Monthly Archives: March 2015

Rare surgery performed on newborn baby in GMC Hospital Ajman

Dr. Lalit Parida, Consultant Pediatric Surgeon at GMC Hospital, Ajman operated upon the 12 days old baby and corrected the rare anomaly.

When a baby was born to a certain couple their joy was understandable as their previous baby had unfortunately died during pregnancy. But their happiness was short lived as the newborn baby gradually developed severe breathing difficulty. He was investigated at GMC Hospital, Ajman and found to have right sided congenital diaphragmatic hernia. In this defect there is a hole in the diaphragm, which is the muscle which separates the chest from the abdomen. In their baby, there was a large hole in the right side of the diaphragm muscle. The entire right side of the liver along with the large and small intestine had gone into the right chest through this hole. These organs then pressed the right lung directly resulting in severe breathing difficulty and also the heart was pushed to the extreme left side of the chest. This is a life threatening condition and the baby was put on a mechanical ventilator (breathing machine) in the hospital’s NICU (neonatal intensive care unit).

The NICU team consulted Dr. Lalit Parida, Consultant Pediatric Surgeon at GMC Hospital, Ajman for the surgical treatment. The parents were explained in detail about their baby’s condition by Dr. Lalit, who then operated upon the 12 days old baby and corrected the anomaly.

While explaining the surgery which was done under general anesthesia in the 2.8 kilograms baby, Dr. Lalit said he made an incision in the abdomen and had to bring back the liver and intestines from the chest into the abdomen. He then closed the large hole in the diaphragm muscle and then finally closed the incision made in the abdomen. The baby had to stay on the mechanical ventilator for few days after surgery and thereafter was breathing and eating on his own. The baby was finally discharged from the hospital in excellent condition. The parents were very happy when they received their bundle of joy and expressed their gratitude to Dr. Lalit and all involved hospital staff for the successful treatment.

Dr.Lalit ParidaAccording to Dr. Lalit, this is a rare birth defect which is seen once in every few thousand births and is usually seen on the left side of the diaphragm and right sided diaphragmatic hernia is uncommon. These babies can have additional lung, heart and bowel defects which can be very severe in some cases, sometimes even resulting in death.

Dr. Lalit Parida is working as a Consultant Pediatric Surgeon at GMC Hospital, Ajman which is the first JCI accredited hospital in Ajman. He has received his Pediatric Surgery training from the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India. He has additionally received advanced surgical training in USA from the highly prestigious Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis.

Health Talk on “COMMON HEART DISEASES” at GMC Hospital, Fujairah

GMC Hospital Fujairah Conducted a Health Talk on “COMMON HEART DISEASES” for the staff of General Directorate of Residence and Foreigners’ Affairs, Fujairah, on 24.03.2015.

Health TalkThe Health talk was delivered by Dr. Altaf, Cardiologist who spoke on the Symptoms and Risk Factors of Common Heart Diseases.

Health Talk Coronary artery condition is also called ischemic heart problems. It truly is due to atherosclerosis, this is the narrowing as well as impediment on the bloodstream who supplies the guts. The idea is probably the most typical types of heart problems plus the major root cause of cardiovascular assaults as well as angina.

Dr. Altaf differentiated the risk factors of heart disease into controllable and Uncontrollable factors.

Health Talk Uncontrollable risk factors include:

  • Older age
  • Family history of heart disease
  • Post-menopausal

Controllable risk factors include:

  • Smoking
  • High LDL, or “bad” cholesterol and low HDL, or “good” cholesterol
  • Uncontrolled hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Physical inactivity
  • Obesity (more than 20% over one’s ideal body weight)
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • High C-reactive protein
  • Uncontrolled stress and anger

The talk was very well appreciated by the attendees who were around 20 in number.

