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Medical conference sees headway in diabetes research
By Mohan Vadayar October 10, 2013
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DUBAI: There is light at the end of the tunnel in diabetes research for a complete cure and save almost half-a-billion dollars spent in 2012 alone worldwide for treating diabetes-associated illnesses.

At the same time, the UAE Ministry of Health (MoH) was urged to check diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol also during each primary health check for issuing new and renewal of visas.

These were referred by participating medical and research experts during a medical press conference held in Dubai on Wednesday. The press conference was held to announce a Continuing Medical Education (CME) Conference by Ajman-based Ibin Sina Medical Centre.

Addressing the conference, the CEO of Rashid Centre for Diabetes and Research, MOH, Ajman, Dr Slahedeen Abusnana, said that in the past year alone, the world has spent $471 million for treatment of diabetes-associated diseases, which can be saved and used for other purposes if diabetes is completely cured.

A complete cure for diabetes is “a light at the end of the tunnel which we see after long years of research,” Dr Abusnana, who has also been a diabetes researcher for many years, said.

“The discovery of insulin put the scientists to sleep so that until now no treatment or complete cure for the disease as been found, Now worldwide researches are being undertaken for researches even outside of beta cells and cure will be there in the future,” said Abusnana.

His words are tonic for the almost 20 per cent diabetic population of the UAE who undergo costly treatment for other ailments associated with diabetes.

He also appreciated a suggestion to make it mandatory by the Ministry of Health to check for diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol during each primary health check for issuing new visas and visa renewals so that everyone will be aware of their physical conditions at least in every two years.

The press conference was also attended by Dr PC Jacob, CME director, Ibin Sina Medical Centre, Ajman, Dr Abdul Gafoor, chairman, Ibin Sina Medical Centre, and Mark Adams, CEO, Anglo-Arabian Healthcare.

The panellists at the podium, however, said that by the end of year 2015, the whole of UAE will come under medical insurance coverage and the medical bills will not be a major issue for all residents.

During the press conference, Ibin Sina Medical Centre, Ajman, a part of Anglo Arabian Healthcare has announced its partnership with Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, London (GSTT) to expand its popular Continuing Medical Education programme for medical and dental healthcare professionals across the UAE.

Four internationally-renowned medical experts from GSTT and two top dentists from the UK shall be joining up to 1800 local doctors and allied medical staff to deliver seminars on managing diabetes, women and child health, infertility, paediatric cardiology and dental issues.

Gafoor stated, “By expanding our popular CME event and partnering with Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, we are demonstrating our commitment to improving quality care for our patients, as well as being informed and aware of the latest advances in medicine, treatment and preventive education.

Adams added, “Our plans to expand the CME initiative have just begun. The partnership with Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital, is the first step in elevating Continuing Medical Education for physicians in the Middle East. AAH’s vision is to raise standards throughout the region that not only help our own doctors, but the wider medical community.”

Now in the fourth successive year, the 14th International CME event will take place at the Ajman University campus on Oct.24-25.  There will also be an event in Jebel Ali on the evening of Oct.25.

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