High-level delegation visits diabetes centre
Dubai, October 18, 2012
A high-level delegation of medical specialists recently visited the new Dubai Diabetes Centre located on 2nd December Street.
The delegation, headed by Professor Jean Claude Mbanya, president of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and Dr Abdelrazzak Al Madani, CEO of Dubai Hospital and president of the Emirates Diabetes Society, was received by Dr Muhammed Hamed Farooqi, director of the Dubai Diabetes Centre and Abdulla Juma, director of administration at the Dubai Diabetes Centre.
Dr Farooqi provided the delegation with an overview of the state-of-the-art facilities at the centre which will provide the most comprehensive care for diabetic children and adults.
“The new centre will increase the clinic's capacity by more than 50 per cent and the centre is almost four times the size of the existing one which is located in Latifa premises,” he said. “The current centre is 8,000 sq feet whereas the new centre is 20,000 sq feet. By opening this new centre, we meet our goal of multiplying capacity so that we reach out to a larger number of diabetic patients.”
“The highlight of this centre is that the DHA will introduce paediatric endocrinology services, which is a highly specialised field that caters to complete endocrinological care for children. We will provide diabetic care and management for children under the age of 18 years.”
“We have designed the paediatric centre to be child-friendly and the kid's section will have a play-area and games so that children find the centre to be attractive and experience a warm and comfortable environment."
“The centre will also have a day care treatment room so that all the diagnostic tests can be conducted in the centre itself,” Juma said. “Moreover the centre will also enhance the capacity for retinal imaging and podiatry facility, both of which are critical for early diagnosis of complications in diabetics.”
He said that the centre will have an in-house pharmacy, a laboratory to conduct tests as well as a gym. "We were keen to provide a gym within the premises of the centre so that patients can exercise under medical supervision."
An exercise physiologist will analyse and tailor make programs to suit the needs of every diabetic patient.
The delegation included Dr Margaret E. Wierman, chief of endocrinology at the Denver Vamc, Dr Abdulla Bin Nakhi, chairman of the Dasman Diabetes Institute in Kuwait; Dr Munir Al Arouj, vice-chairman of the Dasman Diabetes Institute in Kuwait; Dr Jawad Ahmed Al Lawati, diseases department, Ministry of Health, the Sultanate of Oman; Mohammed al Lamki, senior consultant endocrinologist at the Royal Hospital and head of the Oman Diabetes Association; Dr Khaled Al Jaberi, department manager, non-communicable disease in the health authority - Abu Dhabi and Dr Juma Musabah Al Kaabi, associate professor, UAE College of Medicine and Health Sciences. – TradeArabia News Service