DHA, Jaheziya partner to upgrade Dubai’s emergency, health crisis management system

DUBAI: The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with National Training (Jaheziya) to prepare and train medical and specialised personnel, enhance their capabilities and efficiency to handle emergencies, disasters, and health crises according to international standards and protocols.

The MoU was signed by Dr. Khaled Abdullah Lootah, Public Health Consultant and Director of the Disaster and Crisis Centre at the Dubai Health Authority, and Dr. Adel Al Shamry Al Ajami, CEO of the UAE Readiness and Medical Response Programme and Director-General of the National Training (Jaheziya).

The memorandum outlines expanding cooperation between the parties regarding the implementation of training plans to qualify individuals and medical institutions in the healthcare sector (government and private) based on the training needs and requirements approved by the Authority, using the best and latest global methods and approaches in safety, emergency preparedness, crisis management, and he
alth disaster areas.

Dubai Health Authority and the National Training (Jaheziya) extended their cooperation to include launching advanced training programmes across Dubai, focusing on emergency preparedness and crisis management in alignment with each entity’s legislation, procedures, and current systems.

Furthermore, the MoU allows for organising scientific seminars, joint workshops, specialised activities, and events in the field of emergency preparedness and crisis management. It also involves providing necessary training, technical, and logistical services to support Dubai Health Authority’s vital efforts in this area.

Under the MoU, National Training (Jaheziya) will provide access to a fully equipped field hospital to conduct simulated exercises and training programmes.

In the realm of research and collaboration efforts, Dubai Health Authority and the National Training (Jaheziya) will begin knowledge exchange in both clinical and non-clinical fields. The parties will also focus on improving services
and implementing workshops on research methodologies. Several innovation-related projects in healthcare will be launched.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Expert: The world is not ready to face another pandemic

Bethlehem – Together – A global health expert warned that the world is not prepared for another health crisis like ‘Covid-19,’ as countries make a final push to agree on a way to move forward with a treaty on the pandemic.

Member states of the World Health Organization met in Geneva on Friday to determine how to continue negotiations on an agreement after the deadline was passed this month.

‘We only hope that in the next few months we will not face another pandemic that finds us in a world that is still not prepared to face a major crisis,’ said Muhammad Ali Butt, a board member of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

A major sticking point in the treaty has been provisions that low- and middle-income countries must receive 20% of tests, treatments and vaccines developed to fight the pandemic, either at non-profit costs or donated.

Ali Butt said this number was reasonable to avoid the scramble for life-saving products, which has left African countries last in line during the Covid-19 c

The sources said that while talks on the treaty are likely to continue for months or even years, a parallel process to update the current set of rules governing disease outbreaks at the international level is moving closer to an agreement, and it could be signed before the end of the World Health Organization’s annual meeting on Saturday. .

Source: Maan News Agency

On World No Tobacco Day, here are the health risks associated with it

Together – On May 31 of each year, the world celebrates World No Tobacco Day, which aims to raise public awareness about the health risks associated with smoking.

Dr. Anton Cazenov, a pulmonologist, points out that according to statistics, smoking is the cause of 15 percent of all deaths in the world. The consequences of smoking do not appear immediately, but can cause serious diseases. They include the development of tumors at any age, damage to the heart, blood vessels and respiratory system, and increased risks of coronary heart disease, stroke, peripheral vascular disease, cerebrovascular disease, and bronchitis. The risk of blood clots and infertility also increases, and there is a noticeable deterioration in the general condition of the body, health and appearance.

According to him, cigarettes not only harm the smoker himself, but also harm the people around him. Because passive smoking has a slow but significant harmful effect on the human body.

He says: ‘Currently, electronic cigarettes have become
more popular. There is a widespread belief in society that they are safer, unlike traditional cigarettes. Some people also try to quit smoking using electronic cigarettes, but in reality this is a wrong idea. Because electronic cigarettes are not a substitute for cigarettes.’ Smoking traditional cigarettes also causes serious diseases and does not rule out addiction to nicotine. In addition to the above, the use of one device by several people increases the risk of spreading infection.’

Source: Maan News Agency

A new factor in the development of depression

Together – It became clear to researchers from Yale University that physical weakness may increase the risk of depression in middle-aged people.

Nature Communications magazine indicates that, according to researchers, the possibility of this disorder increasing not only under conditions of complete weakness, but some of its signs appear in weight loss, for example.

This study included more than 350,000 people aged 37-73 years, during which the researchers relied on information they obtained from the British Biobank, which is considered the largest collection of biological samples.

The researchers divided the study participants into three groups according to the initial assessment of their health condition. The first group included healthy people, the second included people with one or two indicators of physical weakness, and the third included volunteers with three or more indicators.

Researchers point out that physical weakness is characterized by five indicators: weight loss, fatigue, muscle weakness, l
ack of physical activity, and slow walking speed.

After the scientists obtained the necessary information about the participants’ health, they began a phase of monitoring them over the next 12 years, during which the researchers recorded more and more cases of depression.