Thumbay hospital to offer free specialist consultation every week

Free ConsultationThe newly opened Thumbay Hospital in Al Qusais Dubai will offer Free Consultation with Consultants & Specialists, every Saturday from 28th March to 25th April 2015. People can avail consultations from 9am – 9 pm every week in the following departments: cardiology • internal medicine & general practitioner • general surgery ENT • gynecology • pediatrics • orthopedics • dermatology • urology • dental • ophthalmology. The hospital is offering 20% discount on lab and radiology services.

We will make this a regular event, which is organized to create awareness on various dental health issues. We always get overwhelming response for our free health camps, said Mr. Akbar Moideen, Director, Healthcare and Retail Division of Thumbay Group UAE. He further added, that “As part of the corporate social responsibility of Thumbay Group we would like to help the public with free health camps every year, especially to those who do not have easy access to healthcare as it is an expensive commodity in this country.  A lot of people across the UAE benefit from these camps”.

Thumbay Hospital Dubai to hold Free Dental Camp on 28th March 2015

Dental PromotionTo bring about dental health awareness to the people in the region, Thumbay Hospital Dubai will be organizing a Free Dental Health Camp on Saturday the 28th March 2015 from 9.00 am to 8.00 pm.

A team of specialist doctors, consultants, nurses and volunteers will conduct free consultations and checkups in dental specialties including orthodontics, endodontics and pedodontics.

People can avail 30% discount on all dental services. A free consultation is offered by dentists and on oral hygiene specialists. A free topical fluoride application for children between 3-12 years will be offered on the day.

We will make this a regular event, which is organized to create awareness on various dental health issues. We always get overwhelming response for our free health camps, said Mr. Akbar Moideen, Director, Healthcare and Retail Division of Thumbay Group UAE. He further added, that “As part of the corporate social responsibility of Thumbay Group we would like to help the public with free health camps every year, especially to those who do not have easy access to healthcare as it is an expensive commodity in this country.  A lot of people across the UAE benefit from these camps”.

Gulf Medical University to host Simulation Conference and “Simulation Olympics” on 9 April 2015

Center for Advanced Simulation in Healthcare, GMU announces launch of “MedSim Olympics”, the first ever Simulation Olympics in the region.

Ajman: Center for Advanced Simulation in Healthcare – Gulf Medical University one of the leading simulation-based training centers in the region, will be organizing the 1st Annual Conference on Clinical Skills and Simulation in Medical Education on the 9th of April 2015 A distinguished group of internationally renowned faculty in this field have been selected to deliver the talks at the conference.

The latest facilities and services at the center are available for use by various institutions, organizations and companies to benefit from the regular high-quality training programs and courses that are offered on a regular basis, said Prof. Manda Venkatramana, Director of the Center and Dean College of Medicine, Gulf Medical University.  The conference, which will have keynote addresses from international experts, will reiterate the importance of incorporating simulation in medical education to foster a new generation of health-care professionals who will be better equipped to deliver safe and high quality care.

CASH-2International experts like Prof. Tim Kristensen, University of Copenhagen, Prof. Robert O’Brien, University of Melbourne, Prof Guillaume Alinier, University of Hertfordshire           UK, Ms. Carrie Hamilton, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and          Prof. Manda Venkatramana, Director, Center for Advanced Simulation in Healthcare and Dean College of Medicine, GMU will deliver keynote lectures at the conference. The conference is accredited by the Ministry of Health UAE for 5.5 CME Hrs.CASH-3External Advisory Board: The Founder President Board of Governors GMU Mr. Thumbay Moideen has announced the formation of an External Advisory Board for the center. International experts have been invited to be on board and the first meeting will be chaired by the Provost of GMU Prof. Gita Ashok Raj on 9th April 2015, he mentioned.

The center has conducted about 100 training sessions and trained almost 1500 multidisciplinary health-care professionals since its opening in January 2014.CASH-4Center for Advanced Simulation in Healthcare is a member of various International Simulation associations and organizations like Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM), Denmark, Australian Society for Simulation in Healthcare (ASSH), Association of standardized patient education (ASPE), Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH), Canadian Network for Simulation in Healthcare (CNSH), and Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH) United Kingdom.



