul Hamid Oubeisi, Chief Executive Officer of NRL, added: “We are very pleased that UEMedical has agreed to partner exclusively with NRL for laboratory referral services. This new partnership further demonstrates the trust that healthcare providers place in our services and quality. We look forward to providing UEMedical’s facilities with advanced, best-in-class laboratory diagnostic services across a wide range of disciplines, ensuring optimum and seamless treatment journeys for all their patients.”

Majd Abu Zant, Chief Operating Officer of UEMedical said, “Across our different facilities in the UAE, we serve over 200,000 patients who will be benefiting from our collaboration with NRL offering now the full spectrum of laboratory tests complementing the performed tests in our in-house laboratory. We are indeed joining hands today to deliver high end diagnostic services to the community of Abu Dhabi and beyond.”

NRL’s robust logistics solutions will guarantee sample integrity and timely sample transport from UEMedical’s facilities across the UAE, and will deliver reliable and fast test results. Additionally, best-practice connectivity solutions, including a web-portal and a two-way real-time interface between NRL’s Laboratory Information System and the Electronic Medical Records (EMR) of UEMedical, will ensure an accurate and efficient process for test ordering and results delivery. This paper-less system will help reduce the risk of human error and work duplication, and will greatly enhance quality and patient outcomes. Via the interface connection, physicians will be able to access and order from NRL’s comprehensive test menu 24/7. Laboratory results will be reported in real-time and automatically stored in each patient’s unique EMR.

NRL operates the largest network of laboratories in the Middle East accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), widely recognized globally as the leading accreditation body for clinical laboratories. Its network of laboratories in the UAE encompasses a total of 10 facilities, including two reference laboratories owned by NRL and 8 on-site laboratories managed by NRL on behalf of its hospital or medical center clients. In addition, NRL offers referral testing services to a host of clients in the country and the region.

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19 June 2019 – Abu Dhabi: In collaboration with the Department of Health Abu Dhabi (DOH), the 2nd Primary Care Conference was held today at at St. Regis Hotel Corniche, with more than 150 physicians, nurses, pharmacists and specialists in primary care and family medicine participating. The conference was organized by United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical), represented by Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children, HealthPlus Network of Specialty Centers and Moorfields Eye Hospital Abu Dhabi, and supported by Abu Dhabi Health Data Services (Malaffi).

H.E. Mohamed Hamad Al Hameli, Undersecretary of Department of Health (DOH) emphasized on the importance of primary care services which are considered the main entry towards healthcare services. Primary care plays a vital role in the healthcare delivery system, dealing with the majority of cases before the need for specialized care.

Mr. Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa Al Hammadi, CEO and Managing Director of UEMedical in Abu Dhabi said that primary care centers can deal with 70 to 80% of the cases, which shows the importance of these centers in the healthcare sector which helps in decreasing the pressure on hospitals and specialized clinics.

“In line with DOH’s vision and our group’s vision, we have placed a special focus on primary care with the opening of a network of primary care centers in Abu Dhabi under the name of HealthPlus Family Health Centers, and we managed to get our different facilities licensed as primary care centers, embedding family medicine specialty in our facilities. Patients that require specialized treatments would be referred to specialized centers within our group and to Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children in Abu Dhabi,” said Mr. Al Shorafa Al Hammadi.

The one-day conference included 12 different presentations on the latest technologies in primary care and treatment using telemedicine in this sector.

Mr. Neil Clark, Acting Director, Investment and Capacity Management Division at Department of Health Abu Dhabi talked about Abu Dhabi’s journey to establish a strategy for primary care, in which he showcased primary care services in Abu Dhabi. He also clarified that there’s a specialized committee for primary care in Abu Dhabi which consists of members of a number of hospitals and family medicine physicians, who work continuously to improve strategies for primary care.

Dr. Samina Ahmed, Chairperson of the Conference, Family Medicine Consultant and Medical Director at HealthPlus Family Centers presented a lecture about the primary care model inAbu Dhabi. She said that international studies show that 75 to 85% of the cases can be treated in primary care centers, and commitment towards this will limit the pressure on emergency departments and specialized clinics in hospitals. This could be achieved by awareness programs and educating the community about the importance and benefits of going to primary care and family medicine physicians as a first step.

Dr. Yousif Alzaabi, Unit Head, Foresight – Strategy at Department of Health Abu Dhabi talked about digital health transformation and telehealth, what are the current trends and what are we on the lookout for. He said, “by having a human-centric approach and a future-oriented thinking, the Department of Health is making huge strides in the digital health domain and taking bold actions to accelerate the adoption of emerging technologies in the digital health realm.

Mr. Erik Koornneef, Vice President, Policy and Compliance, Abu Dhabi Health Data Services “Malaffi” presented a lecture about the importance of Malaffi, which is the first Health Information Exchange in the Middle East, part of the DOH’s strategic priorities, and is a key component in the digital transformation of the healthcare system in Abu Dhabi. He said, “Malaffi will facilitate the meaningful real-time exchange of health information between healthcare providers, healthcare professionals and government authorities across Abu Dhabi. By providing instant access to the patient’s medical history, Malaffi will empower primary care clinicians to coordinate the patient care more effectively and help to increase the quality of care for the patients in Abu Dhabi.”

“A study in Finland found a 16.4% decrease in the number of radiology examinations and an increase in primary care referrals to special care by 43.6% over a five-year period.” Mr. Erik added.

Dr. Mariam Al Wahede, Head of Cardiovascular Department at Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre which follows Department of Health Abu Dhabi talked about the role of primary care in general health, especially in the preventive medicine, emphasizing on the importance of intervention before any medical problems happen, through avoiding risk factors like smoking, obesity and unhealthy diet, and screening programs for early detection of diseases and treatment at the right time to avoid complications. She also said that the Department of Health emphasizes on the quality of medical services and how accessible it is, as well as public health through initiating awareness campaigns to reduce the incidence of cardiovascular diseases and chronic diseases, pointing out that heart diseases are the reason behind the largest percentage of deaths in Abu Dhabi.

Dr. Abdul Razzak Alkaddour, Cardiology and Internal Medicine Consultant at Danat Al Emarat Hospital in Abu Dhabi presented a talk about healthy heart in primary care. During the lecture, he talked about what should a general practitioner know about risk factors connected to heart diseases, like heart attacks and myocardial infarction. These factors include diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, obesity and stress. Early detection of these diseases and treating them at the right time prevents complications and heart diseases, especially heart attacks, pointing out that studies shows that35% of the population suffer from high blood pressure (the silent killer).

“Latest scientific researches show that patients with diabetes and high blood pressure who are also smokers are 50% prone to suffer from heart attacks in comparison to healthy people. Also, more than 40% of diabetics are not diagnosed and they don’t even know that they have the disease. Diagnosing these cases at primary care centers can limit complications of diabetes drastically, as patients would receive treatment in early stages,”” Dr. Abdul Razzak added.

Moreover, the conference hosted Dr. Federica Vagnarelli, Pediatrics and Neonatology Specialist at Danat Al Emarat Hospital who talked about diagnosing and treating chronic cough in children, and Ms. Virginie Mebarek, Clinical Psychologist at HealthPlus Diabetes and Endocrinology Center who presented a paper about mental eating disorders. Moreover, Dr. Igor Kozak, Ophthalmology Consultant at Moorfields Eye Hospital Abu Dhabi spoke about diagnosing and treating red eye. Dr. Neha Gami, Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialist at HealthPlus Family Health Center presented spoke about preventive screening for women, while Dr. Cathy Jones, Obstetrics & Gynecology Consultant at Danat Al Emarat Hospital talked about assessing and managing urinary incontinence in primary care. Finally, Ms. Ola Mezher, Dietitian at HealthPlus Centers talked about the role of lifestyle interventions in obesity care and management.

The conference was accredited by Department of Health for 7 CME hours and was organized by Medetarian Conferences Organizing (MCO).

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8 June 2019, Abu Dhabi – UAE: Abu Dhabi will host the 2nd Primary Care Conference organized by United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical) Group including Danat Al Emarat Hospital, HealthPlus Network of Specialty Centers and Moorfields Eye Hospital on 19 June 2019 at St. Regis Abu Dhabi Hotel, Corniche. The conference is in collaboration with Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DOH) and hosts expert speakers in primary care and family medicine from DOH, UEMedical and Malaffi.

H.E Mohamed Hamad Al Hameli, Undersecretary of Department of Health – Abu Dhabi emphasized on the importance of this conference which is considered an important platform to raise awareness on Abu Dhabi’s health sector specifically the primary care model and regulations.

Mr. Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa Al Hammadi, CEO and Managing Director of UEMedical in Abu Dhabi said, “Improvements in performance levels in primary care centers are contributing in relieving the pressure on specialized centers and hospitals as now larger numbers of patients are receiving treatment at primary care centers, where more focus is placed on Family Medicine. There is a shift in the behavior as previously patients used to visit directly tertiary hospitals and emergency departments for simple symptoms and diseases. We are also proud to witness the growing number of Emirati family medicine physicians. And as a result, our group has placed special focus on primary care in all our different facilities, and have recently launched an additional family and primary care center in Khalifa City, an addition to our HealthPlus Network of Centers all around Abu Dhabi and the region.”

The Primary Care Conference is bringing key leaders in primary care to discuss collaboratively the latest in the field and provide the participants with glimpses into Abu Dhabi’s journey towards primary care strategy which will be delivered by Mr. Neil Clark, Acting Director of Investment and Capacity Management Division. Moreover, the conference hosts Dr. Shereena Al Mazrouei, Department Manager of Non-Communicable Diseases at DOH who will speak about primary care from a public health prospective as well as Dr. Yousif Al Zaabi, Senior Officer Public Health who will be presenting about telemedicine.

From Abu Dhabi Health Information Exchange “Malaffi”, Mr. Erick Koornneef, Vice President Policy and Compliance will share with the participants the benefits of the new Malaffi system which was launched earlier this year.

Accredited for 7 CME Hours, the one-day conference is chaired by Dr. Samina Ahmad, Family Medicine Consultant at HealthPlus Family Centers and Head of Primary Care in UEMedical who will present an overview on the primary care developing model in Abu Dhabi from a provider perspective. In his session, Dr. Abdul Razzak Alkaddour, Cardiology Consultant at Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children in Abu Dhabi will be talking about heart health in primary care, while Dr. Federica Vagnarelli, Pediatrics & Neonatology Specialist at Danat Al Emarat Hospital will be talking about diagnosing and treating chronic cough in children, and Ms. Virginie Mebarek, Clinical Psychologist at HealthPlus Diabetes & Endocrinology Center will be discussing eating disorders. Moreover, Dr. Igor Kozak, Ophthalmology Consultant at Moorfields Eye Hospital Abu Dhabi will be discussing red eye symptoms and treatment, and Dr. Neha Gami, Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialist at HealthPlus Family Center will deliver a presentation about preventive screenings and tests for women. In addition, Dr. Cathy Jones, Obstetrics & Gynecology Consultant at Danat Al Emarat Hospital will be talking about assessing and managing urinary incontinence in primary care. Lastly, Ms. Ola Mezher, Dietitian from HealthPlus Network of Specialty Centers will be talking about the role of lifestyle interventions in obesity care and management, a topic that is vital to primary care providers.

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4 June 2019: Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children in Abu Dhabi farewelled the Holy Month of Ramadan with the birth of 11 newborns – 6  girls and 5 boys; and have welcomed 3 newborns during the first few hours of Eid Al Fitr.

The hospital also welcomed 427 newborns during the Holy Month of Ramadan, of which 195 were Emiratis, and 14 twins. Of the total, 196 were girls, and 231 were boys. With that, the total number of newborns delivered at Danat Al Emarat Hospital in Abu Dhabi has reached 13,065 since the opening of the hospital on October 2015.

Danat Al Emarat Hospital has welcomed its first newborn for Mr. Ahmed Mahmoud Zahid from Afghanistan and Mrs. Ayesha Abdullatif Al Butaih, Emirati, after 40 minutes of first day of Eid Al Fitr. The father, 27 years old, said, “my wife due date was on 17 June, but with Allah’s will she started having labor symptoms on last day of Ramadan and here we are now celebrating the birth of our second child, at 12:40 am of the first day of Eid Al Fitr. We have named him Mohammed and he weighed 3.5 Kg. Baby Mohammed and my wife are in good health thanks to Allah. His sister Mahra has been waiting for him, and our celebration today is doubled with his birth and Eid. Thanks to Danat Al Emarat team for the care they have been providing my wife and both children. From here I would like to congratulate UAE leaders, government and the people of UAE and the Islamic nation on Eid Al Fitr.”

The second baby was born at Danat Al Emarat Hospital few minutes before Eid Al Fitr prayer for the family of Mr. Musallam Salem Bin Amro, Emirati. The father said, “She is our first child, and we named her Salama. She weighs 2.7 KG and is in good health thanks to Allah. Having her born today has doubled our joy as we all celebrate the first day of Eid Al Fitr. The baby and her mother are in good health. We were expecting her in 10 days, but with Allah’s will she has joined our Eid celebrations today before Eid prayers. I would like to congratulate our leaders, government and nation on this blessed occasion of Eid Al Fitr.”

Mariano Gonzalez, CEO of Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women and Children, part of United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical) said, “Including our Eid babies born at the hospital during the early hours of Eid, a total of 13,065 babies have been born at our hospital since our first baby born on 28 October 2015. Amongst the total number of births, we had 6776 boys and 6289 girls. All these precious bundles of joy were managed by our team of over 200 obstetricians, pediatricians, neonatologists, midwives and nurses. We expect to welcome another 7 babies by end of today. From here, we would like to congratulate the UAE’s leadership, government and people on Eid Al Fitr.”

The hospital distributed flowers and gifts for all patients and children who are spending Eid Al Fitr at the hospital.

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14 April 2019, Abu Dhabi – UAE: Al Khwarizmi International College has signed a cooperation agreement with Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women and Children in Abu Dhabi, part of United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical), aiming to accept the students of Al Khwarizmi College to be trained at the hospital’s different departments, in addition to cooperating in joint training programs, scientific conferences and research.

The agreement was signed by Dr. Assem Al Haj, President of Al Khwarizmi International College and Mr. Mariano Gonzalez, Chief Executive Officer of Danat Al Emarat Hospital, in the presence of a number of senior leaders from both parties.

Mr. Mariano Gonzalez stated, “We are keen to collaborate with educational organizations and support their curriculums by training their students and preparing them for the working environment. Our laboratory department will be home for their medical laboratory bachelor degree students under the supervision of our pathologists and the college faculty, where we will ensure the high competencies of the students upon the completion of their training.”

“With the multiple international affiliations and partnerships which we have at Danat Al Emarat, we are committed to join forces with medical schools in the Emirate and help transfer knowledge and prepare the upcoming generation for the working environment,” Mr. Gonzalez added.

Dr. Assem Al-Haj stressed on the importance of this agreement, which opens wide horizons for a fruitful cooperation between Al Khawarizmi and Danat Al Emarat, especially in the field of training and recruitment of students at Danat Al Emarat Hospital, which is considered as one of the leading institutions in the health sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. “Through the partnership, we aim to enhance the efficiency and capabilities of our students which our faculty places amongst our top priorities through delivering high quality education,” Dr. Al-Haj added.

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29 March 2019: The 2nd International Obstetrics, Gynecology and Fertility Conference organized by Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children and HealthPlus Fertility Centers, part of United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical) Group in Abu Dhabi, recommended in its last day on Friday to train physicians to provide accurate reading and interpretation of fetus ultrasound imaging (sonography) during pregnancy and to refer the patient to Fetal Medicine Specialists in a timely manner.

Dr. Sadoon Sami Sadoon, Chairperson of the Conference, Obstetrics & Gynecology Consultant and Medical Director of Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children in Abu Dhabi said that the conference showed the importance of limiting cesarean sections and not to use it unless medically required, utilizing all possible opportunities for a normal delivery, taking into consideration the safety of the fetus and the mother.

Dr. Sadoon also stated that one of the conference recommendations is to avoid pregnancy for 18 to 24 months after a cesarean section to avoid complications such as Caesarean Scar Ectopic Pregnancy or miscarriages.

Dr. Walid Sayed, Fertility & Reproductive Endocrinology (IVF) Consultant and Group Medical Director at HealthPlus Fertility Centers in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, said “the new technologies during the past few years increased the success rates of fertility treatment cycles and increased the pregnancy rates for hundreds of cases that were trying to conceive for many years. We are proud that fertility treatments are spearheading in UAE, and such technologies are adopted successfully locally at HealthPlus Fertility Centers.” He added that a full session at the 2nd International Obstetrics, Gynecology & Fertility Conference on its second day was dedicated to infertility problems including a talk on PCOS and infertility, fertility preservation, recurrent implantation failure; and uterine fibroids and infertility.

At his talk, he revealed that 25 percent of women who didn’t get pregnant after undergoing IVF had three previous attempts to transfer embryos, but the pregnancy was not successfully achieved. Dr. Walid said that in some cases the scientific reasons behind implantation failure after transfer of embryos that are fertilized in vitro are not yet known, and the reason is not clear whether it is related to the embryos and their incomplete implantation into the uterus, or the failure of the uterus to attract the embryo, or if the embryos are transferred in the right time; in addition to other factors that need to be thoroughly investigated to achieve better results. He pointed out that scientific studies have shown the importance of dealing with such cases on a case-by-case basis by a multispecialty medical team, pointing out that indirect factors may prevent a positive pregnancy result, in cases where all other factors are ideal.

Dr. Patrick O’Brien, Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University College London Hospitals (UCLH) in London, revealed that caesarean sections rate is rising steadily in almost every country in the world, reaching as high as 1 in 3 of all births in many developed countries. There are many reasons for this including rising levels of obesity, women having babies older, more women choosing to have a Caesarean, and also fear of litigation.

In his scientific lecture at the 2nd Obstetrics, Gynecology and Fertility International Conference held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC), Dr. O’Brien said that labor is a time of risk for any baby. “We currently monitor the baby’s heart rate during labor (the CTG monitor), watching for any signs that the baby is becoming short of oxygen. If the CTG recording becomes abnormal, we often intervene, for example by doing a Caesarean section to deliver the baby to safety. However, we know that in this situation the baby more often comes out in very good condition – and that it wasn’t short of oxygen at all! Thus, it is important for us to understand the limitations of our current technology, take all necessary precautions to avoid unnecessary Caesareans, and explore the use of new technologies, such as fetal ECG, pulse oximetry and fetal NIRS which may help.”

He added, “The Caesarean section rate is rising inexorably in almost every country in the world. There are many reasons underlying this trend, but they include a fear of litigation, particularly when there is a failure to act on an abnormal CTG recording in labor. Through the cooperation of the medical team, being careful in the decision to perform a caesarean section, and using new technologies when appropriate, we believe we can control the increase in unnecessary caesareans while ensuring the safety and health of the baby and mother.”

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28 March 2019: The 2nd Obstetrics, Gynecology and Fertility International Conference started today at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC). The conference hosts 7 international experts from University College London Hospitals (UCLH), London, Switzerland, Lebanon and many key experts from the UAE. On its first day, the conference attracted over 300 attendees from inside and outside the country. The conference is organized by Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children and HealthPlus Fertility Centers, part of United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical). The 2-day conference is accredited for 14 CME hours by the Department of Health Abu Dhabi.

