UAE moves to fight diseases
Dubai, November 7, 2007
The UAE Ministry of Health (MoH) and BinSina Pharmacy have joined forces to protect the country from various common diseases.
The multi-phase nationwide campaign is aimed at protecting the UAE nationals and residents from high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes and obesity.
The MoH initiated this awareness campaign in an effort to strengthen the prevention measures amongst the general public through alerting people who are vulnerable to such diseases.
“The UAE government health strategies have paid special attention to the welfare of its citizens and residents where comprehensive health programmes have been adopted to meet the needs of the society, compatible with global objectives of achieving health for all. The introduction of this campaign in association with BinSina Pharmacy represents a remarkable success," said UAE Minister of Health Hamid Mohamed Obeid Kattami.
"This campaign, which encompasses educating the public to the dangers of high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes and obesity as well as facilitating the required check ups, demonstrates the success that can be achieved through mobilizing the power of communities and volunteers to reach the public.”
“The UAE Ministry of Health has authorised BinSina Pharmacy to conduct these tests at its outlets spread all over the UAE. This shows the Ministry’s belief in our professional approach and customer service excellence,” said Ahmed Khayyat of BinSina Pharmacy.
“This programme represents a key fight against high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and obesity through reducing the risk of acquiring them by educational and preventive campaigns aimed at enhancing awareness of such diseases amongst the UAE public,” said Kattami.
Currently the UAE has a comprehensive, government-funded health service and a rapidly developing private health sector. This progress is clearly reflected in the positive changes in health statistics which indicate that the country has taken its place amongst the most developed countries.
“This community outreach campaign will intensify the preventive health care concept all over the country. We are delighted to announce that this campaign is a world-class preventive initiative conducted jointly by MoH and our pharmacy chain to widen protection, health screening, public awareness, research and educational programmes. A crucial element of the campaign is to raise the level of awareness amongst UAE public on preventive health care as the key measure to fight blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity and make preventive treatment a way of life,” said Khayyat.
Preventive health and health promotion have been given a higher priority in the UAE, which is dominated by social diseases such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes and obesity.
“Health promotion involves a large number of initiatives in all parts of society in the fields of work and leisure. We will maximise the benefits of this campaign by reducing the cost of the four consolidated check ups of blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol and obesity to only Dh15 in an effort to leave no one behind as far as preventive measures against these four diseases are concerned,” said Khayyat.
The new initiative implements a broad public health and disease prevention programme based on maintaining a clear focus on the risk factors and broaden the scope to also include preventive treatment to enhance the quality of life, the ministry said in a statement.
“The new programme not only stresses the responsibility of the individual but also the role of society, by providing concrete preventive and health promoting activities. This initiative demonstrates a close cooperation between government authorities and the private sector, and is a focal point for the development and implementation of world class techniques for the prevention of disease and the promotion of health,” said Katta