The Center for Advanced Simulation in Healthcare – Gulf Medical University is launching the MedSim Olympics. This championship is being held for the first time in the region and we are delighted to invite teams from various colleges and universities and hospitals in the UAE, said Prof. Manda. We want to expand the participation to teams from other GCC countries from the next edition of Simulation Olympics 2016, he added.

MEDSIM OLYMPICS is a championship contest where inter-professional healthcare teams will encounter simulation-based patient management challenges giving them an opportunity to competently display their crisis resource management skills effectively. This year’s theme is Life Support. The teams consist of Physicians, nurses, resident and an Intern or a medical student. The winning team will be honored as the MEDSIM CHAMPIONS of the year. The theme for MedSim Olympics 2016 will be Pediatrics and Gynecology.

Explaining the rules Prof. Manda gave the following details:

MEDSIM OLYMPICS is a championship contest where inter-professional healthcare teams will encounter simulation-based patient management challenges giving them an opportunity to competently display their crisis resource management skills effectively.

2015 THEME: Life Support   

TEAMS: The required number of participants in a Team shall be not more than 6. Each team shall consist of:

- Not more than 3 Physicians from different specialties with valid AHA-BLS & AHA-ACLS license

- Rest of the team members can include other Healthcare Professionals with valid AHA-BLS /  AHA-ACLS license (preferable)


- The composition of each Team must meet the specifications mentioned above

- Teams will be expected to manage a ‘simulation based –scenario ‘of about 20 minutes duration

- Teams shall be assessed on their Technical and Non-Technical skills

- Teams should pass the semifinal round to qualify for the final round

- Only 3 Teams shall be selected to compete in the final round

- A judging panel comprising of international experts shall observe and mark each Team’s performance during the final round using a standard check-list

- The winning team will be honored as the MEDSIM CHAMPIONS of the year

- The decision of the Judging Panel shall be final and binding.

WHEN: Semi Finals:  Saturday, April 4th 2015   Finals: Thursday April 9th, 2015

Last date for registration:  Thursday, April 2, 2015

WHERE:  Center for Advanced Simulation In Healthcare (CASH), GMU.

New OT inaugurated at GMC Hospital Fujairah

The Founder President Mr. Thumbay Moideen, visionary behind Thumbay Group inaugurated the state of art highly advanced Modular Operation Theatre in presence of Mr. Akbar Moideen Thumbay, Director Operations (Healthcare Division), Dr. Manvir Singh Walia, Administrative Director (Healthcare Division) and Dr. C.R.Sathyanarayanan, Medical Director GMC Hospital, Fujairah on 18th March, 2015.

Fujairah OT

Fujairah OTThe Modular Operation Theatre with laminar flow along with the post-operative recovery area, which can handle any major surgeries, makes GMC Hospital, Fujairah a leading surgical center in the region.

Fujairah OTSince the Hospital has two Operation theatres, one exclusively dedicated to Obstetrics & Gynecology Department, it will gratify the surgical needs of people in and around Fujairah, says Dr. Manish Singhal, Asstt. Administrative Director GMC Hospital Fujairah.

Fujairah OT

Annual Global Day 2015 Celebrated at Gulf Medical University

It was an evening of pomp, gaiety, and show of talent by the students of Gulf Medical University.

They celebrated the GMU-Thumbay Hospitals Annual Global Day at campus’s sprawling ground in Ajman, which was attended by over 2500 students, their parents and friends apart from the faculty and staff of GMU and GMC Hospitals.

Global Day 2015

Global Day 2015

Students from 72 countries who study at the university were in their ethnic best, be it in their colorful national dresses or as a repository of talent, which was exhibited both in the exhibition arena as well as on the stage. Over 19 country pavilions were set-up displaying their national heritage and all the visitors were treated for mouthwatering food from different countries.

Global Day 2015

Global Day 2015Held every year under the patronage of the Founder President, Board of Governors of GMU, Mr. Thumbay Moideen, GMU –GMCH Annual Global Day serves as a platform for students to show the essence of their ethnicity and respective cultures through entertainment comprising songs, dance performances and skits.  Various competitions were held in solo and group singing, group dances, cultural dress, talent and fashion shows.

