Monthly Archives: May 2016

Thumbay Builders, One of the Largest Construction Companies in the Northern Emirates of the UAE, Inks Deal to Build Major Upcoming Projects of Thumbay Healthcare Division


An agreement to this effect was signed between Thumbay Builders and Thumbay Healthcare Division, at Gulf Medical University – Ajman

Thumbay Builders, the high-end general construction company operated by the Construction & Renovation Division of Thumbay Group will construct several major projects coming up under Thumbay Group, which will go a long way in adding to the facilities of its Gulf Medical University (GMU), and expand its healthcare facilities. An agreement to this effect was signed between Thumbay Builders and Thumbay Healthcare Division at 11:00 am on Monday, 23rd May 2016 at GMU, Al Jurf – Ajman. The signing ceremony was held in the presence of Mr. Thumbay Moideen – Founder President of Thumbay Group, Mr. Akbar Moideen Thumbay – Vice President of the Healthcare Division of Thumbay Group, Mr. Nazeer Hussain – Director Finance & Budget of Thumbay Group, Mr. Akram Moideen Thumbay – Director Operations – Construction & Renovation Division of Thumbay Group, Mr. Farwaz – Director Operations of Thumbay Builders, Mr. Asher Jahangir – Assistant Director Facility Management of Thumbay Group and other members of the administrative team of the group.

The upcoming projects include a Thumbay Hospital with 300-plus beds which will be constructed over an area of 3,56,000 sq. ft., a Dental Hospital with 60 chairs over an area of 37,000 sq. ft. and a Rehabilitation Center to be constructed over 27,000, all within the GMU campus and expected to be completed in 15 months. The hospital, once complete, will be the biggest private academic hospital in the Middle East region. “With these projects, Thumbay Group will cement its position as the largest private academic healthcare provider in the region. In addition to being the teaching hospital of Gulf Medical University, the new hospital will have ultramodern facilities, and will uphold Thumbay Group’s tradition of providing high quality healthcare services at affordable costs,” said Mr. Thumbay Moideen.

Also, a Housing Project which includes a hotel, separate hostels for boys and girls and staff accommodation over an area of 7,60,000 sq. ft. is expected to be complete in 2 years. The housing project will provide campus living facilities for students and faculty of GMU, and it will have studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom furnished apartments. An office tower to be built over 35,000 sq. ft. and a 25,000 sq. ft. hospitality project incorporating The Terrace Restaurant, Body & Soul Health Club & Spa and Blends & Brews Coffee Shoppe are other upcoming projects in the GMU campus, expected to be completed in 9 months.

In addition, Thumbay Builders will also be involved in the 1,00,000 sq. ft. expansion project at Thumbay Hospital – Dubai, expansion the hospital’s Out Patient Department (15,000) sq. ft. and the construction of Thumbay Head Office, over 40,000 sq. ft. These projects are to be completed in 1.5 years.

The total area of the projects add up to around 1.4 million sq. ft. and is estimated to be completed at a total cost of around AED. 600 million. Mr. Akram Moideen Thumbay, Director Operations – Construction & Renovation Division of Thumbay Group said that Thumbay Builders was all set to start the projects and complete them as per schedule. “Thumbay Builders is proud to partner the Group’s new projects which would redraw the healthcare map of the region,” he said.

Thumbay Builders has extensive construction projects in India, and an impressive client list in the Emirates. It is one of the largest construction companies in the Northern Emirates of the UAE. It offers facilities in designing, developing and constructing real estate. Some of the prestigious projects handled by Thumbay Builders include the Gulf Medical University, Thumbay Hospital, Thumbay Pharmacy, Body & Soul Health Club, Blends & Brews Coffee Shop and Terrace Restaurant.

Thumbay Hospital Supports ‘Ford Truck Tour’ in Fujairah

Health Camp at Ford Truck Tour

Thumbay Hospital – Fujairah, one of the leading academic hospitals under Thumbay Group UAE participated as medical support partner at the ‘Ford Truck Tour’ event organized by Ford Motor Company UAE. A free health screening camp was organized by the hospital for all visitors at the event, for continuous three days from 12 to14 May 2016.

Free blood sugar and blood pressure check was done to all visitors as a part of medical camp. The staff and the visitors at the event were given an update on the latest services & facilities offered by Thumbay Hospital – Fujairah.

