Monthly Archives: April 2016

MOH Accredited ‘Cervical Cancer Screening Workshop’ Conducted at Gulf Medical University


A workshop on cervical cancer screening accredited by the Ministry of Health & Prevention (MOH) was organized by Cytomed, with the partnership of National Reference Laboratory and Gulf Medical University (GMU), Ajman from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm on Thursday, 28th April 2016. Held at GMU, the National Cervical Cancer Screening Program Implementation Workshop titled ’Cervical Cancer Screening Workshop’ was organized as part of the government’s efforts to tackle the prevalence of cervical cancer among the public.

Dr. Esmat Mohammed Alqassim, Consultant Family Physician and Head of MCH was the chief guest of the opening session. Stressing the significance of the workshop, she said that as the head of MCH, she was very keen on the success of the preventive screening for cervical, breast and colon cancers.

Doctors from Primary Healthcare Centers of MOH, Ras Al Khaimah participated in the workshop. Topics discussed at the workshop included: Cervical Cancer Epidemiology, Causes & Risk Factors by Dr. Osman Ortashi – Head of Gynecology, Healthpoint Hospital, The Cervical Screening Program in UAE – Role of PHC by Dr. Latifa Al Awadhi – Specialist Mother and Child Care, MOH, Cervical Pap Tests: Tips for Collection and Sending to the Laboratory by Dr. Basil – Director of National Reference Lab, Abu Dhabi, Cervical Smear Interpretation – When to Refer to Colposcopy – Discussion of cases by Dr. Osman Ortashi – Head of Gynecology, Healthpoint Hospital, Counseling for Cervical Smear Results by Dr. Kalpana Golani, Gulf Medical University, Ajman. The expert sessions were followed by practical works shop, hands on training on gynecological examination and smear taking.

The participants were later taken on a tour of CABRI, the state-of-the-art research & diagnostic facility established at the Gulf Medi­cal University, which also serves as the central facility of Thumbay Labs. They were briefed about the latest facilities at CABRI for newborn screening, genetic testing and other equipment. They were also given a demonstration of the Pap Smear and HPV tests for cervical cancer screening.

Dr. P. K. Menon, Director of Thumbay Labs said that the latest screening techniques were very important for the early detection of cancer. “Screening tests like Pap Smear & HPV have high accuracy and are reliable, making cervical cancer easily detectable and treatable,” he added.

Thumbay Moideen Felicitated for Contribution to Community Awareness Program

Thumbay Moideen Felicitated for Contribution to Community Awareness Program

Mr. Thumbay Moideen, Founder President of Thumbay Group was felicitated on Tuesday, 26th April 2016 for his contribution and support to the community awareness program carried out by Askaan Properties – Ajman, under the auspices of the Department of Land and Property – Ajman, and the Ajman Real Estate Regulatory Agency, in implementing the directives of His Highness Sheikh Abdulaziz Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the Land and Property Department of Ajman and the Ajman Real Estate Regulatory Agency.

Mr. Thumbay Moideen received the award of appreciation from Mr. Hareb Salem Al Aryani – General Manager of Ajman Land & Properties Department, in the presence of Mr. Majed Al Marzooqi – Ajman Real Estate Regulatory Authority (ARRA), Mr. Yahya Al Kamali – General Manager of Askaan Properties and other dignitaries.

Under the community awareness initiative, around 1000 first-aid boxes were distributed to as many families in housing communities. The boxes were provided by Thumbay Pharmacy, the network of pharmacies under Thumbay Group, as part of the Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility activities.

4th Annual Diabetes & Endocrinology Conference to be Held in Sharjah on 29th & 30th April


Leading international experts on diabetes to converge in Sharjah to discuss contemporary issues related to the prevalence of diabetes

The 4th Annual Diabetes & Endocrinology Conference of the Northern Emirates, jointly organized by the Department of Internal medicine of Thumbay Hospital – Ajman and Gulf Medical University will be held from 8:30 am to 4:15 pm on the 29th and 30th of April 2016, at Sheraton Hotel, Sharjah. Accredited by the Ministry of Health for 14 CME hours, the conference will be a platform for the representatives of leading international bodies on diabetes as well as experts from top universities and hospitals in the region, to discuss contemporary trends on diabetes.

The theme of the conference this year will be ‘Reproductive Health and Sexual Disorders Linked to Diabates & Endocrinology’, and there will be special focus on the current evolving researches in improving sexual and reproductive health. The conference will have expert talks on various diabetes-related topics such as Reproductive Health, Reproductive Endocrinology, Safe Motherhood, Gestational Diabetes, Contraceptives, Adolescent Reproductive Health, Genetic and Genomic Sciences, Sexual Medicine & Traditional Practices in Sexual Medicine.