In his opening speech at the conference, Mr. Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa Al Hammadi, Managing Director and CEO of UEMedical said that the obstetrics, gynecology and fertility services in both public and private sectors witnessed great improvements by developing different departments providing specialized advanced services in line with the vision of the Department of Health Abu Dhabi.

“United Eastern Medical Services is determined to execute its plans to expand its obstetrics, gynecology, fertility as well as pediatric services. With the 300M AED expansion project of Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children in Abu Dhabi, the new hospital building will be of a capacity of 100 beds and adjacent to the current building at Abu Dhabi Gate City. This will increase the total number of beds to 225 beds that covers a variety of specialties for women and children,” Mr. Al Shorafa clarified.

He also added that the theme of the conference this year concentrates on obstetrics, gynecology and fertility treatments which serves as a platform for discussions between the different experts and specialists allowing participants to benefit from the experts experiences in dealing with different complex cases.

Dr. Sadoon Sami Sadoon, Chairperson of the conference, Obstetrics & Gynecology Consultant and Medical Director at Danat Al Emarat Hospital welcomed the participants, and pointed out that the sessions of the conference over 2 days will include 28 scientific lectures presented by experts and specialists from inside and outside the UAE, covering topics like minimal invasive surgeries, one day surgeries for women, causes of the increase in cesarean section deliveries worldwide and the importance of fetal medicine in following the fetuses growth and diagnosing any health problems in the early stages of pregnancy.”

“The conference today discussed the debate about the US Food and Drug Administration warning and recommendation to stop one essential step in removing fibroids through laparoscopy. This lead to an increased rate of traditional open surgeries for these kinds of procedures which increased the risks and complications,” Dr. Sadoon said.

He also added that fibroids are one of the most benign tumors in women and are found mainly at the age of puberty. Their prevalence varies from one region to another, as 25% of women from European origin, around 60% of African origin and more than 30% in the Middle East found to have uterine fibroid (s). It has also been found that significant number of these women visiting tertiary centers with symptomatic fibroids require surgical intervention in a way or another. It is known that uterine fibroids cause infertility problems and delay in pregnancies, recurrent miscarriages, preterm births, heavy menstrual bleeding and pelvic pain, and may cause pressure on the bladder and bowels.

From his side, Dr. Hisham Mirghani, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Fetal Medicine Consultant at Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women and Children in Abu Dhabi, stressed on the importance of accurate reading and interpretation of fetus ultrasound imaging (sonography) during pregnancy to reach to the ideal decisions regarding the follow-up of fetus growth, and to give as accurate information as possible to parents. He added that studies showed that about 5 percent of the fetuses have health problems or some sort of deformity, which sometimes require chorionic villus sampling or amniocentesis for accurate diagnosis.

In her scientific lecture, Dr. Ghada Salman, Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University College London Hospitals (UCLH) in London and one of the international speakers at the conference, stressed on the need for thorough and comprehensive examinations of pregnant women with history of caesarean sections to screen for Caesarean Scar Ectopic Pregnancy. She said that the reported incidence of Caesarean scar ectopic ranges between 1 in 1800 to 2500 pregnancies world-wide.

Dr. Hazem Al Momani, Consultant in General Surgery & Bariatric Surgery, Head of Surgery at Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women and Children in Abu Dhabi, warned women who underwent a bariatric surgery not to get pregnant until 18 to 24 months after their surgery, specifically gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy, pointing out that there is 5 to 10% possibility to develop risks for the mother and the fetus in the event of pregnancy before 18 months of bariatric surgery.

Alongside the conference, an exhibition was held featuring many medical and pharmaceutical companies.

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23 March 2019: Abu Dhabi hosts the 2nd Obstetrics, Gynecology and Fertility International Conference from March 28 to 29 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC), with the participation of seven international experts from the University College London Hospitals (UCLH), and leading medical institutions in UK, Switzerland, Lebanon and the UAE. During the conference, organized by Danat Al Emarat Hospital and HealthPlus Fertility Centers, the experts will present the latest developments in the diagnosis and treatment of obstetrics, gynecology and fertility conditions. The conference is expected to attract over 300 healthcare professionals from the region.

Mr. Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa Al Hammadi, Managing Director & CEO at United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical), the parent organization of Danat Al Emarat Hospital and HealthPlus Fertility Centers, said “Organizing such conferences annually showcases our commitment to develop our services and support medical education initiatives in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. We intend to help transfer global expertise in the obstetrics, gynecology and fertility fields to the region, through holding international conferences and scientific meetings, primarily aimed at exchanging knowledge, providing continuous medical education to the medical community, and providing information on the latest developments in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. This comes in line with the strategies of the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DoH) to improve healthcare services across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.”

Dr. Sadoon Sami Sadoon, Conference Chairperson, Obstetrics & Gynecology Consultant and Medical Director at Danat Al Emarat Hospital, explained that the conference focuses on laparoscopic surgery, and the use of modern surgical techniques in the treatment of various diseases, the prevention and treatment of medical problems associated with pregnancy, especially severe placenta problems including morbidly adherent placenta and placental insufficiency. The experts will also discuss the reasons for the increase in caesarean deliveries worldwide, as well as the ways to apply international medical protocols to reduce perinatal mortality.

He explained that through the scientific sessions, experts will discuss important topics, including the broad debate on the recommendation of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to stop the use of power morcellation in laparoscopic fibroid surgery, which increased the use of traditional open surgeries for this type of conditions that are associated with many other complications.

He added that the conference will also focus on discussing the adhesion of placenta, which occurs as a result of previous caesarean sections and is considered a medical issue that put the pregnant women at risk. The experts will also present their views through their practical experiences to reduce these complications. Recent developments in fertility and IVF will also be discussed in some sessions.

He added, “Alongside the conference, a medical exhibition will be held with the participation of a number of medical pharmaceutical companies. Moreover, the Department of Health Abu Dhabi has accredited the conference for 14 hours of Continuous Medical Education (CME).”

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20 March 2019: Abu Dhabi-based United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical) announced the acquisition of a controlling stake in Al Muhaideb Dental Clinics Group in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The deal was worth 500 Million Dirhams, and comes in line with UEMedical’s expansion plan in the region. With the acquisition, UEMedical’s assets increased to AED 3 Billion, including Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children Hospital, Moorfields Eye Hospital Abu Dhabi, two IVF Centers and 7 specialized centers under HealthPlus Network of Specialty Centers and 2 pharmacies in Abu Dhabi besides the newly acquired Dental Group, Al Muhaideb, in KSA.

Amongst the assets acquired of Al Muhaideb Dental Clinics Group are 46 dental clinics in Riyadh, Jeddah, Abha, Mecca and Al Qassim. The clinics employ 1417 healthcare professionals, out of which 420 are dentists with multiple qualifications. The clinics are fully equipped with 441 advanced dental chairs. Established in 2000, Al Muhaideb Dental Group now welcomes around 500 thousand patients annually.

Mr. Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa Al Hammadi, CEO and Managing Director of UEMedical expressed his delight at the acquisition which comes within the framework of UEMedical’s strategy and expansion plans regionally. He said “This step is part of the group’s strategy to spread its expertise to neighboring countries and to diversify the range of specialized services the group provides to the community in the UAE and in the GCC.”

Mr. Al Shorafa stressed on the importance of this acquisition for the group. “As we further extend our geographic footprint in UAE and the region, our strategic plans include expanding our existing facilities, establishing new facilities; and acquiring facilities that widen our spectrum of services, working with key players in the region.”

“We are also continuing with our expansion plan in 2019 as we plan to open HealthPlus Fertility Center in Jeddah this June, and another center in Riyadh, an addition to our chain of HealthPlus Fertility Centers in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. We will also acquire more medical centers in Saudi Arabia over the next few months,” Mr. Al Shorafa further added.

Mr. Al Shorafa also said that this acquisition will open new horizons to expand dental services in the UAE for the group. “It is an opportunity to exchange knowledge and expertise between Al Muhaideb Dental Clinics and our UAE-based facilities, including HealthPlus Network of Specialty Centers and Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children.”

“UEMedical will continue its efforts to provide the best dental and oral services through the newly acquired clinics, as well as the introduction of new specialties, with a focus on innovative services and the latest diagnostic and treatment technologies. Dental services at Al Muhaideb Dental Clinics include dental implants, aesthetic and restorative of dentistry, oral surgery, endodontics, orthodontics, prosthetic dentistry; treatment of mouth diseases, teeth and gums; root canals, maxillofacial surgery, pediatric dentistry and more,” Mr. Al Shorafa concluded.

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09 March 2019, Abu Dhabi – UAE: Neonatologists in Abu Dhabi have succeeded in looking after and discharging an Emirati baby girl born at Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women and Children at 23 weeks and 3 days of pregnancy (around five months of gestation). Her birth weight was 550 grams and her height was only 30 centimeters. Her case is considered rare world-wide, being born at 23 weeks, and weighing so little compared with the ideal weight of babies born at full-term pregnancy, which is usually more than 2500 grams.

Mr. Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa Al Hammadi, Managing Director & CEO at United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical), the parent organization of Danat Al Emarat Hospital, said “The capabilities of our medical multi-disciplinary team at Danat Al Emarat Hospital are evident in caring for rare and complex cases. The newborn was treated in a timely manner by the hospital’s Neonatology team at the hospital’s level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) led by a team of internationally-trained neonatologists and qualified NICU nurses. The baby was admitted for 132 days in the NICU and 4 days at the pediatrics ward.”

“Danat Al Emarat Hospital is home to a comprehensive scope of subspecialties which are led by highly qualified medical experts and equipped with state-of-the-art technologies aiming to continuously provide high-level of quality care,” Mr. Al Shorafa added.

Dr. Iviano Ossuetta, Head of Neonatology and Consultant at Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women and Children, said “The case is very rare. Studies show that the global incidence of birth at 23 weeks of pregnancy is about 5 births per 10 thousand births, and the survival rate of such newborns may be as low as 29%. Almost all organs of the newborn at this gestation age would not be fully developed, including the lungs, and could not fully function, which requires hospitalization in an advanced incubator offering as much as possible a similar environment to the mother’s uterus whilst providing respiratory, nutritional and other life support until the newborn reaches the age of 35 weeks of gestation and weighs more than 1800 grams.”

He said, “Comprehensive tests were performed for the newborn at the time of birth and during her stay in the hospital, including tests for her retina, heart, brain in addition to other screening tests performed for all newborns at Danat Al Emarat Hospital. Before leaving the NICU, the latest tests showed that all her organs were well developed and functional.”

He added, “The total number of newborns delivered at Danat Al Emarat Hospital has reached 12,000 births since the opening of the hospital in October 2015. Of these newborns, 1,270 were admitted to the NICU for different reasons, and 150 of them were premature babies born at 33 weeks of pregnancy or less. Amongst them were 10 babies born at weeks 23-26 of pregnancy (extreme prematurity), and the youngest is Reema Abdullah Al-Kaabi, who was born at 23 weeks of pregnancy, and is considered to be “extreme premature newborn”.”

Mr. Mariano Gonzalez, CEO of Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women and Children, said “the case of our smallest newborn is another milestone in our list of achievements that we are truly proud of. The baby was discharged from the hospital, weighing 2500 grams and in good health. With the complexity of cases we see, we are considered to be a regional referral center for high risk pregnancies, rare cases, sick newborns and premature babies. The service lines and expertise in obstetrics, fetal medicine, neonatology, pediatric surgery and pediatric cardiology are fundamental to continue delivering medical excellence and quality care to our patients.”

The father, Mr. Abdullah Ali Al-Kaabi, expressed his gratitude for saving the life of his newborn, Reema. He said, “Her mother had signs of early labor at her 5th month of pregnancy. After stabilizing baby Reema, I was considering to transfer her abroad for treatment, but the physicians assured me that the care provided here would be the same elsewhere and that there were risks associated with such a transfer.”

He added, “We have witnessed the great care that the physicians and nurses at Danat Al Emarat have provided my wife and my baby, and were glad that we chose Danat Al Emarat for her birth and through her stay at the NICU. Thanks to Allah, we have left the hospital in good health after a stay of nearly four months. I truly appreciate the care and medical excellence that was provided to my baby and my family. I would like to thank the management of the hospital and the medical and nursing staff for their professionalism and exceptional care.”

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11 January 2019, Abu Dhabi – UAE: The 1st International Pediatrics & Neonatology Conference organized by Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children in Abu Dhabi, in partnership with The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Canada concluded today, Friday 11 January 2019 in Abu Dhabi with over 300 participants.

During the 2-day conference, some of the recommendations shared included the use of minimal access surgeries for neonates and children where clinically possible, and to perform regular eye checks for newborns to eliminate possible eye diseases and if diagnosed, to get treatment in a timely manner avoiding more serious complications.

Dr. Iviano Ossuetta, Chairperson of the Conference, Head of Neonatology and Neonatology Consultant at Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children said, “The second day of the conference included valuable discussions on important health topics including children’s eye check, especially red reflex, pediatric epilepsy, obesity management and bariatric surgery for adolescents where clinically needed, the effect of milk on children’s immune system, bronchiectasis in children, approaches to reduce infection rates in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and car accidents prevention. We have proudly hosted speakers from United Arab Emirates University, Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Corniche Hospital, Mafraq Hospital and many other leading hospitals in the country, as well as international physicians from Canada, Italy and a group of elite physicians from Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children and Moorfields Eye Hospital Abu Dhabi.”

Professor Hilary Whyte, Co-chairperson of the conference and Neonatologist at SickKids Hospital in Canada said, “The conference demonstrates the constructive collaboration with Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children under our long-term clinical partnership. We are proud to have witnessed a great crowd of healthcare professionals in the pediatrics field in UAE, learning more about the best practices in our subspecialties as we all aim to advance our knowledge and continue excelling in providing the best care for children and neonates.”

In his lecture, Dr. Syed Ali, Pediatric Ophthalmology Consultant at Moorfields Eye Hospital Abu Dhabi presented the latest methods in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases for newborns, namely the red reflex assessment, an essential assessment for newborns. He said, “Red reflex refers to the light reflecting on the retina (red because of the blood perfusion in the retina). This reflex is very similar to the effects of red eye commonly seen when the person is photographed with flash. Red Reflex is very important clinically, It can tell us about the clarity of the media. It is effected in case any disease effecting cornea, pupil, iris, lens, vitreous and retina.”

Dr. Syed also presented an observational scientific study conducted at Moorfields Eye Hospital Abu Dhabi in collaboration with Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children, where over 800 babies seen between the age of 6 and 8 weeks born at Danat Al Emarat Hospital were screened for red eye reflex using the latest technologies. The test was conducted to diagnose any eye diseases those children might be suffering from.

“The study showed that nearly 10% of the children who underwent the eye test had positive findings ranging between simple to complicated eye problems where few needed surgical interventions and some needed treatment for couple of months while others needed treatment using eye drops,” Dr. Syed said.

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10 January 2019, Abu Dhabi – UAE: Under the support of Department of Health Abu Dhabi (DOH), the 1st International Pediatric & Neonatology Conference commenced today at the Ritz Carlton Hotel Abu Dhabi. The conference organized by Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children in partnership with The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) Toronto, Canada, was attended by 300 healthcare professionals from UAE and the region. The 2-day conference is accredited for 16 CME hours.

The conference hosts seven international experts, five of which are from SickKids in Canada specializing in pediatric subspecialties including Neurology, Pulmonology, Gastroenterology and Orthopedics. Danat Al Emarat Hospital has previously signed a clinical partnership with SickKids that entails expanding and advancing pediatric subspecialties in the Emirate.

H.E. Mohamed Hamad Al Hameli, Undersecretary of Department of Health Abu Dhabi (DOH) said, “DOH encourages such specialized conferences that focus on discussing sub-specialties that are mostly relevant to the community. Pediatric medical subspecialties, neonatology and pediatric surgical specialties are amongst the priorities to focus on. Well organized international medical conferences help bring international medical expertise to the UAE, and encourages the introduction of new medical sub-specialties in hospitals, which will ultimately improve the level of services provided for children.”

In his opening remarks, Mr. Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa Al Hammadi, CEO and Managing Director of UEMedical, the parent organization of Danat Al Emarat Hospital said, “UEMedical is keen to hold medical conferences annually to benefit from international expertise and develop the level of services provided; and we are indeed proud to be organizing this international pediatrics and neonatology conference annually in Abu Dhabi in partnership with SickKids.”

“The conference hosts four international speakers representing the four new pediatric subspecialties at Danat Al Emarat Hospital which are to be launched in few weeks, Mr. Al Shorafa added. “Such international meetings are supported by the Department of Health Abu Dhabi, aiming to spread the knowledge on new technologies in the diagnosis and treatment of different cases and to benefit from the international expertise in the field of pediatrics and neonatology.”

Mr. Mariano Gonzalez, CEO of Danat Al Emarat Hospital said, “Plans are ongoing to introduce the 4 new pediatric specialties during the first quarter of this year, in collaboration with SickKids Hospital in Canada. These pediatric subspecialties include Neurology, Pulmonology, Gastroenterology and Orthopedics, which will be staffed by SickKids trained physicians enhancing the levels of medical services provided to children.”

Mr. Jeff Mainland, Executive Vice President of SickKids Hospital in Canada said, “We are proud to partner with Danat Al Emarat Hospital in bringing this unique scientific conference to the region, which indirectly helps improve children’s quality of life, through the integration of care, scientific research and continuous education for healthcare providers in UAE and the region. The speakers from SickKids spoke today about the latest technologies and scientific research in their specialties, aiming to spread their expertise in the region.”

Dr. Iviano Ossuetta, Chairperson of the Conference, Head of Neonatology and Neonatology Consultant at Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children said, “The lectures today included 11 talks presented by renowned physicians from SickKids Hospital in Canada, Danat Al Emarat Hospital, and key institutions such as UAE University, Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Moorfields Eye Hospital Abu Dhabi and Corniche Hospital Abu Dhabi.”

“Sessions during the first day focused on sleep breathing disorders, epilepsy in children, transport medicine for newborns and children, the latest developments in neurological disorders like spinal muscular atrophy, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and autism from a neurodevelopment perspective, the role of speech and language pathologists in NICU, echocardiography and cardiac birth defects screening in neonates, urea cycle disorders in children, alongside 2 workshops on lung imaging in neonates, and echocardiography for newborns,” Dr. Ossuetta concluded.

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02 January 2019, Abu Dhabi – UAE: Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children in Abu Dhabi farewelled 2018 with the birth of 15 newborns – 8 girls and 7 boys- including a set of twins on the last day of 2018; and have welcomed 18 newborns during the first twelve hours of New Year Day 2019.

The first baby boy born in 2019 was delivered by Dr Ban Al Chalabi, Specialist Obstetrics & Gynecology at Danat Al Emarat hospital. Dr Ban said, “the baby joined the family on this special occasion for all to double the joy of his parents and ours at Danat Al Emarat. Both baby and mother are in good health.”

The baby’s father, Mr. Ahmed Saeed Al Marzooqi – UAE National, said “Joining us on the first day of 2019 was a memorable surprise and our joy is now doubled. We named him Khalifa, following His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of UAE. His 4 siblings (Zayed, Saif, Saeed and Saqer) were waiting for him. He weighed 2.8 Kg and is in good health. We are thankful to Allah for all the blessings. It is a blessed year for us all – the Year of Tolerance. From here, we e would like to congratulate our UAE leaders, government and the people of UAE on the new year 2019.”

