Thursday 29 October 2020

Novo Nordisk Gulf, Bahrain sign MoU on obesity awareness

MANAMA, September 3, 2020

Novo Nordisk Gulf Cluster and Bahrain's Supreme Council of Health have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which aims to raise awareness of obesity as a disease.
The MoU was signed by Novo Nordisk Gulf Cluster Vice President and General Manager Dr Akin Aksekili and Lt Gen Dr Sheikh Mohamed Bin Abdullah Al-Khalifa, Chairman of the Supreme Council of Health in Bahrain &  President of Bahrain Diabetes Society.
The MoU will highlight complications of obesity by conducting and officially launching Fit- your-Life campaign, which is a patient awareness campaign for people living with obesity.    
The signing was done in the presence of Ole Moesby, Ambassador of Denmark to KSA, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman & Yemen.
The two parties seek through this MoU to prepare educational programs, events and activities related to obesity for healthcare professionals. In addition, it will be a national reference for the current gaps in obesity treatment and the options to tackle this chronic disease.
Dr Aksekili mentioned the importance of tackling this epidemic disease by training healthcare professionals so that they can effectively support people with obesity in Bahrain and Gulf Cluster.
Dr Shaikh Mohamed assured that the MoU and the unprecedented partnership aims to activate different aspects to tackle overweight and obesity, like community activation campaign and Healthcare educational activities.
Ambassador Moesby described this MoU as a distinguished milestone in tackling one of the major health challenges and hoped that the partnership between Novo Nordisk Gulf and the Supreme Council of Health in creating obesity awareness will open the door for similar partnerships in other countries in the region.
Head of Patient Access and Public Affairs Department of Novo Nordisk company Dr Ahmed Magdy referred to the company's activities in the area of partnerships with the international health organisations and its impacts on patients services.
The signing event was attended by assistant undersecretary for public health at Ministry of Health and vice president of Bahrain Diabetes Society Dr Mariam Al-Hajeri; Consultant Endocrinologist and chair of scientific committee at Bahrain Diabetes Society Dr Dalal Alromaihi; Chief of health policies and programmes at the Supreme Council of Health Dr Mohamed Al-Shabaan; Chief of Nutrition Section Public Health at Ministry of Health Dr Buthaina Yusuf Ahmed Ajlan;  Senior consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist Bahrain Defence Force Hospital Prof Haya Al Khayat; and Assistant professor of Public health Arabian Gulf University Dr Salman Al Zayani. From the Embassy of Denmark, Commercial Advisor Mary Guirguis, Cultural and Media Officer Julie Regitze Andersen participated in the ceremony.



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