Monthly Archives: December 2015

‘Child & Parenting’ Event at Thumbay Hospital Dubai Simplifies Parenting Challenges

‘Child & Parenting’ Event

Parents of 1 to 5 year old kids turned up in large numbers to attend the ‘Child & Parenting’ event held on Friday, 18th December 2015 at Thumbay Hospital Dubai, conducted by HEALTH magazine, the premier health & lifestyle publication of Thumbay Group – UAE.

Ms. Saadiya Ahmed, Editor of HEALTH magazine welcomed the gathering. The event was organized with the aim of helping parents understand their children better, and to empower them with parenting tips and techniques to tackle the challenges of childrearing.  The event also featured special sessions on kids’ oral hygiene and dental care.

The highlight of the event were the expert presentations on childcare, oral hygiene and dental care, by leading doctors. The first presentation, ‘A general introduction to childcare’ was by Dr. Arun. S. Shikaripur (Specialist Pediatrician, Thumbay Hospital – Dubai), wherein he outlined the social, linguistic, cognitive and physical development of children, and provided parenting tips and dietary advices. Dr. Dr. Anukriti Pathak’s (Specialist Pediatric Dentist, Thumbay Hospital – Dubai) session ‘Healthy Smiles: Bottle it up – Take a cup) followed, and she elaborated on the nature, causes, prevention and consequences of Early Childhood Caries (ECC) or baby bottle tooth decay, a common bacterial infection found in infants and young children all over the world. The final session, ‘Catch them young and watch them grow’ by Dr. Amrita Deshpande (Specialist Periodontist, Thumbay Hospital – Dubai) was a comprehensive presentation on all aspects of kids’ oral hygiene.

Participants received a wealth of information from the expert presentations and had all their parenting, childcare and dental care questions answered during the Q&A session.  They also took part in post-session quiz competitions.

The participants commended HEALTH magazine for delivering the highly informative program through a simple, fun-filled format. They also expressed their gratitude for the invaluable parenting tips. Free goody bags were handed out to participants at the end of the program. Prizes were also given away to the winners of the quiz contest and raffle draw by Dr. Ashutosh Sood, Chief Operating Officer of Thumbay Hospital Dubai.

Thumbay Hospital – Dubai was the main sponsor of the event. The other sponsors were Himalaya Herbals, Joyalukkas, AquaPlus, Glenda, Life & Wellness Co., Body & Soul Health Club & Spa, Cool & Cool and Barakat.


Irfan Pathan Endorses Diabetes Awareness Campaign at Thumbay Hospital Dubai


Popular Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan visited Thumbay Hospital – Dubai, on Saturday, 19th December 2015. He was at the hospital to endorse its diabetes awareness campaign “Count Your Steps to Beat Diabetes”.

Irfan was welcomed by Dr. Ashutosh Sood, Chief Operating Officer of Thumbay Hospital Dubai, Dr. Sameer Kumar, Assistant Administrative Director of Thumbay Dental Hospital Dubai, and other members of the administrative team of Thumbay Hospital Dubai. Accompanied by them, Irfan toured the facilities at the hospital. Patients and visitors rushed to catch a glimpse of the cricket star.

Irfan endorsed the ongoing diabetes awareness campaign at Thumbay Hospital Dubai, titled “Count Your Steps to Beat Diabetes.” Later, the ace cricketer met and mingled with the crowd of fans, and joined them for photos and autographs.  The crowd was bubbling with excitement, as they got to interact freely with their favourite cricketer. Irfan thanked the visitors for their affection.

“We are grateful to Mr. Irfan Pathan for supporting the diabetes awareness campaign. We are also greatly honoured by the positive review of Thumbay Hospital by such a reputed sportsperson,” said Mr. Akbar Moideen Thumbay, Vice President of the Healthcare Division of Thumbay Group.

Thumbay Group’s hospitals have risen to the forefront of healthcare providers in the region by providing high quality healthcare at affordable costs. Thumbay Group delivers its healthcare services through its four Thumbay Hospitals in Ajman, Dubai, Sharjah and Fujairah, a 25-chair dental hospital in Dubai which is the first private dental hospital in the country, five state-of-the-art Thumbay Clinics and Thumbay Labs in Ajman, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al Quwain, in addition to outlets of Thumbay Pharmacy across the UAE. Thumbay Group’s network of hospitals and clinics are among the largest healthcare networks in the UAE.

