Dubai Thalassemia Centre wins top award
Dubai, January 31, 2013
The Thalassemia Centre in Dubai recently won the Excellence in Patient Centred Care Award at Arab Health 2013.
The Thalassemia centre in Dubai is the Emirate’s only dedicated centre to manage this condition and provides internationally recognised levels of care in chronic disease management for Thalassemic patients.
The award is presented to a hospital or institution that has developed the most effective patient centred care approach in the region, a statement from the centre said.
Thalassaemia is an inherited blood disorder in which the body makes an abnormal form of haemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen. This results in excessive destruction of red blood cells leading to anemia.
Therefore majority of patients have to undergo regular blood transfusions and get rid of the [extra] iron in their bodies.
The centre provides advanced levels of care and support to these patients to ensure that they can live a normal life to the maximum extent possible.
Dr Khawla Belhoul, director of Dubai Thalassemia Centre, said that the centre has 28 beds, provides services to 834 patients, of which 48 per cent are Emiratis and 52 per cent are expatriates.
“The centre has all necessary equipment to provide services to patients such as blood transfusions and the fact that the Dubai Blood Donation Centre is located adjacent to this centre, is an advance, due to the regular blood supply needed by Thalassemic patients.”
“It provides several support programmes for patients including helping them find jobs, sending them abroad for recreational holidays so that they get a break from the monotony of regular treatments,” she added.
The centre has social workers and a physiology department that provides counseling to patients and their family members to help them cope with the disease. – TradeArabia News Service