Al Fara’a launches health initiative
Dubai, June 16, 2008
More than 500 labourers received free treatment and medicines at a recent medical camp held at Jebel Ali.
The ‘Al Fara’a - Dr Moopen’s Medical Camp’ was organised by Al Fara’a Construction, Properties and Industrial Group, one of the UAE’s leading construction and industrial corporations, and Dr. Moopen’s Group, a leading healthcare company, with support from the Indian Community Welfare Association.
Representatives of the organisations involved in this initiative have expressed their aims to promote better healthcare among construction labourers who are faced with demanding physical challenges in their work.
The event was inaugurated by Indian consul-general Venu Rajamony in the presence of Dr Moopen’s Group chairman Dr Azad Moopen and Al Fara’a Group presidents and executive chairmen Adel Saleh and J R Gangaramani.
Present at the event were Indian Community Welfare Committee Dubai convenor Kumar K and Indira Gandhi Veekshnam Forum, Dubai Chapter president David Paliakkara.
Dubai Municipality Healthcare Services director Dr Zuhoor Al Sabbagh and senior officials attended the event.
“Work injuries, skin complaints, mental health problems and chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease are higher among labourers and often go undiagnosed and untreated for far too long, which lead to more serious conditions,” said Dr Moopen. “This initiative has been undertaken in order to provide immediate treatment for mild cases and detect early on if the workers are facing more complicated health problems. We extend our gratitude to Al Fara’a Group and Dr Gangaramani for showing their commitment to safeguarding the health of their workforce.”
The six-hour medical camp provided free medical screening, medicines, medical advice and treatment for 200 labourers from Unibeton Ready Mix, a subsidiary of Al Fara’a Group, along with 300 guest labourers from other companies based in Dubai Investment Park.
A team of six volunteer doctors from Dr Moopen’s Group, including experienced cardiologists and gastroenterologists, joined volunteer nurses to screen patients. Dr Moopen himself highlighted some common health problems for UAE labourers and the importance of being a responsible employer.
Gangaramani said, “We are fully committed to becoming the UAE’s most professional and caring employer, and our efforts to ensure the health and welfare of our employees is a major part of our strategy to maintain our position as the leading construction conglomerate in the region. Since our foundation in 1980, our efforts to maintain a healthy workforce have been meeting outstanding support from private health organisations such as Dr Moopen’s Group and the Indian Community Welfare Association.” - TradeArabia News Service