The conference will also cover all other hot topics in Diabetes & Endocrinology including new diabetes medications, update guidelines on cardio metabolic risk managements, vitamin D new researches and obesity management including obesity, thyroid, depression & anxiety, sexual disorders, adolescent/pediatric issues and treatments.

The talks will be delivered by experts  like Dr. Faruq Badiuddin (General Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgeon – Mediclinic Dubai Mall, Dubai), Dr. Safdar Naqvi (Executive & Medical Director – ICLDC, Abu Dhabi & Hon: Consultant Endocrinologist – Imperial healthcare UK), Dr. Mahir Khalil Jallo (Consultant Endocrinologist – Thumbay Hospital, Ajman), Dr. Hubert Penninckx (Specialist Endocrinologist – American Hospital Dubai, Dubai), Dr. Sadir J. Alrawi (Consultant Head & Neck, Minimal Invasive Oncology – Al Zahra Cancer Center, Dubai), Dr. Vipin Mishra (Consultant Endocrinologist – Zulekha Hospital, Dubai), Dr. Zain Gulzar (Consultant Endocrinologist and Medical Director – RAK Diabetes Center), Dr. Omar Dhaimat (Consultant Endocrinologist – Sulaiman Habib Hospital, Dubai), Dr. Koulshan M. Jameel (Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist – Canadian Specialist Hospital, Dubai), Dr. Hala Fakhry (Consultant Psychiatrist – Thumbay Hospital, Ajman), Dr. Shatha Al Sharbatti (Professor – HOD Community Medicine, Gulf Medical University, Ajman), Dr. Kiran Kumar (Specialist Internal Medicine – Thumbay Hospital, Ajman), Dr. Mazen Askheta (Consultant Internal Medicine & Diabetologist – Tawam Johns Hopkins Medicine Hospital, Al Ain), Dr. Fadhil Mustafa Al Shama (Consultant Physician & Endocrinologist – Dubai Hospital, DHA), Dr. Bashar Neamat Sahar (Specialist Endocrinologist – Zulekha Hospital, Dubai), Dr. Abdulqadir Al Zarooni (Consultant Urologist – President Of Emirates Urological Society, EMA), Dr. Ali El Houni (Consultant Endocrinologist – Tawam Johns Hopkins Medicine Hospital, Al Ain), Dr. Mustafa Al Qaysi (Consultant Pediatric Endocrinologist – Zulekha Hospital, Dubai), Dr. Mohsen El Mekresh (Consultant and Head of Urology Department – Mafraq Hospital, Abu Dhabi), Dr. Wael Tosson (Senior Consultant and Head of Urology Department – RAK), Dr. Lusine Kazaryan (Obstetrician/Gynecologist Specialist – Specialist Medical Centre, Dubai), Dr. Aziz Kittana (Ozone Specialist – German Specialist Ozone Centre/ Ozotrade Consultances) and Dr. Savina Castellas (Masters in Clinical Pathology – Gulf Medical University, Ajman).

The event is expected to be attended by audience from various professional interests such as reproduction, diabetes & endocrinology; including endocrinologists, physicians, gynecologists, researchers, postgraduate students, pharmacist and pharmaceuticals and sexual technology developers, in addition to students of various colleges.

Five Doctors from Thumbay Hospitals Honored with Prestigious Clinical Excellence Awards

Clinical Excellence Awards

Thumbay Group, the Dubai-based international business conglomerate honored five doctors from its Thumbay Hospital network, with awards for clinical excellence. The clinical excellence awards acknowledged the awardees’ outstanding professional expertise and skills in successfully treating patients admitted to Thumbay Hospitals with rare/complex medical conditions.

The awards were presented to the doctors by Mr. Thumbay Moideen – Founder President of Thumbay Group, at a special function held at Gulf Medical University – Ajman on Sunday, 24th April 2016, in the presence of Prof. Gita Ashok Raj – Provost of Gulf Medical University, Mr. Akbar Moideen Thumbay – Vice President of the Healthcare Division of Thumbay Group, Dr. Manvir Singh Walia – Administrative Director of the Healthcare Division of Thumbay Group and other members of the administrative team of Thumbay Group.