Family of Mr Ali Khalfan Al Mansouri welcomed their son at 2:12 am of 1 January 2019. Mr. Al Mansouri, UAE National, said, “Our newborn is the sixth in the family and we named him Khalifa, following His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE President. He weighed 3.3 kg and was due in 2 days, but joined us today on this very special day. Welcoming our baby today, we have started the year with happiness and blessings on the first day of 2019, and from here I would wish our beloved country continuous prosperity and success.”

Mariano Gonzalez, CEO of Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women and Children, part of United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical) said, “Including our 18 babies born at the hospital on the first day of 2019, a total of 10857 babies have been born at our hospital since our first baby born on 28 October 2015. Amongst the total number of births, we had 5617 boys and 5240 girls. All these precious bundles of joy were managed by our 75 medical team members of obstetricians, pediatricians and neonatologists. From here, we would like to congratulate the UAE’s leadership, government and people on the new year.”

The hospital distributed flowers and gifts for all patients and children who are spending the New Year Day at the hospital.

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30 December 2018, Abu Dhabi – UAE: With the support of Department of Health Abu Dhabi (DOH), Abu Dhabi hosts the 1st International Pediatric & Neonatology Conference on 10 – 11 January 2019 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel Abu Dhabi, organized by Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children in partnership with The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) Toronto, Canada. The conference is accredited for 16 CME hours.

A number of specialized physicians in Pediatric Subspecialties including Neurology, Pulmonology, Gastroenterology and Orthopedics from SickKids are presenting at the conference, in addition to 2 international speakers from Italy, and 12 speakers from Danat Al Emarat Hospital and other key healthcare organizations in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

 

Mr. Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa Al Hammadi, CEO and Managing Director of United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical), the parent organization of Danat Al Emarat Hospital, said that the group is keen to expand its pediatric services by bringing in new subspecialties and the latest in the field. We also intend to help transfer global expertise in the pediatric and neonatology field to the region, through holding international conferences and scientific meetings, primarily aimed at exchanging knowledge, providing continuous medical education to the medical community, and providing information on the latest developments in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. This comes in line with the strategies of the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DoH) to improve healthcare services across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.”

Mr. Mariano Gonzalez, CEO of Danat Al Emarat Hospital said, “During the first quarter of 2019, Danat Al Emarat Hospital in partnership with our clinical partners The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Canada, will add 4 new pediatric sub-specialties at Danat Al Emarat which includes Pediatric Neurology, Pulmonology, Gastroenterology and Orthopedics enhancing the level of comprehensive medical services provided to children. There will be a special focus on the latest research in these subspecialties presented by SickKids physicians at our 2-day conference.”

Dr. Iviano Ossuetta, Chairperson of the Conference, Head of Neonatology and Neonatology Consultant at Danat Al Emarat Hospital said, “Besides our 7 international speakers, the conference is hosting renowned physicians from key institutions in UAE including Danat Al Emarat Hospital, UAE University, Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Moorfields Eye Hospital Abu Dhabi and Corniche Hospital Abu Dhabi; who will present the latest research and technologies in their respective subspecialty.”

“Sessions will focus on sleep breathing disorders, epilepsy in children, car accidents prevention, pediatric immunology, respiratory viral diseases, nutrition in newborns, neonatal screening, speech language therapy techniques, community acquired pneumonia, minimal access neonatal surgery, metabolic bone diseases in children and more. Two hands-on workshops will also be organized on echocardiography and cardiac birth defects screening in neonates, presented by Dr. Haitham Talo, Pediatric Cariology Consultant at Danat Al Emarat, and lung ultrasound imaging in NICU presented by Dr. Mariano Manzionna from Italy. Alongside the medical education sessions, there will a medical exhibition hosting several specialized pharmaceutical companies showcasing their latest technologies in diagnosis and treatment of pediatric diseases,” Dr. Ossuetta concluded.

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22 December 2018, Abu Dhabi – UAE: The Board of Directors of United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical) announced the second phase of the expansion project of Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women and Children in Abu Dhabi. The second phase includes the construction of a new tower with a capacity of 100 beds, at a total cost of AED300 million. The new tower will be adjacent to the current hospital building located in Abu Dhabi Gate City and will be operational by mid 2020.

H.E. Mohamed Hamad Al Hameli, Undersecretary of Department of Health Abu Dhabi (DOH) said, “The Department of Health supports expansions of services and operational facilities that are aligned with the current market needs and in line with the capacity gaps study that was published by DOH recently which identifies the most needed medical services in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.”

He added that the second phase of Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women and Children will be a new addition to women and children healthcare services, increasing the overall capacity of beds, especially number of advanced NICU beds, as well as bringing in pediatrics subspecialties and improving the services provided to women and children in the Emirate.

Mr. Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa Al Hammadi, CEO and Managing Director of UEMedical said “Construction will begin in the next three months, adding that with the completion of the second tower, the total number of hospital beds will increase to 225 beds covering various specialties. With that, UEMedical’s assets will increase to 2.5 billion AED. The design project has been awarded to the renowned American architectural firm HKS, who designed the existing tower of Danat Al Emarat in addition to Amar Golden Design.

He pointed out that the expansion project of Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women and Children followed detailed studies in cooperation with the Department of Health Abu Dhabi, identifying specialties needed, capacity gaps and beds required especially in the fields of pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology. “Danat Al Emarat Hospital is considered as a referral center for high-risk pregnancies, encompassing a full fledge department of fetal medicine, level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, pediatric surgery and pediatrics subspecialties needed for newborns and older children up to adolescence such as pediatric cardiology, speech language therapy, pediatric allergy and more. The hospital also encompasses an advanced center for women’s laparoscopy and minimally invasive gynecology surgery; and a Bariatric and Metabolic Center, specialties that are highly needed.

He added that such an expansion comes in line with the growing interest in maternal and child healthcare services, which are highly supported by H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, GWU, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, FDF.

“With the completion of the second phase and the operation of the new building, the number of beds at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit will be doubled to 40 beds equipped to the highest international standards. Pediatric subspecialties including pediatric orthopedics, pediatric gastroenterology, pediatric pulmonology and pediatric neurology, in collaboration with the renowned The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Toronto, Canada, will be further expanded,” Mr. Al Shorafa further added. “We have considered expanding services and departments that are high in demand, taking into consideration the agreements we have signed recently with international medical institutions such as SickKids, which require providing new specialties and increasing the number of beds in some specialties. Overall, 50 new beds will be added for children in the new tower besides our current pediatric ward, in addition to further expanding our Pediatric ICU to 10 PICU beds.”

He avowed that the new expansion of the hospital also includes the addition of 50 new beds for women, in addition to adding new service lines for women. Moreover, 3 new digital operating rooms will be added bringing the total number of operating rooms to 8 rooms; and 10 additional delivery rooms will also be opened making the total number of delivery rooms 20.

Mr. Al Shorafa pointed out that these expansions will be accompanied by an increase in the number of medical and technical staff recruiting over 500 new employees including 100 doctors in different specialties and 200 nurses who would join during the final stages of the project. He noted that, after the second phase, the hospital is expected to attract over 50 thousand new female patients, and children, which currently cares for more than 100 thousand registered patients since it first opened in October 2015.

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11 November 2018, Abu Dhabi – UAE: Fatima College of Health Sciences and United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical) signed today a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate in training students and attracting graduates from Nursing, Pharmacy, Radiology and Physiotherapy Departments at UEMedical different facilities including Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children, HealthPlus Fertility Centers, HealthPlus Specialty Centers and Moorfields Eye Hospital Abu Dhabi.

The MoU was signed by Dr. Ahmed Al-Awar, Managing Director of Institute of Applied Technology, and Mr. Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa Al Hammadi, CEO and Managing Director of United Eastern Medical Services in the presence of a number of officials from both parties.

Dr. Ahmed Al-Awar emphasized that the college is keen to sign Memorandum of Agreements with public and private healthcare institutions to open new horizons to train our students and appoint our graduates from different specialties. He highlighted that the college management are looking forward to more collaborations with the private medical sector, which is considered a strategic partner with the public sector.

He also added that the private healthcare sector in Abu Dhabi with its multiple key facilities is capable of accommodating more graduates from Fatima College and training them in accordance with the highest standards and educational levels which will enhance their competencies.

Mr. Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa Al Hammadi said that UEMedical is ready to collaborate with Fatima College of Health Sciences in different areas, highlighting that the group through Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children, HealthPlus Fertility Centers, HealthPlus Network of Specialty Centers and Moorfields Eye Hospital Abu Dhabi will train students according to the college requirements and plans.

He also added that as part of the MOU, UEMedical would work closely with Fatima College to attract its graduates, especially Emiratis to work in UEMedical’s different facilities. “We also look forward to the mutual benefits of this MOU, as Fatima College would continuously present advanced executive training courses to our team members.”

Dr. Hamed Al Neyadi, Senior Manager Executive Government Relations at Fatima College, said: “We always seek to cooperate with top hospitals who are known for their quality care in order to train our students who would excel in their specialties and who would be then ready to contribute and work in the private health sector in UAE. Today, we are collaborating with Danat Al Emarat Hospital, a renowned specialized hospital and is considered one of the key leading facilities in Abu Dhabi, besides HealthPlus Network of Specialty Centers and Moorfields Eye Hospital Abu Dhabi.”

This MoU aims to promote cooperation between the two parties entering into a strategic partnership in the fields of health sciences and in all areas of common interest to achieve the vision and strategic objectives for both parties, and to attract and nominate students from FCHS for scholarships and later employments in the appropriate fields in the group.

According to the MoU, UEMedical will also participate in FCHS advisory / stakeholder meetings, and cooperate in the fields of scientific studies and research of common interest.

Moreover, and in the light of the MoU, a joint committee was set up to put in place mechanisms for implementation, follow-up and direct supervision to discuss means of constructive cooperation and exchange of information between the two parties in the proposed areas of cooperation.

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2 December 2018, Abu Dhabi: Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children in Abu Dhabi welcomed a total of 8 newborns (5 boys and 3 girls) during the first few hours of the 47th UAE National Day.

The first baby was born at 2:17 am, and weighed 2.7 Kg and is the first child for the family. Her father, Al Ren Bucoy, 31 years old from Philippines and an Ambulance Attendant, said, “the baby is our first child and we are overwhelmed with her birth today. The baby and her mother are in good health, and we have named her Alexa Venice. We are extremely proud to have her join us during the first hours of UAE National Day. Today is a special day for the country I have served and to my family for our healthy, charming baby girl. She was due in ten days but because of some medical reasons, she has joined us today. It is awesome with loads of joy and smiles. From me and the family, we wish everyone a Happy National Day!”

The first Emirati newborn was delivered at 2:44 after midnight. His father, Hilal Mohammed Al Zuyoudi said, “Having our baby boy at this time of the year is very special to our hearts. We have named our new bundle of joy Abdullah, and he has an older sister who has been waiting for him. We thank Allah that the baby and his mom are in good health. He was due to join us today 2nd December, and this is what happened. We would like to congratulate our UAE leaders, government and the people of UAE on this very special day, the 47th UAE National Day.”

Amongst Danat Al Emarat’s newborns on UAE National Day was baby Zayed who was born at 8:28 am. His father, Hamad Abdrabbo Al Humairi said, “We named our baby Zayed, following the Late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father and the principal driving force behind the formation of the United Arab Emirates. Waiting for baby Zayed are his brothers Suhail and Mansour. He was due after two days, but with Allah’s will he has joined us today and so our celebrations have been doubled. From here, we would like to congratulate UAE leaders, government and the people of UAE on this very special day.”

Moreover, an Emirati family were blessed with their first baby boy at 9:04 am on National Day. Mr. Ali Jasem Al Raeisy said, “Thanks to Allah our joy has been doubled today with the arrival of our first newborn Jasem. We are overwhelmed that he joined us on the 47th National Day and we wish our leadership, government and people of UAE continuous happiness and safety.”

A pair of twins were also born at Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women and Children at 11 am for an Emirati family on UAE National Day.. Their father Mohamed Abdullah Al Jaber said, “We were blessed today with our 2 boys after 7 years of waiting. We thank Allah for the blessings and that their mother and the babies ae in good health. We are extremely happy to have them join us on UAE National Day. On this special day that is very dear to our hearts, we would like to congratulate UAE leaders, government and the people of UAE. The birth of our twins on this special night was a surprise for us, and now the memorable occasion is tripled for us. We are very thankful for this blessing.”

Mariano Gonzalez, CEO of Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women and Children, part of United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical) said, “Including our 8 babies born at the hospital during the early hours of UAE National Day, a total of 10150 babies have been born at our hospital since our first baby born on 28 October 2015. Amongst the total number of births, we had 5250 boys and 4900 girls. All these precious bundles of joy were managed by our 75 medical team members of obstetricians, pediatricians and neonatologists. We expect to welcome another 5 babies by end of today. From here, we would like to congratulate the UAE’s leadership, government and people on the 47th UAE National Day.”

The hospital distributed flowers and gifts for all patients and children who are spending the UAE National Day at the hospital.

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21 August 2018, Abu Dhabi – UAE: Ten newborns (5 girls and 5 boys) were born at Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children in Abu Dhabi during Arafat Day and the first few hours of first day of Eid Al Adha.

The first baby (Emirati) was born at 00:08 after midnight the first day of Eid Al Adha and weighed 2.7 kg. Mr. Mohammed Salem Al Mansouri, the father, said “The birth of our baby during first day of Eid was a surprise for us, and now the memorable occasion is doubled for us. He is our first baby and we have named him Zayed. We are very thankful for this blessing. From here, we would like to congratulate UAE leaders, government and the people of UAE on this very special day.”

Baby Zayed was delivered by Dr Merlyne Acedilla, Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialist at Danat Al Emarat Hospital. Dr Marlyn said, “The baby was due in 2 weeks but with Allah’s will he joined the family on this special occasion for all and doubled the joy of her parents and ours. Both baby and mother are in good health.”

The second baby girl was born at 1:11 am for a Russian/American family and weighed 3.6 Kg. She is the second child for the family.

The third baby girl was born at 2:18 am for a Pakistani family. Her father Mr. Abrar Sarwar said, “She is our first baby. She weighed 3.150 KG. She was due in five days, but with Allah’s will, she was born today on first day of Eid. We are truly blessed. Both the baby and the mother are in good health. Born on Eid, our celebration is now doubled. And on this occasion, we would like to congratulate UAE leaders, government and the Islamic Nation on this holy occasion.”

The fourth baby was born for a Yemeni family at 6:45 am and is the first for the family. She weighed 2.8 KG.

Mariano Gonzalez, CEO of Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women and Children, part of United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical) said, “Including our 10 babies born at the hospital on Arafat Day and the early hours of first day of Eid, a total of 8805 babies have been born at our hospital since we opened in October 2015. All these precious bundles of joy were managed by our 70 medical team members of obstetricians, pediatricians and neonatologists. We expect to welcome another 5 babies by end of today.”

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Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children in Abu Dhabi, part of United Eastern Medical Services group, organized a series of awareness activities on the occasion of World Breastfeeding Week that started on 1 August 2018. Educational activities included numerous seminars, educational talks and different activities aiming to educate mothers on the importance of breastfeeding and to shed a light on the health benefits of breastfeeding not only for newborns but also mothers. On Wednesday, 1 August, a full day of activities was organized including English and Arabic health talks, alongside numerous educational booths on breastfeeding, nutrition and baby massage. Another event was organized today, Saturday, attracting working mothers and fathers who were unable to participate during working days. In total, over 120 pregnant ladies and breastfeeding mothers attended the educational events.

Physicians at Danat Al Emarat praised UAE Labor Law which entails granting working mothers for a period of 18 months post- delivery, two additional breaks each day for the purpose of breastfeeding. These breaks are not to exceed 30 minutes each.

“With such rules, we have witnessed more new mothers breastfeeding for longer periods,” Dr. Sadoon Sadoon, Medical Director and Obstetrics & Gynecology Consultant said.

“Recent international scientific studies confirmed that mother’s milk is considered an ideal nutritional source that is easily digested, as it includes vitamins, proteins, and fats, which are the main elements that newborns need in their early life. It also contains antibodies that enhance child’s immunity against viral and bacterial infections,” Dr. Sadoon added. “In line with all these clinical indicators and the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi’s goal to create healthier communities, our team pays great attention to breastfeeding, and we have a dedicated clinic for breastfeeding managed by two International Board Certified Lactation Consultants. With an average of 350 monthly newborns, we believe our role in raising awareness on breastfeeding and healthy lifestyles is key.”

Neima Mokrane, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant at Danat Al Emarat Hospital said, “Our 2 seminars in Arabic and English were attended by over 70 women – some of which are currently pregnant and some who are breastfeeding. Today’s event attracted over 50 families. Our speakers focused on the benefits of breastfeeding such as strengthening child’s immunity against different diseases especially gastrointestinal infections and asthma, and improving the baby’s intestines function and digestive system. They explained how to ideally start with breastfeeding in order to prevent most complications. Our dietitians also spoke to attendees about healthy eating habits for breastfeeding mothers and newborns.”

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, July 10, 2018 – HP Inc., a global leader in innovative technology, has collaborated with Abu Dhabi’s Danat Al Emarat Hospital to transform the typical dull setting of a CT scan room to a colorful comfort zone. Danat Al Emarat, part of United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical), is a specialty hospital in Abu Dhabi catering to women and children’s medical needs. In partnership with GE Healthcare, HP is re-inventing patients’ experience by utilizing its state-of-the-art Latex Printing Technology to design and print a fun, underwater themed wallpaper and equipment cover that aims to minimize the stress that comes with going into a scan room for critical tests.

“Patients, especially children, fear the concept of visiting hospitals and facing daunting machines during tests. So, we wanted to transform this typical experience and turn it into a more pleasant one – and what’s better than changing the visual setting from being cold and unsettling to one that’s fun, colorful and comforting. HP’s Latex Printing Technology is the completely odorless, eco-friendly and fit to be used in a sterile hospital environment. Being part of this project is a great privilege for HP, and we’re pleased to use our technologies to make an esteemed hospital like Danat Al Emarat friendlier,” said Ernest Azzam, Regional Business Manager, Large Format Printing Middle East, Mediterranean and Africa, HP Inc.

Danat Al Emarat opened its doors to the residents of the United Arab Emirates in 2015, offering unique healthcare services for the diagnosis, care and treatment of women and children. In addition, the specialty hospital is a referral center for high risk pregnancies, as it encompasses one of the largest Intensive Neonatal Care Units (Level III) in Abu Dhabi and an advanced fetal medicine unit.

“At Danat Al Emarat, we are committed to delivering a high-quality, patient-centric experience, and our understanding of the general perception toward a hospital is the key inspiration behind this collaboration. This phenomenal project enables us to deliver a holistic and warm experience, and the visual transformation of our new CT scan room is already putting our younger patients at ease. We’re thrilled to be one of the first the hospitals in the UAE to offer such an incredible CT scan room. We are indeed pleased to partner with HP for spearheading and executing this wonderful project,” said Mariano Gonzalez, Chief Executive Officer, Danat Al Emarat Hospital.