It became clear to the researchers that people with one (or more) and three (or more) indicators of physical frailty were 1.6 and 3.2 times more likely to develop depression, respectively, compared to healthy participants. This association was more pronounced in men and middle-aged people, that is, those under 65 years of age.

Scientists believe that physiological changes in the body caused by physical weakness can provoke inflammation in the brain, creating the conditions for the development of depression.

Source: Maan News Agency

8 daily habits that will keep your mind sharp until old age

TOGETHER- Maintaining mental sharpness as you age is about making daily habits and healthy lifestyle choices.

Some people can remain mentally alert into their 70s, 80s and beyond as a result of following a daily routine that helps them stay alert.

Below are 8 habits that can become key elements in a daily routine that maintains mental activity in the seventies and beyond, according to what was published by the Global English Editing website.

1. Physical activity

Regular physical activity is one of the most common habits among people who maintain their mental sharpness in their 70s and beyond.

Exercise also helps maintain physical fitness, in addition to directly affecting brain health.

Exercise increases blood flow to the brain, which helps support cognitive functions.

The brain releases chemicals that enhance the mood and make the person feel more relaxed.

2. Lifelong learning

Another habit observed in people who remain mentally alert is a commitment to lifelong learning.

Lifelong learning activiti
es include reading, participating in book clubs, participating in seminars and lectures, and even enrolling in online courses.

Continuous learning stimulates the mind and makes one’s life enjoyable and boredom-free.

3. Healthy diet

In addition, some foods enhance brain health. A Mediterranean diet, rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, olive oil and lean protein, is associated with a lower risk of cognitive decline.

And incorporating more brain-boosting foods like blueberries, broccoli, pumpkin seeds and dark chocolate into daily meals can make a big difference.

4. Regular social interaction

In parallel, remaining socially active is another habit for those who remain mentally sharp in their later years, because humans are social creatures and their brains thrive through interactions with others.

Whether it’s catching up with friends for coffee, participating in group activities, or just chatting with neighbors, regular social interaction stimulates the brain and keeps a person mentally engaged. On
the other hand, isolation can have a detrimental effect on mental and physical health.

5. Adequate sleep

Meanwhile, getting a good night’s sleep isn’t just about feeling refreshed in the morning. It plays a crucial role in a person’s cognitive health as well.

During sleep, the brain works to consolidate memories and get rid of waste.

6. Mindfulness and meditation

In today’s fast-paced world, it is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle and forget to make time for yourself.

But those who remain mentally alert as they age often practice mindfulness or meditation.

These practices help reduce stress, enhance focus, and promote a sense of peace and well-being.

7. Cognitive exercises

Just as physical exercise is important for maintaining a healthy body, cognitive exercise is essential for a healthy brain.

It can simply be done by solving crosswords or puzzles. Cognitive exercises such as puzzles, board games, or learning a new language challenge the brain and keep it active.

They help build menta
l resilience and keep cognitive decline at bay.

8. Positive attitude

Perhaps the most important habit of all is maintaining a positive attitude. Those who remain mentally alert into their golden years often have an optimistic outlook on life.

A positive attitude helps you deal better with stressful situations, reduces the risk of physical health problems, and contributes to prolonging life.

Source: Maan News Agency

MoHAP organises workshop to introduce UAE Health Research Platform

DUBAI: The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has organised a workshop to provide an orientation about the UAE Health Research Platform, developed in collaboration with Elsevier and the National Centre for Health Research.

The workshop aimed to shed light on the platform’s capabilities and its significance to various stakeholders, including health institutions, hospitals, and academic bodies. The platform is designed to offer valuable information on the current state of health and medical research in the UAE, along with fundamental science research subjects relevant to the country’s healthcare sector.

The seminar was attended by a number of leaders in the health and academic fields, including Dr. Amin Hussein Al Amiri, Assistant Under-Secretary for the Health Regulation Sector; Dr. Marwan Al Kaabi, Acting CEO of Shakhbout Medical City; Dr. Khalil Ibrahim Qayed, Director of the National Centre for Health Research at the Ministry; Dr. Ismail Matalqa, President of Ras Al Khaimah Medical and Health Scien
ces University, deans of colleges of medicine and health sciences, deputy deans in the country, as well as directors of the departments of research, statistics, policy and innovation.

The symposium provided a platform to improve communication and collaboration between health institutions and academic entities in the field of health research within the country. It also aimed to speed up the process of updating researchers’ data on the platform.

The launch of the Health Research Platform received significant attention at Arab Health 2024. This platform is the first of its kind in the GCC and Arab regions, the platform offers access to a robust database of health research published by academic institutions, healthcare organisations, and the private sector in the UAE.

It also provides detailed information about researchers categorised by their respective disciplines in medical, health, and related basic sciences since 2017.

