Underthe patronage of HH Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammed, the Dubai Health Authority and Sanofi continuemomentum to fight diabetes
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The campaign in its fourth year, will take place until the end of 2012, and aims to reduce the prevalence of diabetes in the UAE.
H.E Al Murooshid: “This strategic collaboration is aimed at improving overall patient care as part of our efforts to reduce the prevalence of diabetes.”
United ArabEmirates, Dubai, May 22, 2012: Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh MajidBin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Culture and ArtsAuthority and in presence of His Excellency Qadhi Saeed Al Murooshid,Director-General of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) ; Sanofi Gulf and DHApledged today to continue their efforts to fight against diabetes and reach outto community members with an aim to reduce the prevalence of the disease.
The campaign, in its fourth yearwill take place until the end of 2012.This year, the campaign will reach out toall governmental bodies in the Emirate of Dubai to conduct free healthscreenings and educate staff members about how to prevent diabetes as well aseducate diabetics on how to better manage their condition so as to avoid anyfurther complications.
Since the inception of this campaignin 2010, DHA and Sanofi have targeted all 14 primary healthcare centres andhave already reached out to a number of sections in society including schoolchildren in order to inculcate the importance of healthy lifestyle among thefuture generations of our society.
This campaign is a part of DHA’smulti-disciplinary approach to tackling the disease.
As part of its strategy to fightthis condition, the DHA has joinedhands with various stakeholders including the private sector and theinternational healthcare community to strengthen its fight against diabetes.
H.E. Al Murooshid said, “Educatingthe community to make lifestyle changes is one of the main challenges facinghealthcare institutions globally, unless individuals themselves do not makenecessary changes in their diet and exercise patterns, we cannot achieve muchin terms of controlling the prevalence of lifestyle diseases and that’s wherethe role of public outreach and advocacy takes centre stage. At the DHA westrongly believe in reaching out to various sections of society in partnershipwith the private sector and the international healthcare organisations.”
His Excellency extended his sincerethanks to His Highness Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum,Chairman of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority for his continued supporttowards the DHA initiatives.
His Excellency highlighted that theDHA has been working on a multi-disciplinary strategy to control this conditionand its complications. Training and educating primary healthcare professionalsin diabetes management is an important part of this strategy.
Dr MohamedFarghaly, Head of Acute and Chronic care, Primary Health Care Sector at the DHAsaid that the aim of the campaign is to conduct massawareness initiatives to ensure early detection especially in cases wherepeople are pre-diabetic because if they follow a healthy diet and exercisepattern they can prolong or even reverse the chances of developing diabetes.For diabetics also this campaign is important to ensure they are educated onhow to manage the disease effectively.”
He said that from the beginning ofthis year, the DHA has already conducted this campaign across six governmentalorganisations and will continue this campaign across the remaining governmentalorganisations until the end of this year.
GeorgeMorcos, General Manager, Sanofi –Gulf said: “As aglobal healthcare leader, we strongly believe in reaching out to the communityto educate them on health awareness programs as part of our socialresponsibility initiatives. Considering the prevalence of diabetes in the UAEand globally, it is imperative to reach out to the society and educate them toensure they take charge of their health and we are committed to this cause.”
The campaign, in itsfourth year, will take place until the end of 2012.