The HP Latex Printing Technology is eco-friendly as it uses water-based inks, eliminating exposure to inks with hazard warning labels and high solvent concentrations. The benefits of this technology also include delivering odorless and fire-retardant prints that dry instantly, making them suitable for settings such as hospitals and hotels.

With the unique advantages and offerings of the its Latex Printing Technology, HP has opened doors to further opportunities, including working with various industries such as healthcare to transform customer experiences in a way that’s never been explored before.

 

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Seven newborns were born at Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children in Abu Dhabi during the first few hours of first day of Eid Al Fitr.

The first baby (Emirati) was born at 12:35 after midnight the first day of Eid Al Fitr and weighed 3.5 kg. Mr Majed Ahmed Al Awbathani, the father, said “The birth of our baby during first day of Eid was a surprise for us, and now the memorable occasion is doubled for us. She is our first baby and we have named her Fatima. We are very thankful for this blessing. From here, we would like to congratulate UAE leaders, government and the people of UAE on this very special day.”

Baby Fatima was delivered by Dr Tina Kokalj, Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialist at Danat Al Emarat Hospital. Dr Tina said, “The baby was due in a week but with Allah’s will she joined the family on this special occasion for all and doubled the joy of her parents and ours. Both baby and mother are in good health.”

The second baby was born at 3:09 am and weighed 3.5 Kg. His father, Mr. Hussain Saleem Ayedh Al Menhali said, “The baby is in good health and we have named him Sultan. We are extremely happy to have him join us during the early hours of Eid Al Fitr. We would like to congratulate UAE leaders, government and the people of UAE on this very special day.”

Baby Mayar was the third baby born at Danat Al Emarat Hospital during the early hours of Eid Al Fitr. She was born at 3:31 am, and weighed 3.33 kg. Her father, Engineer Abdulla Ghanem Alseiari – Emirati, said, “Baby Mayar is our third baby – she has a brother and sister who have been waiting for her. Born on Eid, our celebration is now doubled. We were expecting her last week, but with Allah’s will she joined us on first day of Eid. And on this occasion, we would like to congratulate our UAE leaders, government and the Islamic Nation on this holy occasion.”

Mariano Gonzalez, CEO of Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women and Children, part of United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical) said, “During the Holy Month of Ramadan, a total of 350 were born at our hospital, including 170 boys and 180 girls. Out of the 350 newborns, 179 were UAE Nationals. We also welcomed 12 twins and 1 triplet during the Holy month.”

“Including our 7 newborns born at the hospital after Eid was declared and until the early hours of first day of Eid, a total of 7981 babies have been born at our hospital since we opened in October 2015. All these precious bundles of joy were managed by our 70 medical team members of obstetricians, pediatricians and neonatologists. We expect to welcome another 5 babies by end of today,” Mr. Gonzalez concluded.

The hospital distributed flowers and gifts for all patients who are spending Eid Al Fitr at the hospital.

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The First Primary Care Conference was held today, 27 April, at the Dusit Thani Hotel Abu Dhabi, and was attended by over 150 healthcare professionals. The 1-day conference, organized by Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children, HealthPlus Network of Specialty Centers and Moorfields Eye Hospital Abu Dhabi, included 12 different sessions discussing the resistance of antibiotics, obesity and bariatric surgeries, women’s health, red eyes and other eye problems, children’s health problems, mental health issues and more.

Speakers at the conference spoke about the dangers of obesity and its complication. Recent studies show that treatment of obesity related problems costs 15% of the total expenditure in many countries that have high obesity prevalence.

Dr. Samina Ahmad, Chair of the conference, Head of Family Medicine Department at Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children and HealthPlus Family Clinics in Abu Dhabi said, “The conference included 12 sessions and presentations and was mainly designed for primary care physicians and allied health professionals from nurses to technicians and pharmacists as we shed light on the important role of family medicine in the management of chronic diseases, women and children healthcare and screening, prevention and early detection of diseases, as well as our role in health awareness and education amongst the community. The conference is accredited for 7 hours of Continuous Medical Education by the Department of Health Abu Dhabi.”

She presented a lecture on antibiotic resistance, stressing on the efforts of the Department of Health in Abu Dhabi in eliminating the use of antibiotics without prescriptions, and the participation of all healthcare providers in training programs to raise awareness amongst physicians and pharmacists following international guidelines in the prescribing and dispensing of antibiotics, She mentioned that the successful implementation of health insurance in Abu Dhabi has highly contributed in eliminating the use of antibiotics without prescriptions.

Dr. Hazem Al Momani, General Surgery and Bariatric Surgery Consultant at Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children spoke about the surgical options for obesity management. He assured during his talk that obesity causes numerous chronic diseases and it has been a burden on healthcare institutions as the costs of treating obesity related problems including chronic diseases are high. Studies show that the cost of treating obesity related diseases in the Middle East for example reached 17 billion dollars in 2015. Thus, preventing obesity will help save a lot of resources that could be used elsewhere.

He also emphasized on the importance of healthy diets especially for children to avoid obesity, and that 6 countries out of the top 20 countries with the highest obesity rates are in the Middle East region.

He also pointed out that bariatric surgeries that are performed at Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children in Abu Dhabi successfully. These surgeries are the last resort incase all other treatment methods fail, as this type of surgeries are just tools to help patients lose weight and become healthier. He also talked about bariatric procedures like gastric bypass, gastric sleeve and gastric balloon. He also stressed on the importance of exercising, adapting healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet to avoid obesity and its complications. Dr. Al Momani spoke also about a case who was diabetic, and in 6 months, her sugar levels were back to normal, and her weight dropped from over 130 KG to less than 100 KG.

In his presentation on women’s health, Dr. Sadoon Sadoon, Medical Director and Obstetrics, Gynecology and Minimally Invasive Surgery Consultant at Danat Al Emarat Hospital spoke about the common women’s health problems and warned from the late diagnosis of endometriosis. He said that some women are diagnosed with endometriosis ten years after they start suffering from the symptoms of the disease which make women suffer more from pain and increases infertility problems.

He explained that the problem of endometriosis is associated in many cases with the presence of uterine fibers, and delayed treatment increases the complications, which would affect the ovaries and cause infertility.

He pointed out that around 20% of women suffer from endometriosis, and in many cases the woman would be diagnosed after two years or more. Statistics also show that 30 to 40% of women who have infertility problems suffer from endometriosis and uterine fibers. The incidence of uterine fibroids between 25 to 50% of women.

Dr. Sadoon said, “GPs and Family Medicine physicians should be familiar with the symptoms and the diseases, so they know when to refer women to specialized physicians. Most of these problems are managed through laparoscopic gynecological surgery in highly specialized centers.”

Dr. Rasha Abbas, Psychiatry Consultant at Danat Al Emarat and HealthPlus Diabetes & Endocrinology Center talked about mental health problems in primary care, and the right time to refer a patient to a psychiatrist. She said, “90% of the cases of depression and anxiety of mild to moderate severity can be treated in primary health care centers. This requires training of primary health care physicians on how to diagnose mental illnesses through a set of simple questions that help determine the diagnostic process.” She added that depression is a common mental health illness, and its incidence is one in six people, and that it is more common in women.  In her lecture, she focused on the role of the primary care physician in determining the appropriate time to refer the patient to a psychiatrist before the problem gets escalated, as well as the importance of integrating mental health into primary health care.

In his talk, Dr. Mohammed Abuelkhair, Medicines Expert, talked about the importance of minimizing polypharmacy inpatients and trying to deprescribe medicine after careful assessment of the need to maintain the patient on his current therapy. In addition, he addressed the topic of potential interaction between Biotin and various lab tests such TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone), cortisol, estrogen, FSH and Troponin (cardiac test).

The conference also focused on other common health problems seen by primary care and family medicine physicians. Dr. Islam Sidky, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Minimally Invasive Surgery Consultant discussed endometriosis and pelvic pain symptoms in women. From pediatric care side, Dr. Hani Rifai, ENT Specialist at HealthPlus Children’s Specialty Center and Danat Al Emarat Hospital presented a paper about ENT emergency cases, while Dr. Iviano Ossuetta, Head of Neonatology & Chair of Children’s Services at Danat Al Emarat Hospital spoke about decoding crying infants. Management of diabetes in primary care was also a topic presented by Dr. Mahmoud BenBaraka, Diabetes and Endocrinology Consultant at HealthPlus Diabetes & Endocrinology Center.

From ophthalmology angle, Dr. Hamed Anwar, Corneal and Refractive Surgery Consultant at Moorfields Eye Hospital Abu Dhabi spoke to participants about common eye problems like the red eye, which is a very common problem seen by general practitioners.

Dr. Shweta Uppal, Head of Lab Services at Danat Al Emarat Hospital and HealthPlus Centers presented a paper about the accuracy of lab tests, and Dr. Samina Ahmad talked about antimicrobial resistance and risk of misusing antibiotics, a topic that’s vital for GPs and family medicine practitioners.

The conference was organized by MCO exhibitions and conferences.

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Organized by Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children, HealthPlus Network of Specialty Centers and Moorfields Eye Hospital Abu Dhabi, the First Primary Care Conference will be held on 27 April 2018 at Dusit Thani Hotel in Abu Dhabi. Topics will include family medicine, ophthalmology, obstetrics & gynecology, pediatrics, surgery, mental health and more.

Mr. Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa Al Hammadi, CEO & MD of United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical), said “This conference comes in line with the goals and efforts of the Department of Health in Abu Dhabi, securing the provision of high quality care in Abu Dhabi, improving the quality of family medicine and primary care set ups. Last January, Department of Health in Abu Dhabi introduced new standards for the licensing of primary care providers, which aims to provide patients with the best family healthcare and create new communication channels between family physicians and patients. And through this conference, our guest speakers will focus on the importance of the collaboration between physicians; aiming to spread awareness about family medicine and primary care centers, and to provide primary care physicians with the latest medical updates on the treatment and management of different diseases and when to transfer cases that require specialists’ attention.”

Mr. Majd Abu Zant, CEO of HealthPlus Network of Specialty Centers which owns a number of Family Clinics in Abu Dhabi added, “The Primary Care Conference will be held annually. Our team of experts will focus every year on different service lines that has a correlation with the primary care setting from Ophthalmology, Pediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynecology to General Surgery and Mental Health and more. We work together and in line with Department of Health’s initiatives to raise awareness not only amongst the general community about family medicine and primary care, but also within the medical community.”

Dr. Samina Ahmad, Chair of the conference, Head of Family Medicine Department at Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children and HealthPlus Family Clinics in Abu Dhabi said, “The conference is mainly designed for primary care physicians and allied health professionals from nurses to technicians and pharmacists as we shed light on the important role of family medicine in the management of chronic diseases, women and children healthcare and screening, prevention and early detection of diseases, as well as our role in health awareness and education amongst the community. The conference is expected to host 150 individuals and is accredited for 7 hours of Continuous Medical Education by the Department of Health Abu Dhabi.”

Dr. Samina also clarified that the conference will concentrate on common health problems seen by primary care and family medicine physicians. Dr. Sadoon Sami Sadoon, Medical Director, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Minimally Invasive Surgery Consultant at Danat Al Emarat Hospital will present a paper about the common diseases in women; while Dr. Islam Sidky, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Minimally Invasive Surgery Consultant will discuss endometriosis and pelvic pain symptoms in women. From pediatric care side, Dr. Hani Rifai, ENT Specialist at HealthPlus Children’s Specialty Center and Danat Al Emarat Hospital will present a paper about ENT emergency cases, while Dr. Iviano Ossuetta, Head of Neonatology & Chair of Children’s Services at Danat Al Emarat Hospital will present a paper about decoding crying infants. Management of diabetes in primary care will be also a topic presented by Dr. Mahmoud BenBaraka, Diabetes and Endocrinology Consultant at HealthPlus Diabetes & Endocrinology Center; and surgical options in obesity management will be presented by Dr. Hazem Al Momani, General Surgery and Bariatric Surgery Consultant at Danat Al Emarat Hospital.

From ophthalmology angle, Dr. Hamed Anwar, Corneal and Refractive Surgery Consultant at Moorfields Eye Hospital Abu Dhabi will speak about common eye problems like the red eye, which is a very common problem seen by general practitioners.

Dr. Shweta Uppal, Head of Lab Services at Danat Al Emarat Hospital and HealthPlus Centers will present a paper about the accuracy of lab tests, and Dr. Samina Ahmad will also talk about resistance of microbes and risk of misusing antibiotics, a topic that’s vital for GPs and family medicine practitioners.

Last by not least, Dr. Rasha Abbas, Psychiatry Consultant will talk about mental health problems in primary care, and the right to time to refer a patient to a psychiatrist. The conference is organized by MCO exhibitions and conferences.

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14 March 2018 – Abu Dhabi, UAE: Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children, part of United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical), launched yesterday a kids’ safety awareness campaign to spread awareness about the importance of kids’ safety in different ages.

The campaign, which is part of a comprehensive awareness campaign launched by the Department of Health Abu Dhabi, focused on prevention of choking, prevention of sudden infant death, falls prevention, the importance of using children car seats and the importance of kids’ safety inside the house by ensuring the safety of toys and furniture to protect them from any possible risks.

Dr. Omniyat Al Hajri Director, Public Health Division from the Department of Health Abu Dhabi said, “The campaign, which was launched by Department of Health Abu Dhabi recently, received great response from the community, doctors, nurses and others. We invited healthcare providers to discuss ways to raise awareness about kids’ safety. And here we are with Danat Al Emarat Hospital organizing a kids’ safety awareness day targeted towards patients, families and the whole community. During the day, we distributed informative leaflets and trained parents on the different approaches of protecting children and prioritizing their safety.”

Mariano Gonzalez, CEO of Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children said, “Our medical and nursing team at the hospital organized this long-term initiative following the directives of the Department of Health Abu Dhabi. This comes in line with our mission as a women and children hospital to educate, train and raise awareness of parents on children’s safety and keeping them health. The event included five educational platforms on children car seat usage, choking prevention and more.”

“Children spend most of their time at the house, dealing with various objects such as toys, furniture and other small objects, which requires a careful selection of materials, objects and tools that meet the safety and security requirements. Parents should make sure small objects, detergents and medicines are kept far away from kids’ reach,” Mr. Gonzalez added.

Dr. Iviano Ossuetta, Head of Neonatology and Chair of Children’s Services at Danat Al Emarat Hospital pointed out that sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is a term used to describe the unexpected death( usually during sleep) of an infant between birth and 1 year of age, for which no explanation can be found despite a thorough investigation.

A few years ago, a study was conducted in the UAE by the Department of Pediatrics at the United Arab Emirates University on child care habits. The study which included 996 families found out that the death rate caused by SIDS was 0.66 in 1000 births. SIDS can be avoided by raising awareness and knowing the danger factors that might lead to sudden infant death. The study also showed that boys are more affected than girls. Other studies also reveal that mothers who smoke while pregnant or during breastfeeding increase the chances of SIDS.

Dr. Ossuetta also explained that it is important to follow safe sleeping measures and tips which reduce the chances of SIDS, such as putting the babies to sleep on their backs on appropriate mattresses and in the feet to foot of bed position. Blankets should be tucked in and never more than the level of babys’ shoulder.

With regards to car safety “It is very important to use child car seats” Dr. Ossuetta said, “We aim to encourage and raise awareness about child safety while driving.”

Dr. Ossuetta also spoke about another very important child car safety issue related to accidents caused to children by their parents’ cars. “Parents should ensure that children are either inside the car or inside the house, before moving their car” Dr. Ossuetta concluded.

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15 February 2018, Abu Dhabi – UAE: His Excellency Sheikh Abdulla bin Mohamed Al Hamed, Chairman of Department of Health (DoH) inaugurated today the 1st International Gulf Conference of Obstetrics & Gynecology in Yas Island Rotana Hotel in Abu Dhabi, which is organized by Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children and HealthPlus Fertility. The conference lasts for 2 days, and is attended by 300 physicians and healthcare professionals from inside and outside the country. The inauguration ceremony was attended by Mr. Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa Al Hammadi, CEO and Managing Director of United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical), Mr. Majd Abu Zant, CEO of HealthPlus Network of Specialty Centers and a number of officials.
His Excellency stated, “the Department of Health in Abu Dhabi encourages the expansion of medical subspecialties, such as obstetrics & gynecology and pediatrics, which comes in line with the results of the recent capacity gap report, which identifies the actual needs of medical specialties, facilities and medical staff in the Emirate. To meet the growing demand of our community, DoH, in coordination with the competent authorities, encourages investments in the health sector to establish modern subspecialized healthcare facilities in the Emirate”.

His Excellency Sheikh Abdulla bin Mohamed Al Hamed accompanied by Mr. Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa Al Hammadi and a number of officials toured the medical exhibition on the sidelines of the conference where his excellency was briefed on the latest medical innovations and different medications and treatments in the field of obstetrics & gynecology, and fertility.

In his opening remarks, Mr. Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa Al Hammadi, CEO and Managing Director of UEMedical, the parent organization of Danat Al Emarat Hospital and HealthPlus Fertility said, “On behalf of UEMedical, I would like to express our gratitude to His Excellency Sheikh Abdulla bin Mohamed Al Hamed for inaugurating and endorsing our conference today. UEMedical is keen to hold medical conferences annually to benefit from international expertise and develop the level of services provided; and we are proud to be organizing this obstetrics and gynecology conference annually in Abu Dhabi.”

Mr. Al Shorafa also revealed that UEMedical will be opening a new IVF Center under HealthPlus Fertility in Dubai within the coming few weeks, and will be expanding with another two branches in Jeddah and Riyadh within the coming 12 months. “Our facilities including Danat Al Emarat Hospital, HealthPlus Network of Specialty Services, and Moorfields Eye Hospital Abu Dhabi cover obstetrics and gynecology, fertility, laparoscopy and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, neonatology and pediatrics, general and bariatric surgery, internal medicine, diabetes, rheumatology and endocrinology, pediatric ENT, pediatric gastroenterology, ophthalmology and many other subspecialties in addition to breast imaging and mammogram units,” Mr. Al Shorafa added.

From his side, Dr. Islam Sidky, Obstetrics & Gynecology Consultant, Minimally Invasive Surgeon at Danat Al Emarat Hospital and president of the conference said, “During the first day of the conference, three scientific sessions were held, in which eight scientific papers were discussed. These papers focused on new trends in fetal medicine, early detection of diseases in early stages, mental health amongst pregnant women, diagnosis and treatment of gestational diabetes, kidney diseases, diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy for women and children, IVF and infertility treatments; and vaccinations against cancerous tumors.”

“Some of our key lectures included a presentation by Professor Daniel Sibrebek, Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology from Switzerland, in which he discussed the different medications used in inducing labor,” Dr. Sidky added.

Dr. Islam Sidky also presented a paper about anemia and iron deficiency, in which he explained that anemia caused by iron deficiency is a worldwide problem. Latest researches by World Health Organization (WHO) showed that deaths caused by anemia ranks 13 amongst the causes of death worldwide. He also added that, based on a study by WHO in 2008, 41% of pregnant women worldwide suffer from anemia caused by iron deficiency which is a result of adapting unhealthy lifestyles and unhealthy eating habits.