All Thumbay Group hospitals are full-fledged multi-specialty centers, with wide-ranging tertiary care services.  Thumbay Hospitals have been the first choice healthcare destination for patients from over 175 nationalities. Staff from over 22 countries, speaking over 50 languages attend to patients. JCI accreditation for the hospitals, CAP-accredited laboratories, patient-centric services, affordable costs, presence throughout the UAE, strong cultural diversity, an impeccable record of zero infection rate, and multiple accreditations, memberships and awards are some distinctive features which makes Thumbay Hospitals the most popular healthcare destination.

Cricketer Irfan Pathan to Visit Thumbay Hospital Dubai on December 19

Meet & Greet Mr. Irfan Pathan

Renowned Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan will visit Thumbay Hospital, Dubai at 10 am on Saturday, 19th December 2015. Irfan, who is quite popular with cricket enthusiasts in the UAE, will endorse the ongoing diabetes-awareness campaign at Thumbay Hospital, “Count Your Steps to Beat Diabetes.” The hospital will also distribute free pedometers (step calculators) to visitors attending the program.

Irfan will tour the hospital’s facilities and also meet and interact with his fans present at the hospital. On the occasion of the celebrity visit, Thumbay Hospital will be offering all visitors free consultations with the Internal Medicine Specialist, General Physician, Ophthalmologist and Dentist, as well as free blood sugar, blood pressure and BMI checks.

“We welcome one and all to Thumbay Hospital Dubai this Saturday, to meet and greet cricketer Irfan Pathan and to be a part of our efforts to combat diabetes,” said Mr. Akbar Moideen Thumbay, Vice President of the Healthcare Division of Thumbay Group. He also invited the public to make use of the free consultations and check-ups being offered to mark the celebrity visit.

Thumbay Hospital is an ultramodern academic hospital owned and operated by Thumbay Group, headquartered at DIFC-Dubai. A unique feature of the hospital is the 25-chair Dental Hospital, which is a multi-specialty centre with world-class facilities, providing quality healthcare at affordable costs.

Thumbay Hospital is located next to Stadium Metro Station in Al Qusais. For queries about the celebrity visit and to register for the same, please contact the hospital on any of the following phone numbers: 056-9583264, 055-4274252.

HEALTH Magazine to Conduct “Child & Parenting” Event at Thumbay Hospital Dubai on December 18

child & parenting

HEALTH Magazine, the premier Health & Lifestyle magazine published by Thumbay Group is hosting an event titled “Child & Parenting” for parents of 1 to 5 year olds from 4-6 pm on Friday, 18th December 2015, at Thumbay Hospital – Dubai.

This unique event is intended to help parents gain valuable insights into the lives of their children, including priceless parenting tips to help kids grow up brighter, sharper and healthier. There will also be a special session on kids’ oral hygiene and dental care, where expert pediatric dentists discuss problems, precautions and remedies related to your child’s oral care.

The event will have informative sessions by experts as well as Q&A sessions. The sessions are designed to solve all your parenting dilemmas as well as answering a host of parenting questions you’ve been wondering whom to ask. Entry to the event is absolutely free. Also, all attendees get Free Goody Bags. 

Thumbay Hospital is located next to the Stadium Metro Station at Al Qusais, Dubai. For more details and registration, please contact HEALTH Magazine at the phone numbers: 06-7431333 / 055-4991753 or email your name and contact no. to:

Gulf Medical University Conducts Seminar on Use of Anti-Diabetic Medicines

Seminar on Use of Anti-Diabetic Medicines

The College of Pharmacy of Gulf Medical University (GMU), the leading private medical university in the region owned and operated by Thumbay Group, held a seminar titled “Safe, Effective and Affordable Use of Anti-Diabetic Medicines” at the University campus in Al Jurf, Ajman on Friday, 11th December 2015, organized by the Health Communications Division of Thumbay Group.

The seminar was attended by a number of healthcare professionals. Topics discussed included scientific efficacy and safety profiles of novel approaches to the management of hyperglycemia in type 2 diabetes, review of current oral anti-diabetic products and their future developments, current trends and future challenges of insulin drug delivery systems, clinical pharmacokinetics and drug-drug interactions of newer anti-diabetics, dose adjustments of anti-diabetic medicines in patients with renal and hepatic impairment, prevention and management of rare but serious adverse events of anti-diabetics, and the implications and guidelines for the safe use of intravenous insulin in emergency.

