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UAE hosts WHO celebration of Universal Health Coverage Day



DUBAI, 13th December, 2021 (WAM) — Expo 2020 Dubai hosted the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) celebration of the Universal Health Coverage Day, which falls on 12th December, under the theme "Leave no one's health behind: invest in health systems for all".

On this occasion, Expo 2020 Dubai devoted one day to celebrating the global efforts on the journey towards universal health coverage and advancing the sustainable development goals (SDGs) for global prosperity.

The ceremony was attended by Abdul Rahman bin Mohammad bin Nasser Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention, Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director-General the Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau, Dr. Hussein Abdul Rahman Al Rand, Assistant Under-Secretary for the Public Health Sector, and officials from the government health sector.

Attending from WHO were Dr. Tedros Adhanom, WHO Director-General, Dr. Ahmed Al Mandhari, WHO’s Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, and a number of officials in the health sector and WHO.

Also attending were an elite group of international speakers who shared their insights and aspirations on universal coverage and how to create a healthy enabling environment for communities.

The event constitutes a global platform and a perfect opportunity for decision-makers and representatives of organisations and pavilions of over 100 countries participating in Expo 2020 Dubai to discuss future strategies, in order to develop a global universal health coverage system, which enhances the ability of countries to provide positive initiatives for societies.

It's also an opportunity to forge permanent partnerships and offer effective solutions for the challenges facing our world today in light of the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A common goal In his speech, Al Owais welcomed WHO Director-General and all the attendees and thanked the organisation and its staff for their tremendous efforts in promoting and developing cooperation opportunities among the Member States.

"Our common goal today is to continue working to strengthen cooperation as part of our endeavors to realise universal health coverage. This is achieved by joining forces, exchanging experiences, taking advantage of all available tools and resources and harnessing knowledge and technology, and everything that would contribute to raising the level of health care services and access to quality healthy life," Al Owais added.

Supporting WHO efforts "The UAE, through the hosting of this global event, would like to reaffirm its keenness to promote synergy among member states, to move towards achieving sustainable development and quality health care in the world, in addition to playing an effective and impactful role in supporting the efforts of the World Health Organisation," Al Owais stated.

He added that the event coincides with the celebrations of UAE's golden jubilee, a stage in which the state strives to achieve a paradigm shift in its development march, prepare plans and projects, and anticipate the future of the next fifty years.

This represents a qualitative addition to the UAE's efforts to support the system of joint work with the World Health Organisation, he said in conclusion.

Health care for all Dr. Hussain Al Rand commended the tremendous efforts made by WHO to achieve universal health coverage and fight the coronavirus and its mutated strains.

Al Rand highlighted the importance of the event in building joint global strategies to support equitable access to universal coverage, especially vaccines, treatments, and health services on the basis of principles of solidarity and sustainability, through approaches based on access to basic health care services for all.

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Ministry of Health authorises new ECG app with 95% accurate, instant results



DUBAI, 26th January, 2022 (WAM) –The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP), in cooperation with ProCardio Medical Equipment Company, is showcasing at the Arab Health 2022 the latest ECG interpretation and analysis smart app, with 95% accurate and instant results.

This comes as part of the ministry's efforts to help healthcare providers and patients to use the latest innovations in reading and diagnosing the electrocardiogram (ECG) results accurately and instantly, leading to a better and faster diagnosis, especially for critical cases.

The app is now available for use in the UAE after having been licensed by the ministry's Health Regulatory Sector. The app can accurately and quickly read, analyze, and diagnose the patient's condition, which would be particularly important in dealing with critical cases, such as cardiac arrhythmia "an irregular heartbeat".

Using artificial intelligence technology, the ECG can be read and data analyzed by the paramedic teams within 10-30 seconds, whether during road accidents or at home. It can transfer the real image of the ECG reality to the hospital after analyzing it with an accuracy of up to 95%, which contributes to reducing time and effort and saving patients' lives.

The application has the ability to diagnose (45) heart diseases in less than 10 seconds, including cardiac arrhythmia, conduction disorders, myocardial infarction, ventricular and atrial hypertrophy, pericarditis, angina pectoris.