Dr. Mohammed Al Olama emphasised that the Health Research Platform is a unique initiat
ive that reflects the Ministry’s commitment to creating an innovative and excellent environment within the health sector. “This platform is not merely a database but a gateway that offers essential information necessary for data-driven planning critical to the development of knowledge, research, and innovation capabilities in the health fields,” he stated.

Dr. Al Olama further highlighted that the workshop organised by the Ministry was crucial to illustrating the platform’s significant role as an effective tool for collecting and documenting health and medical research across the country. Additionally, the platform helps provide data on the performance of published research, which fosters enhanced cooperation between academic bodies and health institutions.

He further stated that the Ministry will continue to extend full support to the platform and all related efforts to promote health research in the country, aiming to positively impact the health of the community through the outcomes of this research.

ource: Emirates News Agency

Dubai Health Authority, University of Birmingham Dubai partner to develop healthcare sector

DUBAI: The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and the University of Birmingham Dubai recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance healthcare sector development efforts.

The MoU was signed by Awadh Seghayer Al Ketbi, Director-General of the Dubai Health Authority; and Professor Yusra Mozoughi, Provost of the University of Birmingham Dubai, in the presence of officials and experts.

The MoU marks a significant step in advancing human resources for health and strategic development initiatives. Fourteen employees graduated from the university’s training programme, aligning with global best practices in health systems and policy development.

The memorandum includes various areas of cooperation, focusing on developing health policies and strategies, implementing advanced mechanisms for monitoring, evaluating, and measuring the future impact of policies, as well as exchanging experiences and knowledge.

Additionally, the memorandum covers other important areas such as research and development, training
and talent enhancement, improving investment levels in experiences and human competencies, and other healthcare and specialised fields.

The collaboration between Dubai Health Authority and the University of Birmingham extends to organising specialised courses according to the highest standards and modern practices to meet the needs of the Authority’s employees. This collaboration aims to foster a culture of continuous education within the Dubai Health Authority.

Al Ketbi emphasised Dubai Health Authority’s clear policy of collaboration with all local and international health, scientific, and academic institutions, serving the strategic goals of Dubai’s healthcare sector and enhancing opportunities for achieving the highest levels of health welfare.

Fatima Abbas, CEO of the Strategy and Corporate Development Sector at the DHA, said that the partnership with the University of Birmingham will have a significant positive impact on supporting the Authority’s efforts, enhancing its role, and guiding its path tow
ards sustainable health.

Professor Yusra Mouzughi, Provost at the University of Birmingham Dubai, said, “This collaboration delivers on our mission ensuring that we serve the communities in which we operate. We are excited to bring benefit to the health workforce by connecting them to best practices and development through education, research enabling them to become active contributors to the advancement of the latest sector solutions appraising the impact of change in our health systems and policies towards the realisation of universal health coverage and the health-related Sustainable Development Goals.’

Source: Emirates News Agency

Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City inaugurates Centre of Innovation and Medical Simulation

ABU DHABI: Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City, member of the PureHealth network, announced on Tuesday the official opening of its Centre of Innovation and Medical Simulation.

The inauguration was marked by the attendance of dignitaries from Abu Dhabi’s Department of Health, SEHA, and partner university hospitals and represents another milestone achievement in the hospital’s commitment to shaping the future of health care education and setting new benchmarks in the region.

This state-of-the-art facility serves as an advanced medical simulation centre for training health care professionals, including doctors, nurses, allied health workers, and medical students.

Offering a range of advanced educational experiences, the centre is equipped with a variety of simulation facilities covering basic to complex medical scenarios. These include specialised units for adults, paediatrics and a unique pregnant woman simulation unit, providing realistic, hands-on training across various medical pathologies.

Additionally, the c
entre features highly advanced endoscopy and ultrasound simulators, as well as simulated burns and trauma management apparatus.

Dr. Marwan Alkaabi, SSMC’s Acting Chief Executive Officer, said, ‘As a transformation-orientated organisation, SSMC continues to be at the forefront of adopting state-of-the-art technology, key innovative procedures and techniques to improve the overall patient journey.

‘This multidisciplinary educational facility will further enhance SSMC’s reputation for setting benchmarks in education and training standards, fostering excellence and ensuring consistency in patient care and service quality.’

According to Dr. Alkaabi, the hospital’s new simulation facility will also be an immediate benefit for the next generation of health care professionals, with SSMC already collaborating with several prestigious universities and teaching hospital partners, in the UAE.

Dr. Abdulkarim Saleh, Acting Dean of Education at SSMC, said, ‘The Centre of Innovation and Medical Simulation is a significan
t addition to SSMC, as well as the wider medical community.

‘With an ongoing commitment to developing the UAE’s health care talent, this announcement further demonstrates SSMC’s continuing investment in research, education and development, and wider health care vision for the UAE and region,’ Dr. Saleh concluded.

The inauguration of the centre can be seen as another milestone in support of the hospital’s existing research and educational capabilities and demonstrates a commitment to delivering life-changing advancements for patients in the UAE and beyond.

Source: Emirates News Agency