Speakers at the seminar included Dr. Kiran Kumar (Specialist – Department of Internal Medicine, GMC Hospital and Research Centre – Ajman) and the following Assistant Professors and Lecturer of the College of Pharmacy, GMU: Dr. Ibrahim Elsayed, Dr. Shery Jacob, Dr. Suraj Radhamani, Sr. Dixon Thomas, Dr. Subish Palaian and Dr. Mukesh Kumar. Certificates were distributed to the seminar attendees.

Gulf Medical University Observes World Disability Day

World Disability Day

Gulf Medical University, the leading private medical university in the region owned and operated by Thumbay Group – UAE, observed World Disability Day at the university campus with a variety of programs on Thursday, 10th December 2015.

The program was held as a mini project for 1st year MBBS students of the university, and activities included spreading awareness on disability, games demonstrating the gravity of disability and demonstration of preventive measures and remedies of disability. A Q&A session was also held with the participants. Students also conducted a detailed presentation on the topic of disability, which was attended by the MBBS phase-1 coordinator, the project supervisor, etc.

Disability Day, or the International Day of People with Disability, is a day that has been promoted by the United Nations since 1992. The aim of Disability Day is to encourage a better understanding of people affected by a disability, together with helping to make people more aware of the rights, dignity and welfare of disabled people, as well as raise awareness about the benefits of integrating disabled persons into every aspect of life, from economic, to political, to social and cultural.

Karnataka Medical Education Minister Visits Gulf Medical University


Dr. Sharanprakash R Patil, Hon’ble Minister of State for Medical Education – Karnataka, India visited Gulf Medical University (GMU) in Ajman, UAE on Sunday, 13th December 2015. The Minister was received by the Founder President of the Board of Governors of GMU – Mr. Thumbay Moideen, along with the academic leadership of the university headed by GMU Provost, Prof. Gita Ashok Raj.

The minister was taken on a tour of the institution and appraised about the facilities and the infrastructure available, especially in the Center for Advanced Biomedical Research and Innovation (CABRI) and the Center for Advanced Simulation in Healthcare (CASH).

The minister was impressed with the facilities and rated GMU as one of the best universities he had ever visited. “As a medical professional myself, I am impressed with the advanced facilities that are available, and more importantly the teaching methodology has impressed me. The high quality of medical services offered by the network of Thumbay Hospitals and Clinics is also very impressive,” he remarked.

The Minister also expressed his admiration for the pioneering spirit of Mr. Thumbay Moideen. “I can see a lot of hard work put in by Mr. Thumbay Moideen in establishing such a world class institution in the UAE and I am proud of his achievements. I strongly encourage and invite him to establish such a campus and hospitals in Bengaluru or Mysuru. We would like to have more discussions on this matter,” he added.

Addressing the students, the minister reminded them that medicine being a noble profession, professionals must use it for the service of humanity rather than commercializing it. The Minister was honored with a special memento by the Founder President, to mark his visit to GMU.

Gulf Medical University

The Gulf Medical University, owned and operated by Thumbay Group headquartered in DIFC – Dubai, is presently the most sought-after private medical university in the UAE. It is the first private medical university in UAE catering to all nationalities admitting students of both genders, presently having students from over 73 nationalities, and faculty and staff from 22 nations. GMU offers a range of courses including MBBS, BPT, DMD, PharmD and Masters Programs in Clinical Pathology, Public Health, and Toxicology. GMU is first in the region to launch unique programs like Masters in Human Reproductive Biology, Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences and Masters in Physical Therapy.

GMU’s campus is enriched by the presence of the Centre for Advanced Biomedical Research and Innovation (CABRI), the biggest laboratory chain in UAE with four full-fledged laboratories and sample collection centers across the various Emirates, and the Center for Advanced Simulation in Healthcare (CASH), a multidisciplinary educational facility integrating simulation as an educational tool for providing a state-of-the-art, safe learning environment that promotes professional development.

Thumbay Moideen Wins the Indian Innovator Award, Entrepreneur of the Year 2015


Mr. Thumbay Moideen, the Founder President of Thumbay Group has been distinguished as an Innovator in the Education category for this year’s Indian Innovator Award, Entrepreneur of The Year.

The award was presented by BNC Publishing, a part of the Entrepreneur MENA franchise, in a glittering ceremony at Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai – UAE, on 7th December 2015. Mr. Akbar Moideen Thumbay, Vice President of the Healthcare Division of Thumbay Group received the award on behalf of the Founder President.