Global Day 2015Prof. Gita Ashok Raj inaugurated the festival and toured the country pavilions along with senior academic leadership of the university. She was all praise for the talent displayed by the students. She said that the Global Day brings together students, faculty, staff and their families to celebrate ‘Unity in Diversity’.

Global Day 2015

Prof. Gita Ashok Raj gave away the prizes to the winners of fashion show, talent show and country performances.  Iraq students won the Overall Champions Prize.

Global Day 2015

Global Day 2015Others who won prizes in various categories were:

Pavilion Prizes:  KSA and Bilad Al-Sham shared the joint First Prize for the best country pavilion. 2nd Place: IRAQ, 3rd Place: United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Honorary Pavilion Prizes: Best Entrance Gate: IRAN, Best Cultural Food: Egypt, Best Hospitality: Algeria

Fashion Show: Ms. Ethnic – 1st Place: INDIA, 2nd Place: IRAQ and 3rd Place: PAKISTAN

Mr. Ethnic – 1st Place: IRAQ, 2nd Place: INDIA and 3rd Place: KSA

Country Performances: 1st Place: INDIA, 2nd Place: BILAD AL-SHAM and 3rd Place: KSA

Gulf Medical University Research Center gets the most coveted ‘cap’ Accreditation


The Center for Advanced Biomedical Research and Innovation (CABRI) has received its accreditation from the College of American Pathologists (CAP), a much coveted credential that positions CABRI as a high quality specialty pathology laboratory.  

CABRI also has the distinction of being the first lab to be accredited by CAP in the Northern Emirates. This makes it possible for the community in the Northern Emirates to avail of the high quality specialty test services offered by CABRI.

Research Grant announced:

“This is a great achievement by a relatively young research center and I am proud of this feat. I wish to congratulate the entire research team for making this possible” said Thumbay Moideen, Founder President, Board of Governors Gulf Medical University. “The Thumbay Foundation has announced, as part of its strategy for promoting research, its intent to support Medical Research and will offer Research Grant of 10 Million dirhams over the next 6 years to encourage researchers to conduct medical research and innovation of the highest scientific caliber”. To facilitate this Thumbay Moideen has announced the establishment of a state of art “Innovation Center” under the aegis of CABRI to facilitate Medical Research and Innovation, for extending research to the “Last Mile”.


This achievement has opened the doors for transition of our institution from a purely academic institution to that of a research and innovation based university says Prof. Gita Ashok Raj, Provost of Gulf Medical University. It is indeed a matter of pride for all of us today, she added.

CABRI has strategic partnerships with leading CRO’s in order to leverage greater capacities in the field of clinical research. CABRI envisages inter-institutional collaborations and public private partnerships `to enhance its research scope in the near future, said Prof. P K Menon, Director CABRI. He also mentioned that among the new tests launched “Neo Natal Screening” using a blood spot on card has been launched at CABRI to provide assistance in screening infants for fifty four treatable conditions. An initiative on Next Gen Sequencing and Exome sequencing has also been established.


About CABRI:

The Center for Advanced Biomedical Research and Innovation, set-up at Gulf Medical University Ajman, focuses on research studies and advanced diagnostics in nationally important health areas like Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases, Genetic Disorders, Allergies and Thalassemia. CABRI is already working with some of the multinational companies on different research projects, and aims to focus on diagnostic testing. The Center has, in addition, the ability to do bio analytical testing, toxicology testing and rare metal analysis. The Center aims to be a leading service provider for High Complexity Testing in the next 3-5 years. The Center for Advanced Biomedical Research and Innovation will raise the current facility focusing on graduate studies and medical research to become an ‘incubator’ where new ideas can be nurtured and developed into commercial entities.

