DHA to hold ‘health education clinics’
Dubai, September 1, 2013
Dubai Health Authority’s (DHA) primary health centres are set to hold specialised health education clinics in line with Dubai Health Strategy 2013-2025.
The strategy stipulates health promotion as an essential tool to improve the health status of the people living in Dubai, said a statement.
The ‘health awareness clinic’ will initially take place across two primary healthcare centres - Nad Al Hammar and Al Barsha. People registered with the primary healthcare centres will either be referred to attend this clinic or they may choose to book an appointment for this service, it said.
Primary healthcare professionals will tailor-make the awareness programmes as per the medical conditions of the individual.
Dr Ahmad Bin Kalban, CEO of Primary Healthcare at the DHA, said: “While we already have several health awareness initiatives in place, we felt it was time to provide a dedicated health education clinic to the community. We consider primary healthcare to be frontline care as it is the first stop for people with health problems.
“The aim of this clinic is to positively influence health behaviour of individuals and communities with an aim to enhance the quality of life of the community and reduce the burden of disease, both in human and financial terms.”
He said the target audience for the clinic includes people suffering from chronic ailments such as high cholesterol, diabetes, blood pressure, people with high risk factors, smokers, patients seeking treatment for stress or depression and family members taking care of patients with a chronic disease, special needs children, elderly patients and patients suffering from strokes. - TradeArabia News Service