Mr. Thumbay Moideen was honored among other Indian Innovators who, according to the awards committee, have established themselves as clear industry leaders who have made significant contributions to the Middle East business arena, and set the benchmark for corporations operating across the region.

From humble beginnings in 1998 when Mr. Thumbay Moideen, the visionary educationist and third generation entrepreneur from India migrated to the UAE, almost two decades since its inception, today, the Thumbay Group under his Presidency has grown into an international business conglomerate headquartered in the UAE. The Group has activities spanning 13 different verticals including health, education, medical research, diagnostics, retail pharmacy, health communications, information technology, retail opticals, wellness, hospitality, trading, distribution and real estate.

Thumbay Group today employees more than 3000 people, with another 3000 expected to be added, once ongoing projects are completed. Its hospitals treat over 2500 patients daily, from over 175 countries. Thumbay Group’s Gulf Medical University, the highest in demand private medical university in the UAE attracts a student cohort of over 73 nationalities and faculty/staff from over 22 countries. Apart from being the first medical institution in the region which offers admissions to both boys and girls of all nationalities, the Gulf Medical University has also earned a reputation of providing programs that had been introduced in the region for the first time. An emphasis on research and innovation is what differentiates GMU from the others.

His Highness Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi Confers Degrees on 113 New Graduates of Gulf Medical University

12th Annual Convocation

The 12th Annual Convocation of the Gulf Medical University (GMU), the leading private medical university owned and operated by Thumbay Group – UAE, was held at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, 9th December 2015, at the Emirates Hospitality Centre in Al Jurf – Ajman. The function was graced by the honored presence of the Chief Guest His Highness Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Member of the Supreme Council, UAE and Ruler of Ajman.

The grand event was also honoured by the distinguished presence of His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mabarak Al Nahyan, the Minister of Culture, Youth, and Community Development – Government of UAE, and the members of the Ruling Family of Ajman. Shri. Ramanath Rai, Minister for Forest, Environment & Ecology, Karnataka – India and Shri. U. T. Khader, Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Karnataka – India were the special guests. Ministers, Ambassadors and Consuls of various countries were present at the function.

Mr. Thumbay Moideen, Founder President of the Board of Governors of Gulf Medical University presided over the function. Prof. Gita Ashok Raj – Provost of GMU, the Deans and Faculty of the Colleges of GMU and the members of the administrative team of Thumbay Group were also present. With the participation of many guests including friends and families of the graduates, as well as the students and staff members of GMU, the Convocation was a truly momentous occasion for the University.

Of the 113 students from 23 different countries who graduated from GMU this year, 25 graduates belonged to the College of Dentistry (DMD course), 18 were from the College of Allied Health Sciences (BPT course), 14 belonged to the College of Pharmacy (Pharm.D course), 44 from the College of Medicine (MBBS course) and 12 from the College of Graduate Studies (Post Graduate courses in Clinical Pathology, Toxicology, Public Health).

The graduates received their certificates from HH Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi. His Highness also gave away the ‘Best Outgoing Student’ awards to Dr. Zubeda Mohiddin (MBBS course), Ms. Nemat Fatima Abbas Muljiani (BPT course), Dr. Sahba Jalali (Pharm D course), Dr. Shadan Fatima Mohammed Rasheedudduin (DMD course).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Addressing the gathering, Mr. Thumbay Moideen congratulated the successful graduates on the solemn occasion. While commending the graduates on their excellence in academics, he wished them continued success and assured all support whenever required. “May I remind you my beloved students that you are the Ambassadors of this Institution and you must live up to the values and ideals of your alma mater,” he added.

Thanking His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi for his leadership, Mr. Thumbay Moideen also expressed his gratitude to His Highness Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Member of Supreme Council – UAE and Ruler of Ajman, for his constant and invaluable support to the University. He also thanked the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR) for their extensive support and guidance for the university’s success, and acknowledged the invaluable support rendered by the Ministry of Health, Mafraq Hospital to the students of GMU, in their clinical trainings.

Prof. Gita Ashok Raj administered the graduation oath to the new graduates. Addressing the graduates, she said, “Remember to stay in touch and share your successes to inspire the next generations of students at your alma mater, as you continue to chase your dreams.” She also thanked all the hospitals and medical centers in UAE who participated in the clinical training of the new graduates.

