Sharjah, UAE: As part of an initiative to increase health awareness in the UAE community, Sharjah Health Authority (SHA) and University Hospital Sharjah (UHS) offered health examinations and screenings to Sharjah Economic Development Department (SEDD) visitors and staff on October 13 from 9am to 2pm at the Department’s main headquarter.
The initiative, which was conducted under the guidance of HH Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, aims to raise awareness of the necessity of early diagnosis and the ways different medical conditions can be treated.
Commenting on the initiative, HE Abdullah Ali Al Mahyan, Chairman of Sharjah Health Authority and Chairman of Board of Trustees, at University Hospital Sharjah, said: “A multitude of factors can contribute to weight gain, high cholesterol, and even diabetes.Thus, without proper health education, these problems can go undetected for years. In an effort to improve the well being of Sharjah residents and the valuable staff of UAE government institutions, we are partnering with SEDD to ensure members of our community receive medical tests that could potentially save their lives.”
H.E Sultan Abdullah Bin Hadda Al Suwaidi, SEDD Chairman, stated; “Through these health campaign with SHA & UHS, we hope to provide SEDD employees and visitors with the help they need to get their health back on track, which comes within our social responsibility.”
Through the event, UHS medical professionals provided a variety of tests for employees and SEDDvisitors to check blood sugar levels, blood pressure, cholesterol, and body mass index (BMI). Personal sessions also were arranged with a UHS specialist dietician who guided those with high BMI and cholesterol in leading healthier lives. In addition, Sharjah Health Authority contributed by disseminating insurance information and briefing participants on eligibility. Lack of valuable information such as this keeps audience unware of the advantages they can benefit from.
It is worth mentioning that with the population of Sharjah and the Northern Emirates expected to reach 2.7 million by 2025, there is increased demand on medical facilities. UHS’ free screenings are part of the hospital’s ongoing series of community initiatives, and follow the hospital’s successful collaborations with Pink Caravan, Friends of Cancer Patients, Sharjah Charity International, Sharjah Media Cooperation and other government entity campaigns, which help spread awareness on the importance of the early detection of breast cancer and other illnesses.Oct 2016