Monday 26 January 2015

Jafza healthcare sector posts 29pc growth in trade

The pharmaceutical and healthcare sector in Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) in Dubai, UAE, has generated trade worth Dh10.1 billion ($2.75 billion) in 2013, marking an increase of over 29 per cent over the previous year, a report said. Jafza expects similar growth this year as well a


Bahrain hospitals to set up isolation wards

Isolation rooms will soon be set up in 10 health centres across the country in a bid to combat the spread of fatal diseases, a report said. Tenders for the project, which will be completed by early next year, are being evaluated by the Health Ministry, reported the Gulf Daily


American Hospital Dubai, NextCare sign deal

The American Hospital Dubai, one of the region’s leading private hospitals, and NextCare, a leading third party administrator (TPA) for the insurance industry in the GCC and Mena region, have signed a new agreement. The new agreement provides all NextCare general network (G


New fines planned for littering in Bahrain

Littering on Bahrain's roads could carry fines of up to BD300 if ($791) a new draft law is passed by parliament. The National Cleanliness Law was approved by the Capital Trustees Board yesterday (January 21), and includes tougher punishments for dumping waste, leaving animal


Ebola cases down in major step to end epidemic

A military-style operation to fight the outbreak in Sierra Leone - the worst-affected country - has helped to dramatically reduce new cases, in what health officials say is a major step towards defeating Ebola. Since it was launched about one month ago, the drive has doubled the


BPA plastics chemical poses no health risk, says EU watchdog

The chemical bisphenol A (BPA), used to stiffen some plastic food containers, poses no health risk to consumers of any age, including unborn children, at current levels of exposure, Europe's food safety watchdog said on Wednesday. Some studies have suggested possible links to


Qatar summit to feature virtual surgery simulator

A virtual surgery simulator, a cleft lip and palate surgical training tool, will be showcased at the upcoming World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), as one of 20 of the world’s newest and most ground-breaking healthcare innovations. The second edition of WISH, a global initia


New Bahraini health centre rule to prevent waiting

New regulations have been imposed to prevent people from waiting in line for hours at health centres in Bahrain just to skip work. Patients will only be able to enter public medical facilities if they have booked appointments in advance, and will no longer be allowed to sit in th


DHA receives $2.9m donations for free medical assistance

The Dubai Health Authority’s (DHA’s) Mosaadah (assistance) programme, which aims to provide medical treatment to patients with financial constraints, received more than Dh11 million ($2.9 million) in donations last year. The donation helped provide medical assistance


Big city life may not be a key asthma risk: study

The simple fact of growing up in a big city may not be a major factor in whether a child develops asthma, according to a new study that contradicts decades of public health assumptions about the so-called inner city asthma epidemic. Instead, researchers at Johns Hopkins Universit

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