In the course of their studies, the students had completed their clinical/summer trainings at high-profile healthcare facilities such as Thumbay Hospital – Dubai, GMC Hospital – Ajman, Sheikh Khalifa Hospital – Ajman, Al Mafraq Hospital – Abu Dhabi, RAK Medical District Facilities – Ras Al Khaimah, Al Baraha Hospital -Dubai, etc., as well as in leading hospitals abroad, such as King Fahad Hospital of the University – Saudi Arabia, Salmanya Hospital – Bahrain, National Hospital – Nigeria, Sheikh Zayed Hospital – Pakistan, Semmelweis University – Hungary, Aga Khan University – Pakistan, Tan Tock Seng Hospital – Singapore, etc.

The new graduates will now be part of GMU’s  well-organised alumni network of highly placed healthcare professionals pursuing high-flying careers in the UAE as well as outside the country, especially in USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the neighboring GCC countries.

The function also honored special guests Shri. Ramanath Rai, Minister for Forest, Environment and Ecology – Karnataka, India and Shri. U. T. Khader, Minister for Health and Family Welfare – Karnataka, India.

Ms. Dalia Mahmoud Murshed Al Otti, President of GMU Student Council spoke on behalf of the graduates and thanked the management and academic leadership for their constant support and encouragement throughout their study at the university. As the graduation ceremony concluded, GMU once again held its head high, with renewed vigor to power its journey ahead.

Thumbay Hospital Dubai Successfully Performs Complex Dental Surgery on 3-year-old with 18 Defective Milk Teeth

Thumbay Hospital

Thumbay Hospital – Dubai, ultra-modern academic hospital owned and operated by Thumbay Group recently carried out a complicated dental surgery on a 3 year old girl. The surgery, performed under general anesthesia, was a complex 3 hour process including multiple dental procedures.

The child had visited the Dental Hospital at Thumbay Hospital, Dubai with the main complaint of multiple cavities in the mouth and pain while eating food. She had developed recurrent swellings on the gums since one year. Her parents complained that the child’s teeth had started decaying as soon as they erupted at the age of 6 months. According to them, the child had been unable to eat anything ever since, due to pain in the teeth.

The child was seen by the hospital’s Specialist Pediatric Dentist, Dr. Anukriti Pathak and was diagnosed of ‘Severe Early Childhood Caries’, rampant in nature. She had cavities in 18 out of the 20 milk teeth she had. Five of them were completely damaged, with only the root remaining in the gums. Some teeth had undergone complete pulpal necrosis and others were deep dental caries. Being young in age, the patient did not cooperate for examination, let alone treatment. Hence, it was decided to treat all the teeth of the child under general anesthesia.

Initial tests were run and when the child was considered fit by the hospital’s Pre Anesthetic Checkup Unit (PACU), the child was taken for surgery under general anesthesia on 25thNovember, 2015. The team of doctors comprised of Specialist Pediatric Dentist Dr. Anukriti Pathak, G.P. Dentist Dr. Elham Saeed, Anesthetist Dr. Manjusha Sukumara Menon and Dr. Pavan Tayde.

Full mouth rehabilitation was performed successfully in a 3-hour procedure under general anesthesia. Pulp Therapy was performed for 4 teeth, Glass Ionomer Fillings for 5 teeth, Composite Fillings for 4 teeth and 5 teeth were extracted. A total of 18 teeth were treated. The child recovered completely from anesthesia within one hour of the procedure.

Early Childhood Caries: Causes & Treatment

Early Childhood Caries is a common dental disease found in children, starting as early as from when the teeth start erupting, at 6 months of age. By the age of 2- 3 years, the decay becomes so severe that the child is unable to eat due to pain in the teeth. The most common cause is bottle feeding at will and at night. Improper or no brushing in children also leads to Early Childhood Caries.

Junk food and sugary drinks and food causes rampant caries. “Early childhood caries is a common problem among kids, but most parents are unaware that this can be treated successfully at well-equipped dental hospitals, under experienced pediatric dentists,” said Dr. Sameer Kumar, Assistant Administrative Director of Thumbay Dental Hospital Dubai. “At the Dental Hospital at Thumbay Hospital – Dubai, very young children or individuals who are scared of dental treatment can be successfully treated in a single appointment under general anesthesia,” he added.

Thumbay Hospital is located next to Stadium Metro Station in Al Qusais, Dubai. A unique feature of the hospital is the 25-chair dental hospital, a full-fledged multi-specialty centre with world-class, ultra-modern facilities providing quality dental care at affordable costs.