Sharjah, UAE: As part of an ongoing Sharjah Health Authority (SHA) and University Hospital Sharjah (UHS) initiative,the second round of its free community health screenings were offered to the Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA),on 1 June. Started in May, the initiative offers both staff and visitors of government offices an opportunity to check their blood sugar levels, cholesterol, blood pressure and body mass index (BMI).
A team of specialist nurses from UHS conducted the tests on more than 250 plus employees and visitors of SEWA and also offered them advice and support, in relation to their results.
The SHA and UHS initiative helps raise awareness of the need for early diagnosis and prevention of various health conditions. Every month, UHS nurses visit a different Sharjah Government department to offer these free tests to staff and visitors.
The initiative is conducted under the guidance of HH Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the UAE Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.
“Many people are unaware they are diabetic or have hypertension, as these diseases can often remain undetected, but the costs of treating these diseases can be multiplied if left undiagnosed. It is a huge social problem and can also affect productivity in the workforce,” said HE Abdullah Al Mahyan, Chairman of Sharjah Health Authority.
“Sharjah Health Authority’s proactive approach and association with UHS will help advise people on how they can take care of and manage their health.This is an agreed upon strategy that is hoped will have along-term benefit for the health of citizens and residents, in Sharjah and the UAE,” Al Mahyan added.
According to UHS and many other medical professionals, there is an urgent need to address the rapid spread of diabetes, in the UAE and internationally. More than one million people in the UAE suffer from Type 2 Diabetes, which is the preventable form of the disease,but it can be subsequently managed by eating healthily, exercising and keeping one’s Body Mass Index (BMI)at healthy levels.
Michael Stroud, CEO and Member of the Board of Trustees at UHS said; “The awareness campaigns are part of the fight against non-communicable diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. We are pleased to support Sharjah Health Authority’s initiative and offer our nursing staff – to help with the free blood tests and advise.”
The population of Sharjah and the Northern Emirates is expected to reach 2.7 million by 2025, and that will stretch the demand on medical facilities.The free screenings are part of UHS’s ongoing series of community initiatives and follows the hospital’s hugely successful “Pink Caravan”campaign that helps spread awareness on the importance of the early detection of breast cancer.Jun 2016