The recipients of the awards were Dr. Mahmoud Farouk Mohamed Elmahdi – lnterventional Cardiologist at Thumbay Hospital – Ajman (Procedure performed: Balloon Mitral Valvuloplasty), Dr. Yasser Atwa – Specialist Ophthalmology at Thumbay Hospital – Dubai (Procedure performed: Pterygium Operation with Auto Craft without any Suture), Dr. Ramachandran Rajagopal – Specialist Dermatology at Thumbay Hospital – Dubai (Procedure performed: Extremely rare overwhelming skin disorder, diagnosed and treated within 48 hours; and one more procedure), Dr. Soman Sukumaran Nair – Specialist Ophthalmology at Thumbay Hospital – Dubai (Procedure performed: Ocular squamous cell neoplasia excision; and ROP), Dr. Seyed Mohsen Mahmoodi – Professor & Consultant Orthopedics & Medical Director at Thumbay Hospital – Dubai (Procedure performed: Acute pancreatitis complicated with acute respiratory distress syndrome, first case reported; and four more procedures).

“The clinical excellence awards recognize the contributions made by the doctors in their specialty, highlight their achievements and thank them for contributing towards the excellence of the Thumbay Hospital network. This is a token of our appreciation for their expertise,” said Mr. Thumbay Moideen.

Thumbay Hospital

Thumbay Group delivers its healthcare services through its five Thumbay Hospitals in Ajman, Dubai, Sharjah Fujairah and Hyderabad – India, a 25-chair dental hospital in Dubai, a chain of state-of-the-art Thumbay Clinics and Thumbay Labs across the UAE, in addition to outlets of Thumbay Pharmacy across the country. Thumbay Group’s network of hospitals and clinics are among the largest healthcare networks in the UAE. A 400 bed ultra-modern hospital, a 50-chair dental hospital and an advanced rehabilitation centre at the GMU campus in Ajman are upcoming projects expected to be completed in 2016/2017. The Group aims to establish 15 Thumbay academic hospitals in the UAE and other countries, by 2020.

All Thumbay Group hospitals are full-fledged multi-specialty centers, with wide-ranging 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.

Thumbay Group Wins Procurement Best Practice Appreciation Award

Procurement Best Practice Appreciation Award

Thumbay Group, the Dubai-based international business conglomerate with operations across 14 sectors of business, has bagged the prestigious “Procurement Best Practice Appreciation Award”. At a glittering function at the 3rd International Procurement & Supply Chain Conference (IPSC 2016) held at Atlantis The Palm – Dubai on Saturday, 16th April 2016, Mr. Zainul Abideen C.K., Manager – Purchase & Inventory received the award on behalf of Thumbay Group.

The awards are given annually, to recognize leadership and best practices in the fields of procurement & supply chain, from amongst companies in the region. The awards are the highlight of the International Procurement & Supply Chain Conference organized by Blue Ocean Training & Consultancy, which is a one-day conference to get together heads of supply chain and procurement and important policy-makers from the region who have played a crucial role in transforming UAE into the leading supply chain hub it is today, who will analyze contemporary trends and pave the foundation for future innovation.

Congratulating his team for winning the award, Mr. Thumbay Moideen, the Founder President of Thumbay Group said that this was yet another moment of pride, for the Group. “We are honored by this recognition, and I am sure that it will motivate us to continue maintaining high standards of operations and service delivery,” he added.

Mr. Zainul Abideen, Manager – Purchase & Inventory of Thumbay Group said that Thumbay Group was following a technology-driven, proactive and sustainable system of procurement. “Our procurement system is transitioning into e-procurement, towards strategic sourcing,” he explained.

More than 650 delegates comprising of professionals from the fields of purchase, procurement, commercial and supply chain attended the awards function, which was also represented by senior management personnel from over 450 organizations in the region.

Thumbay Group

Thumbay Group is an international business conglomerate headquartered in DIFC – Dubai. The Group has successfully diversified into 14 different sectors in a span of just 17 years. The Group today employs more than 3500 people, which will rise to 6000 with the completion of ongoing projects in the next two years, and to 15,000 employees by the end of 2020. The Gulf Medical University, the leading private medical university in the region owned and operated by Thumbay Group has a student cohort of over 73 nationalities and faculty and staff from over 22 countries. The Thumbay chain of hospitals, the constituent teaching hospitals of the Gulf Medical University is one of the largest healthcare services provider in the UAE, serving over 2500 patients daily, from more than 175 countries. Apart from being an acknowledged leader in the health sector, Thumbay Group operates a reputed pharmacy chain, diagnostic centers, multi-brand retail outlets, world-class wellness centers, a prestigious chain of coffee shops, restaurants, popular health & lifestyle publication, etc.