“Complications from anemia might cause premature birth which requires admitting the baby to NICU and in some cases performing blood transfusion for the mother. The ideal treatment would be to give the pregnant woman the right medication through IV, which is usually given once during pregnancy. This is considered one of the latest treatments used in this field. At the same time, we do advise pregnant women to focus on healthy diets rich in meat and legumes, so they won’t get expo sed to any dangers,” Dr Sidky concluded.

Dr. Sadoon Sami Sadoon, Medical Director, Obstetrics & Gynecology Consultant and Minimally Invasive Surgeon at Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children presented a medical paper about Advanced Endoscopic Surgery in Gynecology. He talked about the importance of Endoscopic Surgery in endometriosis treatment, polycystic ovary syndrome, uterine fibroids and infertility treatments.

He also highlighted the importance of subspecialties in the treatment of these conditions using laparoscopic surgeries, pointing out that Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children brought in three specialized surgeons to establish a specialized center to treat gynecological conditions, using laparoscopic methods in addition to our established Pelvic Pain & Endometriosis Clinic.

He also said, “Danat Al Emarat Hospital receives many cases transferred from other healthcare centers and facilities in Abu Dhabi and around the UAE. These cases include complicated endometriosis cases, polycystic ovary cases, which adversely affect pregnancy and might cause infertility, and because of the advanced ultrasound technologies and advanced endoscopy, we are able to diagnose these cases in early stages and treat them at the right time.”

Dr. Sadoon also presented some complex cases, which were treated with Laparoscopy. He discussed a case for a lady in her twenties suffering from endometriosis, that caused two ovarian cysts sized 6 and 8 centimeters; thus, a laparoscopic surgery was needed to remove the cysts and insure the safety of the ovaries.

The conference will continue tomorrow,Friday, with another four scientific sessions by experts and specialists from United Arab Emirates University, Corniche Hospital, Al Zahra Hospital, Danat Al Emarat Hospital and HealthPlus Fertility; who will further discuss fetal conditions during pregnancy, diagnosis and treatment of gestational diabetes, urinary incontinence in women, diagnostic and therapeutic laparoscopy for women, IVF and infertility treatments.

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13 February 2018 – Abu Dhabi, UAE: Under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Abdulla bin Mohamed Al Hamed, Chairman of Department of Health (DoH), Abu Dhabi hosts the 1st International Gulf Conference of Obstetrics & Gynecology organized by Danat Al Emarat Hospital and HealthPlus Fertility, part of United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical), on 15 and 16 of February 2018 at Rotana Yas Island Hotel in Yas Island. With over 23 experts and speakers, 300 physicians and healthcare professionals from UAE and the region are expected to attend the conference.

His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Hamed stated, “Healthcare services provided for women and children witnessed significant improvements thanks to the guidance and unlimited support of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak “Mother of the Nation”, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation; which contributed to the eradication of many diseases and the reduction of infections amongst children.”

His Excellency further added, “The recent decision to establish an Early Childhood Sector Committee by the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi which was issued recently by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the Executive Council, aims to provide the highest quality of healthcare for women and children in parallel with best international medical practice. This demonstrates Abu Dhabi government’s priorities on continually improving healthcare services provided to women and children.”

Mr. Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa Al Hammadi, CEO and Managing Director of UEMedical said, “We are keen on holding such conferences and scientific meetings, which are primarily aimed at exchanging knowledge, providing continuous medical education to the medical community, and keeping them informed on the latest developments in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and to help transfer global expertise to the region on the latest treatments used for women and the various fertility treatments. This comes in line with the strategies of the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DoH) to improve healthcare services in the Emirate.”

The two-day conference includes six scientific sessions led by 23 experts and speakers from the Faculty of Medicine at United Arab Emirates University, Corniche Hospital, Al Zahra Hospital in Dubai, Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children and HealthPlus Fertility in addition to an international speaker from Switzerland. Alongside the scientific conference, an exhibition will be held showcasing the latest technologies and innovations in the field of obstetrics, gynecology and fertility.”

From his side, the President of the Conference, Dr. Islam Sidky, Obstetrics & Gynecology Consultant, and Minimally Invasive Surgeon at Danat Al Emarat Hospital said, “the scientific sessions will concentrate on new technologies related to mental health and hormonal changes in women, gynecological problems, blood pressure, diabetes during pregnancy, kidney diseases, urinary incontinence in women, monitoring fetus development, and the latest technologies in fertility and IVF. In addition, we will discuss endoscopic surgeries and the importance of vaccinations in preventing cervical cancer and more.”

“This conference is a unique platform to network with a large number of experts in the fields of obstetrics and gynecology, as well as in fertility, and pre-implantation genetic testing and screenings. Moreover, a number of common chronic diseases in women will be covered during the 2-day conference such as endometriosis, fibroids and more,” Dr. Sidky concluded.

The two-day conference, organized by EMA Conferences International, is accredited for 12 hours of Continuous Medical Education (CME).

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7 February 2018 – Abu Dhabi, UAE: Surgeons at Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children in Abu Dhabi, part of United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical), have saved the life of a 48-hour-old Emirati girl who was born with twisted ovaries and bleeding due to large twisted ovarian cyst, the third case of its kind in the world. The newborn underwent a successful 3-hour laparoscopic surgical operation during which both ovaries were restored to normal, bleeding was managed, two cysts were removed, and severe adhesions in the intestines were treated by laparoscopy.

Mr. Mohammed Hamad Al Hameli, Acting Undersecretary at Department of Health – Abu Dhabi stated, “the successful treatment of this rare case and saving the life of this baby girl confirms the level of advancement in Abu Dhabi’s healthcare facilities, that are able to successfully deal with difficult medical conditions through highly qualified medical experts using modern medical technologies. Consequently, these facilities are responsible to maintain the levels they have reached and to constantly strive for improvements in line with the strategy of the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi.”

Mr. Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa Al Hammadi, CEO & MD of UEMedical said, “the capabilities of our medical multi-disciplinary team at Danat Al Emarat Hospital are evident in managing rare and complex cases. The newborn was treated in a timely manner by the hospital’s Pediatric Surgery team and was admitted in the hospital’s level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit led by a team of internationally-trained neonatologists.”

“The hospital is home to a comprehensive scope of subspecialties including fetal medicine, pediatrics and neonatology, pediatric surgery along with an advanced neonatal intensive care unit led by an experienced medical team. Providing these specialties makes Danat Al Emarat a regional referral center for high risk pregnancies, rare cases, sick newborns and premature babies,” he added.

Dr. Raja Cingapagu, Pediatric Surgeon at Danat Al Emarat Hospital, who performed the baby’s successful surgery along with a surgical team of various specialties said, “the newborn girl was born in the week 35 of pregnancy, and the tests revealed that the baby suffered from ovarian torsion and bleeding due to large ovarian cysts in both ovaries sized over 5 cm although the ovary is usually not more than 1 centimeter at this age

He further added, “48 hours after her birth, an urgent surgical operation was decided based on the results of the tests. We had to perform a laparoscopic surgery, during which the cyst was removed from each ovary and both ovaries were untwisted to their normal position. The bleeding was stopped and the accumulated blood was removed. Performing the surgery in the right time was essential in saving the life of the little girl, while keeping the ovaries intact without any complications and without effecting the organs.

“Such cases are very rare worldwide where both ovaries were twisted simultaneously, and at the same time it is considered life-threatening if not treated in the right time eliminating the possibility of disrupting the functions of the ovaries in future,” Dr. Raja said.

He explained that most similar cases which are still not that common occur in one ovary, but it is very rare to occur in the two ovaries at the same time, noting that this case is the third of its kind in the world. The first published case was in 1982 in the United States and the girl passed away, while the second case was reported last year in a European country but complete details were not published.

“The real reasons for such cases are not identified, but it could be caused by the hormones of the mother, which are transmitted through the placenta to the fetus. Sometimes, some of the fetuses may be hypertensive to the circulating hormones from the mother, which affects the ovaries in females causing ovarian hyperplasia, torsion and bleeding,” Dr. Raja added.

The newborn’s father Alanoud Ismail expressed his gratitude for saving the life of his newborn. He said, “when doctors informed me of my daughter’s condition and the treatment plan, I did not hesitate to proceed with their decision to perform this urgent surgery to save her life. I trusted the physicians’ decision; and from here I thank the management of the hospital and physicians for their efforts with my daughter. After surgery, my newborn stayed for 5 days in the NICU before we get discharged, and now we visit the pediatrics clinic within the hospital every few months for general follow ups.”

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SickKids trained Physicians to Provide Pediatric Care in Danat Al Emarat Hospital

17 January 2018, Abu Dhabi – UAE: Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children and HealthPlus Network of Specialty Centers, part of United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical) Group, announced today a clinical partnership agreement with The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), affiliated with University of Toronto in Canada, to collaborate and advance Pediatric Services in Abu Dhabi. The collaboration entails the exchange of experience and knowledge; training physicians and nurses; placing SickKids trained physicians at Danat Al Emarat Hospital to care for complicated cases utilizing SickKids international clinical protocols and standards.

The agreement was endorsed by the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DoH) and the Canadian Embassy in UAE. The agreement was announced in Abu Dhabi by Mr. Majd Abu Zant, Chief Operating Officer at UEMedical and Mr. Jeff Mainland, Executive Vice President at SickKids in presence of Mr. Mohammed Hamad Al Hameli, Acting Undersecretary at DoH; H.E. Masud Husain, Canadian Ambassador in the UAE; H.E. Sultan Al Harbi, UAE Consul General in Toronto; Ms. Cathy Seguin, Vice President SickKids International and a number of senior officials from both parties.

After the signing ceremony, Mr. Mohammed Hamad Al Hameli, Acting Undersecretary at DoH said, “Bringing in specialized pediatric service lines in the private sector helps fill in capacity gaps which were announced recently by DoH. Moreover, such international partnerships represent another step for Abu Dhabi healthcare sector to provide the people of the UAE with quality care comparable to international standards and bringing in international expertise and medical excellence to the region. It also comes in line with the DoH strategic priorities in enhancing tertiary pediatric care accessibility, and improving clinical outcomes through partnering with world renowned academic medical institutions.”

From his side, the Canadian Ambassador H.E. Masud Husain stated, “Canada is well-known for its strong healthcare infrastructure and leads in medical research and innovation. We are indeed proud to witness and to support the collaboration between SickKids and Danat Al Emarat Hospital in bringing Canadian medical expertise to the UAE. This is reflective of the strong ties and the mutual trust between the UAE and Canada.”

“In line with our commitment to advance pediatric care in Abu Dhabi, our partnership with the internationally renowned SickKids Hospital aims to enhance the quality of tertiary pediatric services at Danat Al Emarat Hospital. It represents a crucial milestone in UEMedical’s strategy to sustain one of the finest private health systems for the Emirate,” said Mr. Abu Zant from UEMedical. “To complement Danat Al Emarat’s well-established Pediatrics Department and its full-fledge 23-bed Neonatal Intensive Care level III which is considered one of the largest in Abu Dhabi private sector, we looked at highly demanded clinical specialties which are not available in the private sector and people travel abroad for. Thus, the initial services that will be supported by SickKids will include pediatric orthopedics, pediatric gastroenterology, pediatric pulmonology and pediatric neurology. SickKids trained physicians will be working at Danat Al Emarat Hospital and will provide care for complicated and rare cases.”

“We are really pleased to announce today our clinical partnership agreement with Danat Al Emarat Hospital & HealthPlus Children’s Center and to bring SickKids expertise to the community of Abu Dhabi and the UAE. We have cared for many Emirati kids suffering from complex life-threatening diseases in the past decade and have considered transferring our expertise closer to patients’ home.  We were very selective with whom to partner with, UEMedical and SickKids share similar visions and values, thus, our partnership is aiming to jointly improve children’s health through healthcare integration, research and education. We certainly anticipate a long-lasting partnership with UEMedical that benefits the health outcomes for children in UAE and the region,” said Ms. Seguin from SickKids.

The agreement also entails physicians from Danat Al Emarat Hospital to be trained at SickKids in Canada as well as contributing to studies and medical research.

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02 January 2018, Abu Dhabi: The Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DoH), announced the launch of “Mabrouk Ma Yak” service at Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children, part of the United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical) in Abu Dhabi, as part of the Department’s keenness to expand the implementation of this service in public and private hospitals in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

The Ministry of Interior has previously implemented “Mabrouk Ma Yak” service through the 100-day challenge to complete all official documents of newborns for UAE nationals. It is part of the Government’s Accelerators and aims to reduce the client’s visits from seven to only one visit, in which all official documents of the newborn are received, including the birth certificate, passport, and Emirates ID card and updating the family book and Population Register.

His Excellency Shaikh Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Hamid, Chairman of Department of Health – Abu Dhabi said, “we are proud to launch Mabrouk Ma Yak service in private hospitals in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, who play a vital role in providing advanced health services to patients in compliance with the best international standards.”

He stressed on the commitment of the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi to support and facilitate healthcare services and programs in both the public and private sectors to enhance the customers experience and satisfaction. “The service of issuing Birth Certificates at hospitals was launched earlier this year at the private sector,” His Excellency added. “The implementation of “Mabrouk Ma Yak” service will save time and effort on the parents of newborns through obtaining all the necessary documents for the newborn including the birth certificate and passport application, etc. in one visit at the hospital.”

From his side, Mr. Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa Al Hammadi, CEO of United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical) announced that the cost of the service provided for the first 100 newborn babies registered in Mabrouk Ma Yak service are covered by United Eastern Medical Services. “I would like to express our gratitude to the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi for the constructive cooperation and trust, and for selecting Danat Al Emarat Hospital to first launch the service in the private sector.  The Department of Health – Abu Dhabi has always been encouraging and supporting the private sector who is a strategic partner in the provision of advanced healthcare services in the Emirate,” Mr. Al Shorafa added.

Mr. Al Shorafa stated, “Danat Al Emarat Hospital has welcomed over 6010 newborns since October 2015, of which 3375 were UAE nationals. The new service will benefit many of our patients. The hospital management has made all the necessary arrangements and preparations in coordination with the concerned departments by completing the electronic link with the governmental authorities to start the implementation of “Mabrouk Ma Yak” service. A specialized team was also hired in the hospital to ensure the speed of delivery of this service for newborns.”

The process of the new service starts with entering the family data from the documents submitted to the hospital in the mother’s file after giving birth, then visiting the office of “Mabrouk Ma Yak” service in the hospital to fill in some information and take a photo for the baby. An SMS message containing an electronic link will then be sent to the parent to complete the request electronically by simple and easy steps. After that, the parent is contacted to collect all documents related to the newborn from the Ministry of Interior, which includes the birth certificate, passport and Emirates ID card, in addition to including the newborn in the population register and the family book.

“Mabrouk Ma Yak” service, which has been implemented in a number of public hospitals and in Danat Al Emarat Hospital as the first private hospital to implement this service, is one of the projects aimed to provide quick and easy services to customers that were launched by the Emirates Program for Excellence in Government Services last year.

This service was developed by the Government Accelerators working team in collaboration with key partners in the federal and local governments in issuing the newborn documents, namely the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Health, Department of Health Abu Dhabi, Dubai Health Authority, Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, Ministry of Finance, Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Center, Smart Dubai, Emirates Post and last but not least Johnson & Johnson.

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1 January 2018, Abu Dhabi: Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children in Abu Dhabi farewelled 2017 with the birth of six girls including a set of twins and four boys on the last day of 2017; while two Emirati newborns entered the world during the first few hours of New Year Day 2018.

The first baby girl born in 2018 was delivered by Dr Shakeela Irfan, Specialist Obstetrics & Gynecology at Danat Al Emarat hospital.   Dr Shakeela said, “the baby decided to join the family on this special occasion for all and double the joy of her parents. Both baby and mother are in good health.” The baby’s father, Mr. Khalifa Al Qamzi – UAE National, said “Joining us on the first day of Year of Zayed was a memorable surprise and our joy is now doubled. We named her Naema, and her siblings were waiting for her. It is a blessed year for us all – Year of Zayed.”

Family of Mr Abdulrahman Al Katheeri welcomed their daughter at 9 am of 1st January 2018. Mr. Al Katheeri, UAE National, said, “Our newborn is the third in the family and we named her Hissa. She was due to be with us on 28th December, but she waited for another three days to join us on this very special day. She was delivered by Dr. Shakeela Irfan, Specialist Obstetrics & Gynecology at the hospital. Welcoming our baby today, we have started the year with happiness and blessings on the first day of Year of Zayed, and from here I would wish our beloved country continuous prosperity and success.”

Vino Nallaya, CEO of Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women and Children said, “We are happy to welcome the 12 newborns at Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women and Children on the last day of 2017 and first day of the New Year. All 12 babies and mothers are doing well and are in good health.”

“Including our 12 newborns, 6000 babies have been born at our hospital since the hospital welcomed the first newborn in October 2015; including 3100 boys and 2900 girls; of which 3365 were UAE Nationals.  All these precious bundles of joy were managed by our 75 medical team members of obstetricians, pediatricians and neonatologists. We expect to welcome another 6 babies by the end of today,” she added.

The hospital distributed flowers and gifts for all patients and children who are spending the New Year Day at the hospital.

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Press Opening ABU DHABI, 6th December, 2017 (WAM) — H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, GWU, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, FDF, today officially inaugurated Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women and Children in Abu Dhabi, part of United Eastern Medical Services, UEMedical.

After unveiling the memorial plaque during the inauguration, H.H. Sheikha Fatima affirmed that, under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE is committed to provide the best healthcare services to all citizens and residents, as people are the real wealth of any society, pointing out that UAE intensely focuses on the health sector and has established an advanced network of hospitals and health centres to provide comprehensive and advanced specialised healthcare services to its people.

She said, “The UAE leadership has built the infrastructure needed to provide high quality care, specifically for women and children, through specialised hospitals and medical centres, which contributes in raising the bar of excellence in healthcare offered to mothers and children and achieving clinical outcomes in parallel with international statistics in terms of reducing perinatal and neonatal mortality rates.”
Her Highness also assured that the UAE supports the private sector, which is considered a main partner in the provision of healthcare services along with the government sector. And today the private sector’s role is evident in providing quality healthcare services, including specialised services, which was supported by the successful implementation of the healthcare insurance for almost ten years.
Sheikha Fatima added that establishing a specialised hospital for women and children in the private sector aims to provide advanced services for this important segment, and helps in improving health services delivery through attracting qualified and experienced clinicians and introducing advanced technologies which can help in diagnosing and treating different diseases in compliance with the best international standards.

She praised the quality of the healthcare services provided for mothers and children in Abu Dhabi, pointing out that Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women and Children is one of the essential facilities in Abu Dhabi, which has been contributing significantly to the advancement of the healthcare sector in the Emirate.

Her Highness toured the hospital and visited different departments including the labor and delivery rooms, the pediatrics clinics, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, NICU, the mammogram unit and the minimal invasive gynecologic surgery department. During the tour, Sheikha Fatima was briefed about the nature and type of the specialised services that the hospital provides, and the future plans of the UEMedical group, which also includes HealthPlus Network of Specialty Centers and Moorfields Eye Hospital Abu Dhabi besides Danat Al Emarat Hospital.