2nd UAE Clinical Simulation Conference (CSC) 2015

For the second year in a row, the Center for Advanced Simulation in Healthcare (CASH) bagged the Best Poster Presentation award at the “2nd UAE Clinical Simulation Conference (CSC), 2015” held in Dubai Health Care City, Dubai at the Mohammad Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center in February 2015 in collaboration with 1st SESAM (Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine) MENA Conference. The theme of the conference was ‘’Simulation: The Heart of Patient Safety”. The conference brought together internationally renowned keynote speakers, local experts and educators in simulation based trainings.

Dr. Erum Khan, Simulation Instructor and Life Support Trainer at CASH, GMU presented a poster on “Cognitive Overload Management: Empowering Simulation Based Medical Education through mindful reality checks.” as the primary author; the study was co-authored by Professor Manda Venkatramana Director, CASH and Dean, College of Medicine, GMU. The presentation was judged by SESAM and DHCC subject experts. The poster highlighted the importance of designing cognitive friendly simulation based experiences through mindful reality checks on the limitations of the learners cognitive ability in the light of current literature, experience and evidence gathered at CASH. The presentation concluded by discussion about the future implications and recommendations with the audience and panel of judges.

Clinical Simulation Conference Dr. Erum Khan proudly received the award during the Closing Ceremony of the Conference from Dr. Ralf Krage, President of Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM) and Dr. Amer Ahmad Sharif, Managing Director, Education Division, DHCC.  The poster received critical acclaim and appreciation from the International Panel of Judges and the Keynote Speakers.

Clinical Simulation Conference The Center for Advanced Simulation in Healthcare situated within the Gulf Medical University campus at Ajman is a state-of-art facility and a recent value addition to complement the pedagogy of our students designed as a virtual hospital setting. The mission of CASH is to create a safe, controlled and non-threatening environment for health professionals to teach, train and assess the cognitive, psychomotor and affective skills ensuring high quality patient care and safety using various simulation technologies. CASH offers the American Heart Association accredited Basic and Advanced Life Support Courses at regular intervals.

Thumbay Hospital Annual Healthy Baby Contest & Exhibition attracts more than 400 babies and 3500 visitors

Thumbay Hospital successfully conducted the baby contest, an event focusing on effective parenting. Parents were asked about basic issues related to their children and educated them about parenting tips especially to the first time parents. New parents are often so anxious; they need to know what’s normal and when they should worry

The Thumbay Annual Healthy Baby Contest & Exhibition 2015 was held on the 27th of February 2015 at the Thumbay Hospital, Dubai. Every year, the contest is held under the patronage of Mr. Thumbay Moideen, Founder President Thumbay Group UAE, promoters of GMC Hospitals and Gulf Medical University.

Baby Contest 2015

Mrs. Shabana Faisal, Vice Chairperson, KEF Holdings was the Chief Guest. Prof. Gita Ashok Raj, Provost Gulf Medical University was the Guest of Honor. They distributed the prizes to the winners in various categories of the contest. Mr. Thumbay Moideen,         Mr. Akbar Moideen Thumbay, Director, Healthcare and Retail Thumbay Group and many dignitaries attended the event.

Baby Contest 2015

The selection of the ‘Healthy Baby’ was done according to the physical and mental growth, complete immunization, and general appearance of the child and parent’s knowledge about childcare. Over 400 children under 5 categories participated in the competition. The categories based on age were – from 3 months to 1 year, 1 to 2 years, 2 to 3 years, 3 to 4 years and 4 to 5 years. Apart from prizes in five age group categories the participants also won prizes for – Curly Hair, Sparkling Eyes, Sunshine Smile and Chubby Cheeks.

Baby Contest 2015Renowned pediatricians, apart from the experts at Thumbay Hospitals judged the participants. The contest helps to raise community awareness and to inculcate health and nutrition habits for children at an early age for a healthy living & good lifestyle. The contest also promotes health consciousness among mothers regarding different factors affecting the health of children and detecting ill health & sickness at early stages and also a personal and friendly interaction with our renowned doctors.