Thumbay Medical & Dental Specialty Center Sharjah Hosts Seminar on Dental Updates

Seminar on Dental Updates

Thumbay Medical & Dental Specialty Center (TMDSC) – Sharjah, in association with the College of Dentistry of Gulf Medical University (GMU) conducted the first of its monthly seminars titled ‘Seminar on Dental Updates 2016’ at the hospital on Monday, 18th April 2016. Dental professionals from across the country participated in the seminar, which was accredited by the Ministry of Health for 4 CME hours.

Specialist dentists and academicians delivered talks on the following topics:

  • Management of Periodontal Pockets Gingival Enlargements Using Lasers by Dr. Prabhu M.N (Specialist Periodontist, Thumbay Medical and Dental Speciality Center, Sharjah)
  • Direct and Indirect Pulp Capping With a Bioactive Dentine Substitute by Dr. Arun Devarajan (Specialist Endodontist, Thumbay Medical and Dental Specialty Center, Sharjah)
  • Principles of Minor Oral Surgery by Dr. Shoaib R. Tippu (Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Thumbay Medical and Dental Specialty Center, Sharjah)
  • Fabrication of Dental Restorations Using CAD/CAM Technology by Dr. Zuhdi Azzam (Specialist Dentist and Lecturer Department of Fixed Prosthodontics, College of Dentistry, Gulf Medical University)
  • Esthetics in Complete Dentures by Dr. Shaju Philip (Senior Lecturer Dept. of Prosthodontics, College of Dentistry, GMC Medical and Dental Specialty Center, Sharjah)
  • Radiation Protection in Dental Practice by Dr. Shishir Ram Shetty (Assistant Professor in Oral medicine and Radiology College of Dentistry, Gulf Medical University)

Certificates were distributed to the participants, at the end of the program. The next monthly event will be held on 30th May 2016.

Thumbay Group’s ‘The Terrace Restaurant’ Gets Prestigious HACCP Certification

The Terrace Restaurant’ Gets Prestigious HACCP Certification

The Terrace Restaurant – Ajman, the popular multi-cuisine restaurant operated by the Hospitality Division of Thumbay Group UAE has won the internationally acclaimed HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) certification, which is accredited by the Dubai Accreditation Center (DAC). With this achievement, The Terrace joins the privileged network of HACCP certified restaurants in Ajman with demonstrated standards of quality and hygiene.

Mr. Mathew John, Business Development Manager – Middle East & Africa of the British Standards International (BSI) awarded the HACCP certificate to Ms. Neetha C, Food Quality Controller and HACCP team leader of The Terrace Restaurant on Wednesday – 13th April 2016, in the presence of Mr. Farhad C, Director of the Hospitality Division of Thumbay Group and other members of the administrative team of the restaurant. The certifying body noted that The Terrace had successfully implemented HACCP standards in “the receiving, storage, food preparation in main central kitchen, transportation and service.”

“The HACCP certification earned by The Terrace Restaurant demonstrates our commitment to maintain safe and hazard-free standards in food production and serving. The established internal processes and our strong customer-focus took us smoothly through the strict audit processes,” said Mr. Farhad C. “This is a proud moment for us and this motivates us to excel further in our standards of service,” he added.

HACCP is a preventative food safety management system in which every step in the manufacture, storage and distribution of a food product is analyzed for microbiological, physical and chemical hazards, making sure that the food is safe for consumption. The HACCP scheme meets the requirements of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) established by the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations to bring together international food standards, guidelines and codes of practice to ensure fair trade.

The Terrace Restaurant

Established as an Indian – Arabic multi-cuisine restaurant in 2010, next to the Gulf Medical University in Al Jurf – Ajman, The Terrace has today emerged as a hotspot of formal and casual dining for people from Ajman and beyond. With a spacious seating capacity of 90 covers and set in a contemporary and delightful ambience of soft colors, The Terrace, besides catering signature multi-cuisines is also specialized in catering mouthwatering Indian and Arabic dishes.

The Terrace offers amenities such as tennis view lounge, separate VIP room, lunch buffet, special arrangements for corporates / executive lunch meetings, celebratory cakes etc. The restaurant also hosts dinner getaways, birthday bashes, poolside mocktails, engagement ceremonies, wedding anniversaries, graduation celebrations, reunions, farewell parties, events & outdoor catering and customized themes. Its corporate package includes a 250-seat amphitheater, exclusive meeting rooms, executive lunch menus, customized corporate arrangements, free hire of projector & sound system etc.