An overview about the hospital’s fetal medicine department was also presented to Her Highness with a short brief about its role in diagnosing fetuse malformations in early stages of pregnancy. The department encompasses the latest medical equipment and technologies, and is staffed by experienced physicians specialised in fetal medicine aiming to prevent any complications that might affect the growth of the fetus. The fetal medicine department is one of the most important medical units in the hospital that works closely with its pediatric surgery department and the 23-bedded NICU, which are managed by specialised physicians and nurses in neonatology, and are equipped with the latest technologies to support preterm babies.

Her Highness was also briefed on the community outreach programmes that the hospital will organise throughout the year, to spread awareness and promote healthy lifestyles in the society, contributing to building healthier societies starting from an early age; in addition to the hospital’s educational programmes geared towards women during prenatal and postnatal stages.

During the inauguration ceremony, Mr. Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa Al Hammadi, Managing Director and CEO of UEMedical, expressed his profound gratitude to Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak for inaugurating the hospital and visiting its different departments.
Mr. Al Hammadi praised Her Highness for her unconditional support when it comes to mothers and children healthcare services in UAE; affirming that her great attention towards prevention programmes, especially children’s vaccination programmes contributed to the eradication of many diseases and the reduction of infections, besides her support to all other healthcare services provided to mothers and children in line with Department of Health – Abu Dhabi strategies and visions.

Mr. Al Shorafa also revealed that Danat Al Emarat Hospital management has plans to increase its bed capacity in the next few years in line with the high demand for specialised health services. The second stage will include an identical building next to the main current building located in Abu Dhabi Gate City. He explained that the current building capacity is 150 beds, valued at AED600 million, and the second building’s capacity will include 90 beds, valued at AED200 million, which includes labor and delivery wards, in addition to all different surgical and medical specialties for women and children.
Mr. Al Shorafa said, “Since the hospital welcomed the first newborn in October 2015, the number of female patients exceeded 23,000, and pediatric patients exceeded 15,000. As of today, newborns delivered at the hospital reached 5,700, of which 3,100 were UAE Nationals, and the number of children and women surgeries performed reached 1,650 surgeries. The hospital also welcomed 65,380 visits in the outpatient clinics during 2016, and has doubled to 111,000 visits in 2017 until end of November, which demonstrates the high demand for specialised women and children specialties.”
Danat Al Emarat specialties include an extensive obstetrics and gynecology department, laparoscopy and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, fetal medicine, neonatology and pediatrics, a 23-bed NICU level III, an Intensive Care Unit specialised for women, internal medicine, diabetes, rheumatology and endocrinology, surgical specialties, pediatric cardiology, pediatric ENT, and many other specialised services in addition to breast imaging and mammogram units.

More than 500 staff are employed at the hospital, including 75 physicians and 300 nurses and technicians. The hospital encompasses ten specialised labor and delivery rooms, four rooms operating rooms, one room for minor surgeries, same-day surgeries and laparoscopic surgeries. Its highly specialised NICU includes 23 beds of level III. The hospital also operates a 3-bed ICU for women, and a Pediatric ICU, PICU, that includes two beds.

Mr. Al Shorafa assured that the group and hospital’s management vision revolve around providing comprehensive healthcare services for women and children, under the care of top notch physicians in different medical specialties, ensuring the best healthcare services in compliance with international standards.

Noura Al Suwaidi, Director of the GWU, along with a number of officials attended the inauguration.

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Press newborns2 December 2017, Abu Dhabi: Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children in Abu Dhabi welcomed a total of 10 newborns (4 boys and 6 girls) during the first few hours of the 46th UAE National Day.

The first baby was born one minute after 12 midnight, and weighed 3.4 Kg and is the third child for the family. His father, Hamdan Mohamad Hasan Al Hammadi said, “the baby is our third, after one boy and one girl who are overwhelmed with his birth today. He is in good health thanks to Allah and we have named him Mohammed. We are extremely proud to have him join us on the first minute of UAE National Day. From here, we would like to congratulate UAE leaders, government and the people of UAE on this very special day.”

Dr Aseel Al Youzbaki, Specialist Obstetrics & Gynecology at Danat Al Emarat Hospital, who delivered the first baby on UAE National Day said, “the baby was due in 10 days but decided to join the family on this special occasion for all and double the joy of his parents and us at the hospital. Both baby and mother are in good health.”

The second newborn weighed 3.35 Kg and was delivered at 12:05 after midnight. Her father, Mohammed Alsantarisi said, “Having our baby girl at this time of the year is very special to our hearts. We have named our new bundle of joy Sama, and she has three older brothers. She was due to join us today 2nd December, and this is what happened. We would like to congratulate UAE leaders, government and the people of UAE on this very special day, the 46th UAE National Day.”

A pair of twins were also born at Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women and Children at 12:51 am on UAE National Day.. The Emirati twins (one girl and one boy) weighed 1.84 kg and 2.42 Kg respectively. Their father said, “We would like to congratulate UAE leaders, government and the people of UAE on this very special day that is very dear to our hearts. The birth of our twins on this special night was a surprise for us, and now the memorable occasion is tripled for us. We are very thankful for this blessing.”

A second pair of twins were also delivered at 8 am on UAE National Day at the hospital. Their father, Yahya Ali Al Ghubbari, said, “We are extremely happy that our twins were delivered on the UAE National Day. Their older sister was waiting for them and is so pleased to meet them today. We named them Hissa and Rowdha and we thank Allah for their good health. We from here congratulate UAE leadership and people on the 46th National Day.”

Vino Nallaya, CEO of Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women and Children said, “We are happy to welcome the 10 newborns at Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women and Children on the first few hours of the 46th UAE National Day. All 10  babies and mothers are doing well and are in good health.”

“Including our 10 newborns  today, 5616 babies have been born at our hospital since the hospital welcomed the first newborn in October 2015; including 2910 boys and 2706 girls; of which 3086 were UAE Nationals.  All these precious bundles of joy were managed by our 75 medical team members of obstetricians, pediatricians and neonatologists. We expect to welcome another 6 babies by the end of today,” she added.

The hospital distributed flowers and gifts for all patients and children who are spending the UAE National Day at the hospital.

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ChairmanAbu Dhabi, 15 November 2017: Following a visit to Danat Al Emarat Hospital; for Women and Children in Abu Dhabi, His Excellency Shaikh Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Hamid, Chairman of Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, emphasized the importance of the private sector role in the delivery and advancement of healthcare services in Abu Dhabi. Al Hamed highlighted the importance of collaboration between the public and private sectors and its impact on health services delivery and quality in the Emirate.

H.E. Shaikh Abdullah Al Hamid said: “The private sector is playing a vital role in providing integrated and specialized healthcare services. In compliance with the best international standards, the private sector is building state-of-the-art facilities, attracting and retaining qualified medical staff, using and investing in advanced medical technologies, and collaborating with reputed international healthcare management companies. This is contributing to the betterment of healthcare sector in Abu Dhabi.”  “We are proud to witness the success of Danat Al Emarat, a local entity managed and operated by UAE Nationals, providing high quality healthcare services to our community.”

Al Hamid stressed that the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, the healthcare regulator in Abu Dhabi, is striving to improve the healthcare services offered to our people; the true wealth in any society.”

Mr. Mohammed Al Hameli, Acting General Director at the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, accompanied his Excellency during the visit. Mr. Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa Al Hammadi, Managing Director & CEO of United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical) gave a detailed presentation on the vision and strategy of UEMedical group, which includes Danat Al Emarat Hospital, HealthPlus Network of Specialty Centers and Moorfields Eye Hospital Abu Dhabi.

“His Excellency visit today coincides with the hospital’s second anniversary and the birth of the first baby in the hospital on 28 October 2015,” Mr. Al Shorafa stated. “Since the hospital opening, the number of women patients exceeded 23000, and pediatric patients exceeded 15000. The newborns delivered at the hospital reached 5300, of which 2995 were UAE Nationals, and the number of children & women surgeries performed reached 1600 surgeries.”

The hospital, managed by an Emirati leadership, welcomed more than 65000 visits in the outpatient clinics during 2016, with a capacity of 150 inpatient beds. It has plans to increase its bed capacity in the next few years in line with the high demand for health services.

Danat Al Emarat specialties include an extensive obstetrics & gynecology department, laparoscopy and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, fetal medicine, neonatology & pediatrics, 23-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) level III, Women Intensive Care Unit (ICU), internal medicine, diabetes, rheumatology and endocrinology, surgical specialties, pediatric cardiology, pediatric ENT, and many other specialized services in addition to breast imaging and mammogram units. More than 500 physicians and clinicians are employed at the hospital, including 70 doctors, 300 nurses. The hospital encompasses 10 specialized labor and delivery rooms, 4 rooms operating rooms (OR), 1 room for minor surgeries, same-day surgeries and laparoscopic surgeries. Its highly specialized NICU includes 23 beds of level III. The hospital also operates an a 3-bed ICU for women, and a Pediatric ICU (PICU) that includes 2 beds.

During the visit, His Excellency was also accompanied by Mr. Majd Abu Zant, CEO of HealthPlus Specialty Centers, part of UEMedical group; Mrs. Vino Nallaya, CEO of Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children; Dr. Thomas Kunt, Chief Medical Officer as well as other officials from UEMedical group.

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pressDanat Al Emarat Hospital Launches Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Health Talks, Screenings and Sports Activities throughout the Month of October in collaboration with Key Universities, Schools and Corporate Organizations

Abu Dhabi – 4 October 2017: In line with the strategies of the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children, part of United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical), launched its 3rd Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign during the month of October in collaboration with key universities in Abu Dhabi, schools and corporate organizations. The hospital is organizing a series of over 30 health talks and activities to raise awareness on the importance of breast screening and early detection of breast cancer. Such awareness initiatives come in line with the World Breast Cancer Month celebrated world-wide and in Abu Dhabi in collaboration with the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi to raise awareness amongst women from all ages encouraging them to perform self-breast examinations and undergo regular screenings of breast cancer.

Awareness talks about breast cancer and the importance of early detection are to be held at Danat Al Emarat Hospital every Thursday in October at 10 am in English and Arabic.

The hospital announced that since October 2015 until October 2017, 2900 women underwent breast diagnostic and regular screenings at the Breast Imaging & Mammography Unit at the hospital, out of which 21 cases were histologically malignant (cancerous).

Dr. Thomas Kunt, Chief Medical Officer at UEMedical said, “Health education is one of our group’s priorities throughout the year, aiming to detect diseases in early stages in order to get better clinical outcomes. Our campaigns also focus on the nutrition side where our team educates the community on the importance of healthy eating habits in diseases’ prevention.”

“Our physicians will be reaching out to high school students and mothers in general through universities, schools and nurseries. Health campaigns play a major role in raising awareness amongst communities which we have witnessed at Danat Al Emarat Hospital as we see the number of women who underwent breast cancer screenings had drastically increased this year compared to previous years,” Dr. Thomas added. “It is worth mentioning that Danat Al Emarat Hospital is accredited by the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi as a center for breast screening in Abu Dhabi. The radiology department at the hospital has advanced equipment, including state-of-the-art mammogram units and ultrasound devices.”

Vino Nallaya, CEO of Danat Al Emarat Hospital said, “Our campaign has commenced by our multi-disciplinary team from Danat Al Emarat Hospital and HealthPlus Network of Specialty Centers. In line with our aim to improve women’s overall health, we are holding a series of awareness talks and offering all participants complimentary invitation for breast screening at the hospital. During these talks, our gynecologists and family medicine physicians will be speaking about women’s health, breast self-examinations, breast screening protocols and the importance of early detection. The earlier a tumor is detected and treated, the better the outcomes. Nutritionists will also speak about healthy eating habits.”.

She further added, “As we aim to reach out to females in the younger age group, several awareness events will be held at key universities and schools in Abu Dhabi including Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, GEMS World Academy and others. Students above 16 years old and their parents are invited to attend these talks.”

“We also engaged with several other active women’s groups in Abu Dhabi and our team will be at the Pink Ladies Golf Day at Yas Links Abu Dhabi on October 18th,” Ms. Nallaya added. “Danat Al Emarat Hospital is also the Healthcare Partner at the 2017 ADCB Zayed Sports City Pink 5&10K Run presented by Daman Activelife and organized by Gulf Multi Sports on October 13. Besides participating as a healthcare partner for the event, 50 employees of Danat Al Emarat will participate in the run to sweat for Breast Cancer awareness.”, Ms. Nallaya concluded.

From his side, Dr. Marwan Munir Kamil, Head of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Danat Al Emarat Hospital said, “Such awareness campaigns play a vital role in raising awareness amongst women and families in the community. From year to year, we see more engagement and more interest from organizations and social groups in the community to join efforts in delivering well organized educational events.”

“The aim is to encourage women to undergo the needed screenings, adapt healthy lifestyles and perform breast self-exams every month; emphasizing on the necessity of early diagnosis and periodic examinations in order to detect the disease in its early stages, which leads to higher survival rates. International studies confirm that early diagnosis of breast cancer lead to higher survival rates of above 90%,  whereas the survival rates of late diagnosis—stages 2 and 3—ranged between 60% and 70%,” he concluded.

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EidDanat Al Emarat Hospital in Abu Dhabi welcomes 4 newborns during the first few hours of Eid Al Adha 

Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children in Abu Dhabi welcomed a total of 6 newborns (5 boys and 1 girl) on Arafat Day, and another 4 newborns (2 boys and 2 girls)  the first few hours of Eid Al Adha.

The first baby was born at 4:15 am on the first day of Eid Al Adha, and weighed 3 Kg and is the fourth child for the family. Her father, Omar Bakheet Tamatem Al Menhali said, “the baby is in good health and we have named her Mathayel. We are extremely happy to have her join us on the first hours of Eid Al Adha. From here, we would like to congratulate UAE leaders, government and the people of UAE on this very special day. Mathayel, has a brother and two sisters, who are overwhelmed with her birth today.”

A pair of twins were also born at Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women and Children at 11:55 pm on Arafa Day, the night of the first day of Eid Al Adha. The twins (two boys) are the first children for the family and weighed 1.8 kg each. Mr Abdel Qader Darwish, the father of the twins, said “The birth of our twins on this blessed night was a surprise for us, and now the memorable occasion is tripled for us. We named them Mohamoud and Ahmed. We are very thankful for this blessing.”
The twins were delivered by Dr Rihan Saafan, Consultant Obstetrics & Gynecology at Danat Al Emarat Hospital.   Dr Rihan said, “Multiple pregnancies are associated with higher possibility of early delivery. The twins were due in the third week of October but decided to join the family on this special occasion for all and triple the joy of their parents and ours. Both babies and mother are in good health.”

Vino Nallaya, CEO of Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women and Children said, “We are happy to welcome the nine newborns at Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women and Children on Arafat Day and the first few hours of Eid Al Adha. All 10  babies and mothers are doing well and are in good health.”

“Including our 10 newborns, 4445 babies have been born at our hospital since we opened in October 2015; including 2313 boys and 2132 girls; of which 2775 were UAE Nationals.  All these precious bundles of joy were managed by our 70 medical team members of obstetricians, pediatricians and neonatologists. We expect to welcome another 4 babies by the end of today,” she added.

The hospital distributed flowers and gifts for all patients and children who are spending the Eid Al Adha at the hospital.

 

 

 

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2Abu Dhabi, 14 August, 2017: Today Al Hilal Bank distributed car seats for newborns at Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children in Abu Dhabi, part of United Eastern Medical Services, as part of its new initiative for promoting child safety in the UAE. Leaders and employees from Al Hilal Bank, along with staff from Danat Al Emarat Hospital, were in attendance as local families were the first to receive the vital safety equipment that can save lives. The Car Seat initiative forms part of the bank’s long-term Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program and comes in line with Danat Al Emarat Hospital’s continuous initiatives towards promoting health awareness and enforcing child safety.

Commenting on the launch of the new community initiative, Alex Coelho, the CEO of Al Hilal Bank, stated: “In the first half of 2017 the UAE’s Ministry of Interior revealed that 9 children had died and more than 100 were injured as a result of not using children’s car seats. This loss to the community can be avoided and our initiative to provide car seats to families in the UAE is, therefore, both a timely and important one. At Hilal Bank we take CSR very seriously and are proud to play a role in providing support to local families and help promote broad child safety culture in the UAE.”

Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa Al Hammadi, CEO & MD of United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical) stressed on the importance of such campaigns and initiatives witnessed throughout the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the UAE. “Partnering with Al Hilal Bank in this initiative is truly an honor as we join efforts in promoting awareness amongst the population of UAE on child safety,” Mr. Al Shorafa said.

YouGov-led research sampling parents in the UAE, found that the majority of parents still do not believe in the importance of car seats. An astonishing 34% saw no necessity to buy them, 28% do not know which seat to buy, while 15% believe that passengers holding children is safe enough. By tightening traffic controls and fixing misconceptions surrounding child safety on UAE roads, change could be made that saves the lives of thousands of children a year.

To address this critical societal need, Al Hilal Bank has joined forces with Danat Al Emarat Hospital in Abu Dhabi and partnered with two other leading hospitals in Abu Dhabi and Dubai to offer free car seats for new parents.

The program will be complemented by an extensive car seat awareness campaign on social media and across Al Hilal Bank branches, with the objective of reinforcing the importance of car safety for children. Mr. Coelho added: “Al Hilal Bank’s objective is to have a lasting impact on the community. Our Child Safety Campaign is designed to make a material impact in many areas of child safety, such as the prevention of food intoxication, car suffocation, pool drowning, cyber space, car seats, CPR, among others. As a community Bank we will also deploy AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) in all our branches. We owe it to our community and to the people we serve.”

Speaking about the car seat giveaways, Vino Nallaya, the CEO of Danat Al Emarat, commented: “As a women and children’s hospital, we have an immense responsibility towards mothers and children, both as our patients and as part of the community. Specializing in high-risk pregnancies and neonatology care, this initiative comes in line with our objectives in serving the babies and helping them remain safe on UAE roads. Al Hilal Bank and Danat Al Emarat Hospital share a core belief and we are proud to move forward together in supporting the local community.”

The distribution of car seats is in line with Federal Traffic Law No. 21 1995, as amended per Ministerial Resolutions 177 and 178 of 2017, aiming to protect the lives of children from their leading cause of death in the UAE; traffic accidents.

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During the breastfeeding talk todayPhysicians confirm that Breast Milk Helps with Baby’s Brain Development

Abu Dhabi, 6 August 2017: On the occasion of World Breastfeeding Week celebrated from 1 – 7 August of every year, Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women and Children in Abu Dhabi hosted two educational workshops this week both in English and Arabic. The workshops come in line with Danat Al Emarat Hospital’s drive to provide world-class health services for women and children and improving the long-term health of the community. Both talks were attended by over 75 mothers-to-be.

Led by a team of experts from Danat Al Emarat Hospital, the workshops focused on preparing expectant mothers for the vital days, weeks and months after their babies are born, encouraging them to breastfeed and providing them with the knowledge and confidence to successfully manage it.

Physicians said that international studies and research confirm that breastfeeding helps with the brain development of the baby because of the proteins found in breast milk and that children who were breastfed for at least 6 months had better learning and thinking development. Obstetricians also spoke about the benefits of Colostrum the first few days of delivery that includes a lot of antibodies to protect the newborn against diseases and infections.

