Saturday 6 February 2016

GCC is urged to be on Zika virus alert

Countries in the Gulf are being urged to take precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the Zika virus, which is believed to be specifically dangerous to infants. The alert has been issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO), despite no cases of the virus being reported in the region


Zika virus ‘no threat to Bahrain’

The Health Ministry has reassured citizens and residents in Bahrain that there is no risk of Zika viral outbreak in the country as it’s free of the “aedes aegypti” mosquito that carries the disease. Bahrain is in touch with relevant international and regional organisations f


WHO declares Zika a global health emergency

WHO Director-General Margaret Chan told reporters that coordinated international action was needed to improve detection and expedite work on a vaccine and better diagnostics for the disease, but said curbs on travel or trade were not necessary. Chan, whose agency was assailed as


UK gives go-ahead to 'edit' human embryos

Scientists in Britain have been give the go-ahead to edit the genes of human embryos for research, using a technique that some say could eventually be used to create "designer babies". Less than a year after Chinese scientists caused an international furore by saying th


NMC Health acquires 51pc stake in Fakih IVF

NMC Health, a leading integrated private healthcare provider operating across the UAE, has completed ahead of guidance its acquisition of a 51 per cent shareholding in Fakih IVF, a leader for in-vitro fertilisation services in the Middle East.   Dr B R Shetty, c


Complex medical procedures on the rise in GCC

Experts at a leading healthcare provider in Asia Apollo Hospitals stated that there has been an increase in robotic surgeries and several GCC patients are opting for these surgeries to be carried out in India.   Pioneers in minimally invasive procedures in India


Robotic surgery ‘can cut obesity’ in Bahrain

Bahrain’s obesity rate could be trimmed down by as much as 30 per cent if more people opted for robotic weight-loss surgery, according to a visiting expert. Surgical gastroenterologist and bariatric surgeon Dr Prasad Krishnan said the procedure was already popular in Oman, with around 4


Plans to transform ambulance services in Bahrain

Plans to transform and upgrade Bahrain’s ambulance service were under the spotlight yesterday (January 31). Supreme Council of Health chairman Lt Gen Dr Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdulla Al Khalifa met Interior Minister Lt Gen Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa to review latest developments


Dubai steps up services for the disabled

Dubai has launched a number of new initiatives for the disabled including Smart Gate Special Counters at the airports, guidelines in Braille and ease of wheelchair access to facilities, among others. Hamid Mohamed Al Qatami, chairman and director general of the Dubai Health Autho


2,100 Colombian women infected with Zika

More than 2,100 pregnant Colombian women are infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, the country's national health institute said on Saturday, as the disease continues its spread across the Americas. The virus has been linked to the devastating birth defect microcephaly,

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