Thumbay Hospital Fujairah Conducts Free Health Screening for Children with Special Needs

Free Health Screening for Children with Special Needs

Thumbay Hospital – Fujairah, one of the leading academic hospitals under Thumbay Group UAE conducted a free health screening camp for children with special needs at the Ministry of Community Development (Disabled Care & Rehabilitation Department) on Wednesday, 13th April 2016.

More than 50 children benefitted from the free checkup by Dr. Aly Rageb Aly, Specialist Pediatrician. A general health discussion was also conducted for the children, stressing the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle and following a proper diet. The staff and the visitors at the Ministry of Community Development were given an update on the latest services & facilities offered by Thumbay Hospital – Fujairah.

The authorities thanked Thumbay Hospital for conducting the camp, and said that they were keen to partner with the hospital again, for conducting more of similar activities in the future.

Thumbay Clinic Dubai Celebrates ‘Mother & Baby Day’

Thumbay Clinic Dubai Celebrates ‘Mother & Baby Day’

Thumbay Clinic – Dubai, part of the network of state-of-the-art family clinics owned by Thumbay Group celebrated ‘Mother & Baby Day’ from 2 pm to 10 pm on Saturday, 16th April 2016.

Visitors to the clinic were offered free consultations with the clinic’s gynecologist and pediatrician. They were also given a 50% discount on blood investigations.

A painting competition was also held for kids in the age group of 2-9 years, as part of the event. Cash prizes were awarded to the winners. RJ Garima of 105.4 FM Radio Spice hosted the event.

‘Mom’s Day Out’ at Thumbay Hospital Dubai on April 29

Moms Day Out

A fun-filled evening for new and expectant moms to understand motherhood better, win exciting prizes and meet and interact with other moms

Thumbay Hospital – Dubai, the leading academic hospital owned and operated by Thumbay Group UAE, is all set to conduct an exciting event exclusively for new and expectant moms on Friday, 29th April 2016, 4:00pm onwards. Titled ‘Mom’s Day Out’, the event promises to be a fun-filled evening with a number of contests, informative sessions, games, exhibitions and activities, all designed to entertain and educate the participants.

‘Mom’s Day Out’ is conceived as a complete event for new and expectant moms, with activities across four zones, viz., Diet & Nutrition Zone, Awareness & Information Zone, Health & Wellness Zone and Happiness Zone. The Diet & Nutrition Zone will have healthy cooking demo, cooking competition, food craft activity and market stalls. The Awareness & Information Zone will feature exhibitions and informative talks by experts. The Health & Wellness Zone will showcase Yoga/Pilates station, Body & Soul Spa Station, Hair & Makeup, Henna and Pottery Stations. Super Moms Contest, on-the-spot contests and prizes and easel painting craft activity for moms will be included in the Happiness Zone. There will also be a children’s play area and fun activities to entertain kids.

Registration at the event is completely free. In addition to learning more about pregnancy and clearing misconceptions, participants also get to appreciate prenatal and antenatal products and facilities firsthand. A wide range of baby stuff, beauty products, nutritional supplements, organic foods, maternity clothing and accessories, pregnancy/parenting books etc. will also be on display. Visitors will also be able to book Thumbay Hospital’s specially discounted maternity package, irrespective of their stage of pregnancy.

A Facebook contest titled ‘Are you a Supermom?’ is also being conducted by as part of the event. Registrations and voting for the contest are currently open at Thumbay Hospital’s official Facebook page, and winners, whose names will be declared on the event day, stand to win cool prizes.

The Thumbay Hospital network has been regularly conducting health and wellness events for new, expectant and experienced moms at its hospitals in Dubai, Ajman, Sharjah and Fujairah. The hospitals also offer discounted delivery packages time and again, as part of their CSR activities. ‘Mom’s Day Out’ is a very popular annual event of Thumbay Hospitals, which attracts participants and visitors from all over the UAE.

Mr. Akbar Moideen Thumbay, Vice President of the Health care Division of Thumbay Group said that the 2016 edition of Mom’s Day Out was expecting an unprecedented number of participants and visitors. “The event will be bigger and better this year, with more activities and contests and of course, more prizes to be won. We welcome all new and expectant moms to the event and hope that they would make use of this unique opportunity to entertain and enlighten themselves,” he added.
If you are a new or expectant mom, this is an event you wouldn’t want to miss!