“Breastfeeding also enforces the development of the babies’ jaw and teeth, and improves vision in addition to creating a special bond between the newborn and the mother. For the baby, benefits include reduced incidence of gastroenteritis, ear infections, respiratory infection, urinary tract infections, childhood obesity, asthma and eczema and others as per international studies,” Dr. Gowri Ramanathan, Chair of Women’s Services and Head of Fetal Medicine at Danat Al Emarat Hospital said. “The benefits are tremendous and extend beyond providing your children with the needed nutrients and vitamins, to supplying them with disease-fighting substances that protect from many illnesses, in addition to boosting their intelligence. Breastfeeding also helps improve mothers’ health.”

One of the speakers also stated that mothers who breastfeed have reduced incidence of ovarian cancer, breast cancer, hip fractures in later life, postnatal depression, post-partum haemorrhage and helps with weight control. The women were also educated on the difference between breast milk and formula milk, as more healthy elements are only found in breast milk including anti-inflammatory enzymes, hormones and other rich nutrients.

“We are pleased to engage with future mothers during such educational gatherings. Education is one of the key milestones towards a healthier community. We are proud that of the 4100 mothers who delivered in our hospital since we opened back in October 2015. Most of the mothers were educated on breastfeeding during such talks; and at our monthly antenatal classes; and during physician’s consultations. In   addition, breastfeeding education is also provided during their stay in hospital after delivery,” said Vino Nallaya, CEO of Danat Al Emarat Hospital.

During the workshop sessions, mothers-to-be listened attentively to presentations on the benefits of breastfeeding and received practical and useful information on the benefits of breastfeeding to the mom and the baby.

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year, in over 170 countries around the globe, from 1 to 7 August and aims to raise awareness of the health and wellbeing benefits of breastfeeding for mothers, children and the long term public health for everyone.

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Mazna and Saif born at Danat Al Emarat التوأم

Danat Al Emarat Hospital welcomes 4 newborns including a twin by the time Eid was announced

A pair of twins were born at Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women and Children by the time Eid was announced. The twin (girl and boy) are the first children for the family and weighed 2 kg each. Mr Humaid Saeed A Badi, the father of the twins, said “The birth of our twins by the time Eid was declared was a surprise for us, and now the memorable occasion is doubled for us. We named our first newborn, the girl – Mazna, and our second newborn, the boy – Saif. We are very thankful for this blessing. From here, we would like to congratulate UAE leaders, government and the people of UAE on this very special day.”

The twins were delivered by Dr Zahraa Mehsen, Consultant Obstetrics & Gynecology and Fetal Medicine at Danat Al Emarat Hospital. Dr Zahraa said, “The twins were due in two weeks but decided to join the family on this special occasion for all and double the joy of their parents and ours. Both baby and mother are in good health.”

Baby Mohammed Al Mansouri was born at 11:40, and weighed 3 Kg and is the second child for the family. His father said, “the baby is in good health and we have named him Mohammed. We are extremely happy to have him join us on after Eid was declared. From here, we would like to congratulate UAE leaders, government and the people of UAE on this very special day.”

Vino Nallaya, CEO of Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women and Children said, “We are happy to welcome the four newborns at Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women and Children right after Eid was declared. All 4 babies and mothers are doing well and are in good health. During the Holy Month of Ramadan, a total of 365 were born at our hospital, including 161 boys and 164 girls. Out of the 365 newborns, 174 were UAE Nationals.

“Including our 4 newborns, 3660 babies have been born at our hospital since we opened in October 2015. All these precious bundles of joy were managed by our 70 medical team members of obstetricians, pediatricians and neonatologists. We expect to welcome another 3 babies by end of today,” she added.

The hospital distributed flowers and gifts for all patients who are spending the UAE National day at the hospital.

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The 1st Natural Cesarean Section in UAE

June 20th, 2017 by DAE Admin

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German Mom Undergoes Natural Cesarean Section at Danat Al Emarat Hospital in Abu Dhabi

Direct skin to skin contact between the mom and her baby during delivery has many benefits and boosts infant immunity

25 May 2017 – Abu Dhabi: An obstetrician at Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women and Children in Abu Dhabi, part of United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical) performed the 1st Natural Cesarean section for a German mom delivering her first baby girl. This came following the request of the mother who was medically unable to deliver naturally; and wished for making the birth of her first baby as close as possible to a normal delivery.

The technique of a Natural Cesarean section was described and reported in London back in 2008; and very few hospitals worldwide are performing this type of procedure.

“In this natural cesarean section, just after baby’s head was out of the mother’s womb, the cloth barrier between the parents and the surgical team was lowered to enable the mom and dad to watch their baby being delivered, which was in a slower manner. This allows the baby to be born into a calmer environment; popping out of the small incision made in the abdomen of the mom, wriggling and pushing its shoulders and body out on its own over a few minutes. Once the baby was delivered, she was immediately placed on the mother’s chest for early skin-to-skin contact, with the umbilical cord still attached. Delayed cord clamping, which means clamping the umbilical cord only once the pulsations have stopped allows for more nutrients and more benefits for the baby,” Dr. Gowri Ramanathan, Chair of Women’s Services, Consultant Obstetrics & Gynecology at Danat Al Emarat Hospital who performed the natural cesarean section explained.

“Early skin-to-skin contact has several benefits for the baby; including stabilizing baby’s pulse, reducing high cortisone levels, control of breathing and body temperature, immunization against bacteria, and control of blood sugar levels. It also increases breastfeeding rates. During the few first hours after giving birth, and after cutting the umbilical cord; the mother and her baby were covered calmly together,” Dr. Gowri added.

“At all times during this natural caesarean section, safety to the mother and baby was prioritized,” Dr. Gowri stated. “It was indeed a very exciting moment for the parents; and for us as a team. The set-up in the Operating Room was somewhat different than the usual cesarean section; and there was a multidisciplinary team involved including the anesthesiologist, midwives and a team of nurses and technicians.”

Vino Nallaya, CEO of Danat Al Emarat Hospital said, ‘As a specialized hospital in women and children care, we are proud to perform the first natural cesarean section at our hospital; and are extremely proud of our medical team for making our patient’s wish come true.”

The baby weighed 3500 grams; and was born in week 39 of pregnancy; and was given a nickname by her parents and the hospital – The Natural One.

Watch the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzB8EG5jtlE to hear from the Consultant Anesthesiology Dr. Zofia Kotyra; the Midwife Ms. Saloua Al Azzabi; and the mom and father after the birth of their first baby through the natural cesarean section at Danat Al Emarat Hospital in Abu Dhabi.

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Considered one of the rare case

5-hour surgery to reinsert the newborn’s organs into their internal cavity successfully

Abu Dhabi – 20 May 2017: Surgeons in Abu Dhabi saved a newborn with a deformity consisting of small intestine, and the whole liver to extrude outside his trunk, hanging in a huge spherical shape sealed by thin membranous lining at the level of umbilicus. The newborn underwent a major surgery 2 weeks after birth which lasted for five hours and was completed successfully.

Dr. Raja Cingapagu, Pediatric Surgeon, at Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children in Abu Dhabi who performed the surgery, stated that “The newborn was diagnosed at 12 weeks of pregnancy at the hospital’s Fetal Medicine Unit, which was essential to prepare a treatment plan by different specialties at the hospital including the obstetricians, the fetal medicine specialists, the pediatric surgeons and the neonatologists. The mother was placed under observation until delivery which was scheduled at the 37th week of pregnancy.”

Dr. Raja added that “Tests performed on the fetus during pregnancy and the newborn after birth showed absent muscles in the central abdomen around the navel, which led to parts of the stomach, small intestine, and liver extruding outside the abdomen in a spherical sac measuring around 7 centimeters in diameter. The sac was sealed by the umbilical cord lining, which allowed the organs to remain well preserved while outside of the body.”

“It was decided to perform the surgery to return the organs inside the abdominal cavity and to treat the hernia closing the abdominal wall muscles. However, this required preparing the newborn using a pressure belt around the sac of organs to reduce its size and increase the capacity of abdomen to accommodate the organs in preparation to return the organs to the abdominal cavity, a process which continued for two weeks at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU),” Dr. Raja added.

He added, “After two weeks of the birth, the newborn underwent a major 5-hour surgery, during which the umbilical lining was removed, abdominal muscles were restructured and the various organs were returned to the abdominal cavity. Simultaneously, an advanced device was used throughout the surgery to ensure that the child maintained regular arterial pressure in the abdominal compartment , thereby ensuring the safety of the organs that were being returned. At the end of the surgery, the opening in the abdominal wall muscles was closed while ensuring this caused no undue pressure on the vital organs in the abdominal cavity.” Dr. Raja confirmed that the operation was successful, and that the child was discharged from the NICU a week after the surgery.

He indicated that these cases are considered very rare, only happening once in around 20,000 births, and with different rates and sizes of organs extending outside the abdomen. He clarified that there was no known reason for this occurrence, and that these incidences are categorized as a congenital disease. He confirmed that these cases require a highly qualified medical team of varied specialties.

Dr. Fareeda Banu Jahangir, Fetal Medicine Specialist at Danat Al Emarat Hospital had diagnosed the child’s condition early on in week 12 of pregnancy, which helped begin the process of running further investigations, keeping the mother under observation, as well as informing the parents of the condition and the required treatment to be performed after birth.

Dr. Fareeda emphasized the importance of fetal medicine in diagnosing various diseases and conditions that the fetus may have starting from the early stages of pregnancy. This allows for an appropriate treatment plan to be put in place to continue treating the child after birth. She indicated that Danat Al Emarat Hospital had an advanced fetal medicine unit encompassing the latest medical diagnostic tools.

The father of the child Ashraf Abunar expressed his happiness with the success of the operation conducted for his son, and the attention received by the medical team in the hospital since the discovery of the situation before birth in weeks and during delivery and beyond.

He said, “We felt somewhat worried as we saw our son after birth and how his internal organs were outside the abdominal wall. However, the attention and care my son received from the very first moment and the provision of the best healthcare services in the hospital contributed to alleviate us. Throughout our journey, the medical staff provided a detailed explanation to me and my wife about our son’s condition and the treatment plan.”

“Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children has been keen from the beginning to provide comprehensive healthcare services by a highly qualified medical team caring for my wife and child, which contributed to the success of the treatment plan and my son to be treated without any complications”, the father of the newborn concluded.

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Mayssa

Part of Danat Al Emarat’s Endometriosis Awareness campaign

28 March 2017, Abu Dhabi – UAE: In line with its continuous initiatives in raising health awareness, Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children in Abu Dhabi launched an endometriosis awareness campaign in collaboration with the Emirates Endometriosis League (EMEL) in March 2017. As part of the campaign, the hospital hosted the icon of arab drama, Ms. Mayssa Maghrebi, who gave an inspirational and motivational talk to women attending, some of whom have been suffering from endometriosis for few years.

In her inspirational talk that was held at Danat Al Emarat Hospital located in Abu Dhabi Gate City on 27 March 2017, Ms. Maghrebi spoke about her personal experience and highlighted the importance of early detection of endometriosis. International studies show that 1 out of 10 women are affected by endometrioses; which should be alarming to women suffering from monthly severe pains to consult the specialized physician at the right time and to read more about this chronic disease. She also said that there are some diseases that need more awareness in the community, and are diagnosed late and after complications occur despite the extreme suffering from different symptoms including pain. Early diagnosis will help eliminate complications and will help minimize the suffering and pain.

Mayssa Maghrebi explained that a large percentage of women affected with endometriosis get diagnosed very late. She also noted that it is also important that mothers keep an eye on their daughters as soon as they grow up, and if any young girl suffers from severe monthly pain it is highly advised to visit the specialized physician for consultation, to prevent complications that may affect the patient’s life drastically on a monthly basis as they become unable to go to school or to work on specific days of the month and in the long run, when the diagnosis is delayed, internal adhesions may occur and in some cases problems in fertility will arise.

She also noted how early detection and the right treatments are now accessible, as healthcare authorities and healthcare providers in UAE, including Danat Al Emarat Hospital in Abu Dhabi, execute regular awareness programs, educating women on the importance of early detection to control the disease and improve women’s life.

During her tour at the hospital, Mayssa Maghrebi appraised the services provided at Danat Al Emarat Hospital. Physicians spoke to her about the equipment and services provided at the hospital especially the endometriosis clinic and the women’s endoscopic and laparoscopy surgery as well as pediatric services. Ms. Maghrebi toured the Women & Gynecology Clinic and visited few patients staying at Danat Al Emarat Hospital for gynecological problems. She also discussed with a group of women during the event the importance of raising awareness among in the society about the disease, which affects women between the ages of 13 to 45 years.

From his side, Dr. Amin Hassan Abdelmagied, Consultant Obstetrics, Gynecology & Advanced Minimally Access Surgery at Danat Al Emarat Hospital said, “Through such talks in the community, we aim to urge women to visit the right physicians for consultation at the right time, especially if any symptoms were shown including severe monthly pain. March is the month of Endometriosis awareness and our efforts towards health education is ongoing and won’t be only during the month of March. Several lectures were also organized recently about the disease, and more will be held on a regular basis. From here and on behalf of the hospital and medical team, we would like to thank Ms. Mayssa Maghreb for her support and cooperation in raising awareness on endometriosis. Her efforts with us helped spread the word on this chronic disease.”

Dr. Islam Sidky, Consultant Obstetrics, Gynecology and Minimally Access Surgery and Vice President of the Emirates Endometriosis League (EMEL) stated, “Through joint educational events as such with EMEL and as part of our responsibility towards promoting healthier communities, we aim to improve women’s general health and educate the society on adopting healthy lifestyles at an early age, in addition to detecting diseases at early stages.”

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  • Endometriosis affects 10% of women
  • Physicians warn of risks and complications of endometriosis
  • 50% of women with infertility issues suffer from endometriosis
  • A local study including 277 adolescents revealed that Endometriosis could be detected at early stages

25 March 2017, Abu Dhabi – UAE: Physicians revealed that Endometriosis effects 10% of women and causes severe pain and dangerous complications including problems in fertility in cases of late diagnosis and treatment. They have emphasized the need for medical and/or surgical intervention to limit the complications.

Physicians also confirmed that cost of endometriosis treatment is three times the cost of breast cancer treatment in terms of women being absent from work on a monthly basis, the cost of treatment, and the effects on the daily life of patients.

In line with the Endometriosis Awareness Campaign organized by Danat Al Emarat Hospital in collaboration with the Emirates Endometriosis League (EMEL), which falls in March every year, physicians affirmed the need for continuous awareness on endometriosis as it has become crucial to raise awareness on the disease amongst the public and medical professionals. Awareness will lead to earlier diagnosis and treatment, limiting the cases to suffer from extreme pain and complications, especially that this disease is considered chronic and recurrent.

Dr. Islam Sidky, Consultant Obstetrics, Gynecology and Minimally Access Surgery at Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children in Abu Dhabi and the Vice President of the Emirates Endometriosis League (EMEL), said “there has been an increase in number of cases we see suffering from severe pain because of Endometriosis in patients aged between 12 – 20 years old. Severe pain negatively affects the patient’s daily lives due to missing days of school or work to visit the doctor to help with controlling the pain with prescribed painkillers.

He added that both the public and medical communities still need a lot of awareness regarding this medical condition which can strike anywhere between 7 – 10% of all women between the ages of 13 – 45 years old according to scientific studies. These studies have also shown that 50% of women that suffer from infertility and difficulty conceiving suffer from endometriosis.

Dr. Sidky also mentioned that a large number of cases get diagnosed in late stages, where it becomes difficult to respond to treatments and more complications arise which could be dangerous if adhesions were formed around the uterus, as well as the appearance of cysts around various internal organs that may then require surgical intervention.

He further added that, “Danat Al Emarat Hospital, which is part of United Eastern Medical Services Group, has organized an awareness campaign in collaboration with EMEL which included a talk last Thursday in Arabic and was attended by over 35 women, most of whom suffered from Endometriosis or symptoms of the disease. Doctors from Danat Al Emarat also spoke about the disease in The Women’s Show earlier this month, which was attended by over 500 women and physicians. Another talk in English is also planned on 30 March 2017.”

He clarified that endometriosis is a chronic disease that strikes some women for unknown reasons during their menstrual cycle, and can be accompanied by severe pain. Cells in the uterine lining grow inward towards the ovaries and fallopian tubes rather than outward, occasionally it may also reach the bladder and the intestine. In cases where right diagnosis was delayed for years, the disease might become malignant and can lead to complications.

“Diagnosis depends on the history of the symptoms, linking them to the menstrual cycle, then performing blood tests and ultrasound imaging. In some cases, the disease may require cross-section imaging, and ultimately laparoscopic surgery and treatment at the same time to confirm the diagnosis,” Dr. Sidky added.

He added that the uterine cells that are affected can form into cysts and nodules accompanied by severe pain. He also indicated that the main symptom of the disease is severe pain, which can be difficult to diagnose in the early stages, considering that pain is a symptom of other diseases.

From his side, Dr. Amin Hassan Abdelmagied, Consultant Obstetrics, Gynecology & Advanced Minimally Access Surgery at Danat Al Emarat Hospital confirmed that “endometriosis is a complicated, chronic and stubborn disease that is surrounded by lack of awareness, myths and taboos among all societies around the globe. Hence, raising awareness among the public and doctors is extremely important. Despite a huge amount of research, there is so much that is still unknown about this challenging condition.”

He stated, “amongst the many challenges of the disease is the fact that its response to treatment varies amongst different patients. Therefore, each patient needs an individually tailored treatment that is suitable for her own needs and circumstances. Another challenge is the fact that it takes an average of 7-10 years and seeing many doctors before the diagnosis is established. We must all join efforts to shorten this time because early diagnosis can reduce women’s suffering and improves the chances of better disease control with fewer long term complications. It is highly advised that women with such symptoms visit the right specialized physician at early stages to avoid any delays in diagnosis.”

He further added that delays in diagnosis and proper management can negatively impact prime years of women lives (late teens to fifties) as the disease progresses and its symptoms can magnify. Some cases will need surgical intervention, the complexity of which can increase with delayed diagnosis and disease progression.  We are fortunate to have the expertise to perform such surgery in our hospital and manage endometriosis cases. He explained that the disease is strongly linked to infertility which puts a premium on early diagnosis and specialized management by trained and experienced endometriosis specialists.

Dr. Amin Hassan further stressed on the importance of raising awareness amongst parents, schools, family doctors and all community members. “It all hinges on seeing the right Doctor at the right time,” he said.

From EMEL side, Dr. Ghassan Lotfi, President of the Emirates Endometritis League (EMEL) stated, “it is internationally acknowledged that one out of every 10 women suffers from endometriosis.” He also indicated that there is no direct or clear method for early detection of the disease, and a delay in diagnosis increases the suffering of the patient from complications and problems in fertility. This disease is a chronic disease, and there is no permanent cure, as the disease will continue to occur with every monthly menstrual cycle. Early diagnosis helps control the disease and prevents the occurrence of complications as well as limiting the associated pain.”

He stated, “a preliminary study was run on 277 adolescents from schoolsin Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, and Ajman, and has showed that 30 – 33% of female students miss school because of severe pains associated with the menstrual cycle, a sign of increased likelihood for an endometriosis diagnosis.”

Dr. Lotfi also said that severe pain associated with menstrual cycle and intaking painkillers, and not showing up to school or work are some of the major symptoms of the disease. Studies also showed that the cost of endometriosis and its complications treatment is three times more than the cost of breast cancer treatment, as with endometriosis the woman life is affected negatively, and suffering occurs every month.