Baby Contest 2015Apart from choosing a Healthy Baby, the judges have also talked to the parents about Parenting. Parents should be aware of the issues related to the growth, immunization, vaccination and taking care of their child’s normal growth. It involves understanding the child’s needs, which is crucial, says Prof. Mahmoud Shamseldeen, Professor and Head of Pediatrics Department at Thumbay Hospital Dubai, who was one of the judges. We talk to parents and advise them about the basics of parenting. Especially to first time parents, it is very important to know their child better. New parents are often so anxious; they need to know what’s normal and when they should worry, he added.

Baby Contest 2015Baby Contest 2015 Baby Contest 2015

Baby Contest 2015

There was an online voting photo contest for babies from 3 months to five years. Over 600 children participated in this category, and the top ten winners based on highest votes were given special prizes.Baby Contest 2015

This year’s edition was the biggest and most memorable event for children and their parents.

Over 48 companies and organizations have supported the event. Abott Nutrition, Al Ain, Al Ittihad Drug, Al Muttanabi Book Shop, Al Zahrawi, Americana Cake, Aquaplus, Blemil, Blends & Brews Coffee Shop, Body & Soul Health Club, CABRI, Chilly Willy, Choitram, Cool& Cool, Emitac, FINE, GLENDA, GMCH AJMAN, HEALTH Magazine, HIKMA, Humana, IFFCO (Al Baker), Katkoot, KEF Holdings, Krispy Kreme, Laser Gallery, London Dairy, MPC, Mustella, Nestle, Oye Punjabi, Palmers, Poshpaws, RANI Juice, Rehab Perfumes, Sara Trident (Palmers), Tee & Putt Mini Golf, TERRACE Restaurant, Thumbay Builders, TMDC, TMG Children, Triangle Medical Trading, Trucare, UCMAS, Vega International, Vitabiotics, VLCC and ZO&MO. Past events have been of remarkable success with an attendance of over 2500. The popularity of this event amongst the parents & children has inspired us to get much bigger and better this year, and we recorded a participation of over 3500 this year, said one of the organizing committee members.

Baby Contest 2015

Baby Contest 2015

Baby Contest 2015

Baby Contest 2015


3 Months – 1 Year: Sunshine Smile: – Mackneil Banz, Chubby Cheeks: – Anas Mustafa, Sparkling eyes: – Azlaan Najeeb, Curly Hair: – Hibah Farhan, 3rd Prize: – Sreehari Gopakumar, 2nd Prize: – Sarah Antony Jose, 1st Prize: – Samuel Varghese

1year – 2 year: Sunshine Smile: – Saanvi Chouraria, Chubby Cheeks: – MD Abdul Adnan, Sparkling eyes: – Krishiv Krishiv, Curly Hair: – Pilar Ahmed Shetta, 3rd Prize: – Kabir Sethi, 2nd Prize: – Sara Waqar, 1st Prize: – Syeda Fatima Mehwish

2 year – 3 year: Sunshine Smile: – Yuval Sodhi, Chubby Cheeks: Chloe Sales, Sparkling eyes: – Avantika, Curly Hair: – Omar Boutaya, 3rd Prize: – Iram Tehzeeb, 2nd Prize: – Jibraan Jibraan, 1st Prize: – Rosemariya Jijo

3year – 4 year: Sunshine Smile: – Sloka Chandra, Chubby Cheeks: – Syeda Fathima Abbas, Sparkling eyes: -   Zehran Ramshi, Curly Hair: – Chahad Boutaya, 3rd Prize: -   Aisha Waqar, 2nd Prize: – Eva Jose, 1st Prize: – Hamad Aamir Baig

4year – 5 year: Sunshine Smile: -   Niranjana Rakesh Bhagvathy, Chubby Cheeks: – Pearl Shah, Sparkling eyes: – Shafana Shamsudeen, Curly Hair: – Faizah Al Naggar, 3rd Prize: – Mohd Nahyaan Shaikh, 2nd Prize: – Arhaan Ali Merchant, 1st Prize: – Gaurika Garika