"The new project comes in line with the ministry’s efforts to attract, license, and register innovative medical products and advanced applications that support and facilitate the work of health care providers and members of society," said Dr. Amin Hussein Al-Amiri, Assistant Undersecretary for the Health Regulation Sector. "We are also keen to promote the use of modern technology which plays a major role in producing medical and digital equipment and supplies.

Al Amiri asserted that the trend towards the use of cutting-edge technology would help enhance the country’s competitiveness by creating a legislative and investment environment keeping pace with international best practices, thus cementing the UAE's status as a global destination to attract global and digital medical companies and motivate them to open branches in the UAE.

Thanks to the UAE's success in preserving the intellectual property rights of manufacturing medical equipment and innovative medicines, the ministry seeks to encourage hundreds of international companies to choose the UAE as a regional headquarters for its logistical stock of medical and pharmaceutical products and items.

This would help support patients, the treatment system, and the medical tourism program, to attract patients from across the region to get their treatment in the UAE, Al Amiri said in conclusion.

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UAE resumes entry for travellers from 12 African countries, updates entry measures with another 3 effective January 29



ABU DHABI, 26th January, 2022 (WAM) — The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) have announced the resumption of all inbound flights for national and international carriers and transit passengers from Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe in addition to updating the entry measures for travellers coming in from Uganda, Ghana and Rwanda, from Saturday, January 29, effective 14.30, while adhereing to all relevant precautionary measures in place.

Those coming from the above mentioned countries to the UAE have to have a negative COVID-19 test obtained within 48 hours from the approved labs in their respective countries of departure and a Rapid-PCR test at the airports of departure in addition to undertaking PCR test upon arrival while adhering to all relevant precautionary and preventative measures.

Those suffering COVID-19 symptoms are advised not to travel.

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Crown Prince of Fujairah visits sculpture placed between the sunset and sunrise of Al Haniyah desert



FUJAIRAH, 26th January, 2022 (WAM) — H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah, stressed the importance of creative arts in depicting human history and its development, building bridges of communication and tolerance between people and shaping their culture.

H.H. Sheikh Mohammed paid the visit to Al Haniya desert of the Emirate of Fujairah with his children, to view the art of Italian sculptor "Jago" entitled "Look here", which was recently moved to Al Haniya desert in Fujairah.

He listened to statements about the art piece, it’s idea, and the journey of moving it from Italy to the UAE with the support of Fujairah Government. The artist conveyed his gratification the great media and society interest that the sculpture received after it was transferred from Naples, where it was exhibited previously for six months. It finally moved to its new tranquil home on the unique sands of Al Haniyah.

His Highness commended the efforts made to transfer the art installation to Al Haniyah desert in Fujairah, as this step constitutes the artistic and touristic importance of the emirate, and enhances the region’s aesthetic and biodiversity value. The sculpture also led to capturing innovative and creative expressions by the people who settled, took the time to search for it and document it through social media and art.

The sculpture, which is in the shape of the infant, attracted the attention of visitors and artists from all over the UAE. Citizens, expatriates and tourists flocked to experience the art through photography, picnics and painting workshops, which made Al Haniyah desert a trending and unique tourist destination. This unique terrain that combines mountains and desert had a new element of beauty added to it through the concept of human art expression and merging of different cultures.

The art project was launched late November of last year as a unique and innovative tourism and art experience to unveil the hidden desert of Fujairah that little was known of. The sculpture was intentionally placed at the meeting point of mountains and desert anonymously. This led to it being discovered by tourists and visitors turning it to a first of its kind tourism experience that has art, experimentation and exploration at its core. Tourists posted and tagged the newly launched official tourism social media platform @discoverFujairah.

Italian artist Jago thanked His Highness the Crown Prince of Fujairah for his support to art and artists, and for facilitating the execution of this art project and adding it to the rich culture of Fujairah. Jago expressed his happiness with the great interaction and interest the art sculpture has received from the UAE community and looks forward to future collaborations.

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