He said there was a lot of evidence from scientific studies that show a relationship between ovarian tumors and endometriosis in 1.5 – 2% of cases, particularly in those cases where treatment is delayed. He indicated that in the case of early treatment, the patient can experience a relatively normal lifestyle as well as enhanced fertility. It was also founded that between 50 – 60% of those who experience chronic pelvic pain suffer from endometriosis.

“Physicians are required not to take these cases lightly, and that physicians at family medicine clinics and also pediatricians need to be made aware of endometriosis, and must consider such a diagnosis when presented with a menstrual cycle accompanied by severe pain, chronic pelvic pain, and a delay in conception. They must consider at the same time treating these cases by specialized physicians that have the needed experience and skills to manage endometritis cases resulting in better outcomes,” Dr. Lotfi concluded.

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46 Blood Units Collected

February 28th, 2017 by numan

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Danat Al Emarat Hospital & Abu Dhabi Blood Bank
Organize a Blood Donation Drive in Abu Dhabi

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AS THE FIRST HOSPITAL IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR

February 6th, 2017 by numan

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HAAD Launches the Issuance of Electronic Birth Certificates at Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi – February 6, 2017: Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD), the regulator of the healthcare sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, has launched a new system that authorizes the issuance of electronic birth certificates for newborns at Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children. Considered as the first hospital in the private sector, this new service comes in line with the current regulations implemented by HAAD for the issuance of new birth certificates.

The issuance of the first birth certificate for a newborn at Danat Al Emarat Hospital was attended by Helal Khamis Al Muraikhi, Director of Customer Care and Corporate Communication at HAAD; Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa Al Hammadi, Managing Director and CEO of United Eastern Medical Services, Chairman of Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children; Majd Abu Zant, Chief Operating Officer at United Eastern Medical Services, and a number of officials.

The launch of the service came after signing an agreement last week that entails Danat Al Emarat Hospital to become the first private hospital in Abu Dhabi to issue electronic birth certificates without the need for visiting HAAD customer service centers. This step comes in line with HAAD’s efforts to increase the speed and ease of access to various services offered at healthcare facilities, for the benefit of all residents throughout the Emirate.

Helal Al Muraikhi, stated: “HAAD previously implemented its electronic system for the issuance of birth certificates at government healthcare facilities in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Tamm Centers in the western region, for all ‘newborns’ throughout the Emirate. This system directly e-links these facilities and centers to HAAD’s system, allowing them to issue these certificates – provided that all documentation is complete – thereby effectively eliminating the need for parents to visit any HAAD customer service center.”

Documents required for the issuance of a new birth certificate include the original birth notification provided by the hospital, the family book (applicable to citizens only) as well as the parents’ passports, marriage certificate and identity cards.

Healthcare facilities and centers currently linked up to this system are required to send copies of all original documents electronically to HAAD. HAAD then validates the accuracy and completeness of the paperwork and provides the necessary approvals for the issuance of an electronic certificate at the premises of the hospital.

Mr. Al Muraikhi, added: “Linking up private hospitals to this system reflects HAAD’s belief in the key role that private healthcare facilities play in the provision of healthcare services in the Emirate. Through this ongoing partnership with healthcare facilities, we continue to work diligently to improve the speed of access to our services for higher customer satisfaction.”

Mr. Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa Al Hammadi, Chairman of Danat Al Emarat Hospital and Managing Director & CEO of United Eastern Medical Services stated: “We are proud to sign this agreement which links us to the HAAD system and authorizes Danat Al Emarat Hospital to issue electronic birth certificates to all newborns at the hospital We have taken all the necessary measures to begin implementing this system in compliance with the requirements and regulations set forth by HAAD, and are proud to issue the first birth certificate today.”

Mr. Al Shorafa further stated: “This agreement is in line with our shared vision to further collaborate and streamline our efforts and constantly enhance efficiencies and the quality of services offered to our patients. These initiatives, which are designed to offer the community high quality services and increase patient satisfaction, will certainly have a larger positive social and economic impact.”

Mr. Al Shorafa added that Danat Al Emarat Hospital, located in Abu Dhabi Gate City, welcomed over 2100 newborns during 2016; which further highlights the need for services such as the issuance of electronic birth certificates at the hospital to help save time and effort for all new parents.”

From his side, the father of the newborn Mr. Mohammed Al Naqbi expressed his gratitude for issuing his new daughter’s birth certificate, who was born in Danat Al Emarat Hospital, conveniently at the hospital without the need to visit HAAD customer care centers.

He added, “Our newborn daughter, Shahd, is the fifth in the family. In the past, I had to visit HAAD and submit a birth notification from the hospital and the needed documents in order to issue the birth certificate, but now after the electronic system between Danat Al Emarat Hospital and HAAD, I managed to get my daughter’s birth certificate directly from the hospital where she was born. It took only few minutes which is extremely convenient to all new parents.”

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HAAD signs agreement with Danat Al Emarat Hospital for issuance of electronic birth certificates

Abu Dhabi – January 31, 2017: As part of its participation at Arab Health 2017, the Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD), the regulator of the healthcare sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, has signed an agreement, with United Eastern Medical Services — the holding entity for Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children and the HealthPlus Network of Specialty Centers, allowing for the issuance of electronic birth certificates at Danat Al Emarat Hospital. This agreement falls in line with current regulations implemented by HAAD for the issuance of new birth certificates.

The agreement was signed by Helal Khamis Al Muraikhi, Director of Customer Care and Corporate Communication at HAAD, and Mr. Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa Al Hammadi, Managing Director and CEO of United Eastern Medical Services, Chairman of Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children.

By signing this agreement, Danat Al Emarat Hospital has become the first private hospital in Abu Dhabi to issue electronic birth certificates without the need for visiting HAAD customer service centres. This step comes in line with HAAD’s efforts to increase the speed and ease of access to various services offered at healthcare facilities, for the benefit of all residents throughout the Emirate.

Helal Al Muraikhi, stated: “HAAD previously implemented its electronic system for the issuance of birth certificates at government healthcare facilities in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain and Tamm Centers in the western region, for all ‘newborns’ throughout the Emirate. This system directly e-links these facilities and centers to HAAD’s system, allowing them to issue these certificates – provided that all documentation is complete – thereby effectively eliminating the need for parents to visit any HAAD customer service center.”

Documents required for the issuance of a new birth certificate include the original birth notification provided by the hospital, the family book (applicable to citizens only) as well as the parents’ passports, marriage certificate and identity cards.

Healthcare facilities and centers currently linked up to this system are required to send copies of all original documents electronically to HAAD. HAAD then validates the accuracy and completeness of the paperwork and provides the necessary approvals for the issuance of an electronic certificate at the premises of the hospital.

Mr Al Muraikhi, added: “Linking up private hospitals to this system reflects HAAD’s belief in the key role that private healthcare facilities play in the provision of healthcare services in the Emirate. Through this ongoing partnership with healthcare facilities, we continue to work diligently to improve the speed of access to our services for higher customer satisfaction.”

Mr. Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa Al Hammadi, Chairman of Danat Al Emarat Hospital and Managing Director & CEO of United Eastern Medical Services stated: “We are proud to sign this agreement which links us to the HAAD system and authorizes Danat Al Emarat Hospital to issue electronic birth certificates to all newborns at the hospital We have taken all the necessary measures to begin implementing this system in compliance with the requirements and regulations set forth by HAAD.”

Mr. Al Shorafa further stated: “This agreement is in line with our shared vision to further collaborate and streamline our efforts and constantly enhance efficiencies and the quality of services offered to our patients. These initiatives which are designed to offer the community high quality services and increase patient satisfaction, will certainly have a larger positive social and economic impact.”

Mr. Al Shorafa added that Danat Al Emarat Hospital, located in Abu Dhabi Gate City, welcomed over 2100 newborns during 2016; which further highlights the need for services such as the issuance of electronic birth certificates at the hospital to help save time and effort for all new parents.”

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2750 Women Screened at Danat Al Emarat Hospital and HealthPlus Women’s Health Center in 2016

18 January 2017, Abu Dhabi – UAE: To mark Cervical Health Awareness Month which falls in January every year, several activities to raise awareness on cervical health were organized focusing on the importance of cervical cancer early detection and regular screenings in order to detect the disease during its early stages and treat it in a timely manner. Studies have confirmed that early detection prevents the development of cervical cancer by more than 92% because it takes years–sometimes a decade or more–for these cells to turn from normal cells into cancer cells, and periodic examinations are needed to detect these cells early on and thus help fully treat them before they transform into cancer cells.

Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children and HealthPlus Women’s Health Center, part of United Eastern Medical Services in Abu Dhabi, have organized a variety of events, including a series of awareness lectures and seminars on cervical health and HPV vaccine at its health facilities and in collaboration with other organizations.

Dr. Thomas Kunt, Chief Medical Officer at Danat Al Emarat Hospital said, “In 2016, more than 2750 women underwent pap tests, of which 135 needed colposcopies, and test results showed that none of these women had cervical cancer.” He also pointed out that regular screening for early detection has to be done every 3 to 5 years based on age, test results, medical history and other factors.

“Both, Danat Al Emarat Hospital and HealthPlus Women’s Health Center are accredited by the Health Authority Abu Dhabi as screening centers for cervical cancer,” Dr. Kunt added.

Reports show that a high percentage of cervical cancer cases were generally diagnosed during late stages, and there will always be a need to focus on early detection and raising awareness campaigns targeting certain age groups for cervical cancer prevention, early detection and timely treatment.

Cervical cancer is the second most common type of cancer among women in the UAE, preceded by breast cancer, and the number of cervical cancer cases in the UAE accounts for 7% of the overall number of female cancers cases.

“Women between the ages of 25 and 65, as well as married women under-25, should undergo screenings, and based on their age and the results, they should get tested again once every 3-5 years. The examination is usually repeated every 3 years for women between 25 and 49 years old, while women aged 50 – 65 years old undergo pap tests every 5 years. The pap test detects abnormal cervical cell changes which are then tested in the laboratory to test what type pf virus caused it.” Dr. Faten Abu Zomar, Consultant Obstetrics & Gynecology at HealthPlus Women’s Health and Fertility Center, said.

She also added, “These tests are quite easy and are done at most hospitals and health centers by gynecologists and family physicians.”

Dr. Abu Zomar also pointed out that there is a number of risk factors contributed to the development of cervical cancer, including smoking, frequent infections, obesity and consuming hormones without consulting a physician.

“Treatment of the cases infected with the virus which causes cervical tumor (HPV) include–in addition to medication–laser therapy and cold coagulation, depending on the severity and extent of the precancerous lesions,” she added, emphasizing that cervical cancer survival rate is 99%.

In addition to that, Dr. Faten stated that HPV vaccination against cervical cancer was available in Abu Dhabi since it was approved by the Health Authority Abu Dhabi in 2008, and that it is given for free to students aged 15-17 at Abu Dhabi’s public and private schools. This vaccine, according to Dr. Faten, offers over 98% protection against cervical cancer, which contributes to reducing the rates of this disease in the coming years. “Older age groups may be given the vaccine following their physician’s recommendation and after they undergo some procedures for detecting the virus,” she added.

Dr. Marwan Munir Kamil, Obstetrics & Gynecology Consultant at Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children, said, “The pap test is very simple and is done within few minutes, and it is preferable that women undergo these examinations once every 3-5 years.”

Moreover, he explained that the transformation of normal cells to cancer cells in the cervix usually takes 5 to 15 years, which is why early detection is very important in order to provide the appropriate treatment at early stages and achieve full recovery. He also said that we see now more women visiting their gynecologists for screening as a result of many awareness initiatives amongst women, which, in turn, contributed to the decrease in number of cervical cancer cases.

“Most international scientific studies showed that the human papilloma virus (HPV) caused more than 98% of cervical cancers, and there are 15 types of HPVs, some of which are high-risk HPVs.” Dr. Marwan said, “HPV types 16 and 18 cause 70% of cervical cancers.”

“A Pap smear can help detect cervical cancer early. During this test, cells are scraped from the opening of the cervix and examined under a microscope in order to find abnormal changes, and when these are found, the cervix is examined using magnifying lenses and a biopsy of the cervix tissue is taken in order to determine the extent of the abnormality and type of change,” he added.

Dr. Marwan added, “the earliest stage (stage 0) of cervical cancer is the carcinoma in situ, where abnormal cells are found in the cervix. In this stage, these abnormal cells may transform into cancer cells and spread to the surrounding normal tissues.”

According to Dr. Marwan, during the first stage, which follows stage 0, cancer is found in the cervix only. This stage is divided into two based on the amount of cancer cells found. They include finding a very small cancerous mass in the tissues of the cervix, which can only be seen under a microscope because the area of cancer is less than 3 mm deep and less than 7 mm wide. In a later stage, the cancer would enlarge to more than 1 millimeters deep but not deeper than 5 millimeters and not wider than 7 millimeters.

According to the Health Authority Abu Dhabi statistics, more than 35 women in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi only get diagnosed with cervical cancer every year, most of which are between 35 and 55 years old. Moreover, more than 55 cervical cancer cases are registered every year in the UAE.

Furthermore, studies have indicated that 8 out of every 10 women are prone to getting infected with the human papilloma virus (HPV) once in their life, but most of them recover on their own with no symptoms. However, the infection may develop in other cases within 10 to 20 years, causing abnormalities in cervical cells, which eventually leads to cervical cancer.

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Five newborns were welcomed at Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children in Abu Dhabi during the first 12 hours of 2017. The first baby girl born in 2017 was born in the second minute of the new year while the second one was born less than 8 minutes later.

First baby born 2 minutes after midnight was a baby girl. The father, Mohammed Shahin Al Mazrouie said, “We named our newborn Latifa. Her birth on this special day was a surprise for us, and now the memorable occasion is doubled for us. We are truly thankful for this blessing.”

The baby was delivered by Dr Rihan Saafan, Consultant Obstetrics & Gynecology at Danat Al Emarat hospital. Dr Saafan said, “the 2.5 kg baby decided to join the family on this special occasion for all and double the joy of her parents. Both baby and mother are in good health.”

Family of Mr Alay Raza welcomed their daughter at 00:10 am of 1st January 2017. The baby is the first for the family. Mr. Raza said, “We named her Sayeda Fatima, she was due to be with us on 28th December, but she waited for another three days to join us on this very special day. She weighed 3.41 kg and was delivered by Dr. Shakeela Irfan, Specialist Obstetrics & Gynecology at the hospital.”

One of the babies, weighed 3 Kgs and was born at 10:41 am. Mr. Ammar Al Khaja said, “Our new bundle of joy is the ninth for the family, and we named him Khalifa.”

The fourth baby, was born at around noon time. The father, Saif Rabih Saleh Al Mazrouie, said “he was due to join us in four days, but joined us today on this special day of the year of giving.”

Vino Nallaya, CEO of Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women and Children said, “We are happy to welcome five newborns during the first hours of 2017 at Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women and Children. All 5 babies and mothers are doing well and are in good health. With our 5 newborns today, 2156 babies have been born at our hospital since we opened in October 2015 of which 1440 were UAE Nationals. In total, we had 1122 boys, and 1034 girls. All these precious bundles were managed by our 55 medical team members of obstetricians, pediatricians and neonatologists, and we expect to welcome another 5 babies by end of today.”

The hospital distributed flowers for all patients who are spending the new year day at the hospital.

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Danat Al Emarat Hospital in Abu Dhabi Celebrates the 1st Birthday of the first 50 Babies Born at the Hospital
*51 Cases of Multiple Pregnancies were followed up and gave birth at Danat Al Emarat Hospital

15 December 2016: Celebrating the first birthday of their first 50 babies, Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children in Abu Dhabi announced that 2025 have been delivered at the hospital since the first registered birth on 28 October 2015; of which 1387 were UAE Nationals. Boys accounted for 1052 while girls were 973 of the total number. The hospital also announced that 48 pairs of Twins, 2 cases of Triplets and 1 case of Quadruplets were delivered in the past 13 months.

A special celebration for the first 50 babies born at Danat Al Emarat who recently turned 1 year old was organized and attended by the babies, their families, the hospital management, a number of obstetricians, pediatricians and nurses. The hospital distributed memorable gifts to the 27 boys and 23 girls who gathered on this very special occasion.

Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa Al Hammadi, CEO of United Eastern Medical Services said, “Newborns at Danat Al Emarat Hospital exceeded 2025 in 13 months, an evident of the growth of the hospital’s various departments offering advanced health services for women and children. Over 65% of the newborns were UAE Nationals.”

Vino Nallaya, CEO of Danat Al Emarat Hospital, “Due to the expertise of our physicians, and the establishment of a comprehensive fetal medicine unit and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU Level III), our Obstetrics Department manages a high volume of high-risk pregnancies and many multiple pregnancy cases, thus having 48 pair of twins since the hospital opened. 150 of our total newborns were either premature or unwell, and needed to stay for few days or weeks at the NICU.”
She added, “the hospital encompasses 10 delivery rooms, and 20 NICU beds equipped with state of the art equipment, 6 of which are for delivering level III services, and 9 beds for level II services. One of the smallest newborns weighed 1100 grams and was born during the 28th week of pregnancy.”

At the celebration, one of the fathers said, “We are truly thankful to Allah and to the team at Danat Al Emarat Hospital, who took care of my wife and my baby last year. My boy is now growing day by day, and is being followed up at the pediatrics department in the hospital. They have one file for him, with all the information since he was born which gives us more confident – from vaccinations to regular checkups and when he feels unwell.”

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3 December 2016: The first baby boy born on the 45thUAE National Day at Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women and Children was born at 1:01 am. The baby boy is the third child for the family, after two older sisters, said Mr Sultan Al Hammadi, the father. His birth on UAE National Day was a surprise for us, and now the memorable occasion is doubled for us. We named our newborn Mohammed. The father concluded, “we are very thankful for this blessing.”

The baby was delivered by Dr Rihan Saafan, Consultant Obstetrics & Gynecology at Danat Al Emarat hospital. Dr Saafan said, “the 3.5 kg baby was due in 10 days but decided to join the family on this special occasion for all and double the joy of his parents. Both baby and mother are in good health.”

The second baby, was born at 9:36 am, and weighed 3.1 Kg and is the second boy for the family. His father, Ali Mohamad Al Yihyaee said, “the baby is in good health and we have named him Salman, We are extremely proud to have him join us on the 45th UAE National Day. From here, we would like to congratulate UAE leaders, government and the people of UAE on this very special day which is very dear to our hearts. We named the baby Salman.”

The third baby was born at 10 am, and weighed 2.45 kg, and is the third child for the family but the first girl. Her father, Obaid Sultan Obaid Salem said, “ We are blessed to have our baby girl join the family on this day. This is a very special occasion for us all. We have named our new bundle of joy, Salama.”

In the evening, two families also welcomed 2 baby girls at the hospital.

Vino Nallaya, CEO of Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women and Children said, “We are happy to welcome three newborns during the first hours of the 45th UAE National Day at Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women and Children. All 5 babies and mothers are doing well and are in good health. With our 5 newborns on 2nd December, 1891 babies have been born at our hospital since we opened in October 2015. All these precious bundles were managed by our 55 medical team members of obstetricians, pediatricians and neonatologists.”

The hospital distributed flowers and gifts for all patients who are spending the UAE National day at the hospital.

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