The Management of Ford Motor Company 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 Group Hospitals & Clinics to Celebrate ‘Teachers Health Awareness Week’ from May 21 to 26


Free health benefits for teachers in the UAE across all Thumbay Hospitals and Clinics, during the Teachers Health Awareness Week
Thumbay Group, the UAE-based international business conglomerate will celebrate ‘Teachers Health Awareness Week’ from the 21st to the 26th of May 2016. As part of the celebrations, the network of academic hospitals of Thumbay Group and the chain of state-of-the-art Thumbay Clinics across the country will be offering a host of benefits to teachers in the country.

During the Health Awareness Week, teachers can avail a wide range of services free of cost at Thumbay Group’s hospitals and clinics, which include blood sugar, blood pressure and BMI checkups, ECG, stress-management workshop, exercise demonstration for chronic neck and back pains, mammogram and teeth scaling & polishing. Participants also get free consultation with GP, Cardiologist, Psychiatrist, Orthopedic Surgeon, Gynecologist and Dental Specialist.

Mr. Akbar Moideen Thumbay, Vice President of the Healthcare Division of Thumbay Group said that the ‘Teachers Health Awareness Week’ seeks to provide teachers in the UAE with better health and fitness through informative events, activities and services. “The Teachers Health Awareness Week is a Thumbay Group initiative to increase happiness and boost the morale, productivity and effectiveness of our teachers. This is our way of saluting the teachers for their brilliant efforts in moulding the young generation. We hope that the teachers would make full use of this opportunity,” he added.

In the UAE, 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 country. 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.


Gulf Medical University to Host the Biggest Annual Inter-School Medical & Science Exhibition on 25th & 26th May

MASE 2016

Gulf Medical University, the leading private medical university in the region will host the biggest annual inter-school medical and science exhibition, “GMU MASE” at its campus in Al Jurf, Ajman from 10 am to 5 pm on the 25th & 26th of May 2016.

Competitions will be held in project, poster and painting categories, and the best projects stand to win cash prizes worth AED 25,000. Prizes to the winners will be distributed at a special ceremony on the final day.

The competition is open to students from all schools in the UAE. Visiting students will also have the chance to see human anatomy, model of the heart, anatomy museum, pathology museum, dental simulation lab and clinical simulation lab of GMU. Moreover, there will be a special discount sale of books including titles in science fiction, fantasy, computers & internet, biographies, GK, etc.

Every year GMU MASE inspires and encourages young scientists recognizing their talents and showcases the fact that the path to a sustainable future for the UAE lies in the power of talented youth. As role models they are empowered to encourage further exploration and development of knowledge, analytical thinking and skills in their peers as they cooperate to solve local and global technological issues. Last year, students from over 50 schools had showcased their talent at GMU MASE, which was attended by over 4500 students from over 250 schools.


Thumbay Hospital Fujairah Celebrates International Nurses Day

International Nurses Day

Thumbay Hospital – Fujairah marked International Nurses Day 2016 with a lamp-lighting and professional oath renewal ceremony by the nurses on Thursday, the 12th of May 2016. Nurses were also awarded appreciation certificates and other prizes in recognition of outstanding performances.

Dr. Osama Mahmoud Rizk – Medical Director of the hospital inaugurated the Health Awareness Exhibition held in connection with the celebrations. Dr. Mohammed Faisal Parvez – Assistant Administrative Director of the hospital was also present. The exhibition aimed to educate the public on the following:

  • Diabetes & hypertension and heart attack
  • Antenatal and post natal exercises for pregnant mothers
  • Choice of food for healthy mother and baby
  • Importance of breast-feeding
  • Awareness on communicable diseases 

A Cultural Program and Nurses Get-together was organized on Friday, 13th May 2016 as part of the celebrations. The program included Quality and Safety quiz competition as well as games and activities based on team-building and motivation.

Dr. Osama and Dr. Faisal management appreciated the dedication of the nursing team and congratulated Ms. Sudha Vinod – CNO, for organizing the wonderful event to mark Nurses Day.

Thumbay Clinic Conducts Free Medical Camp for RAK Bank Employees

Free Consultation RAK Bank

Thumbay Clinic – Ras Al Khaimah, part of the state-of-the-art network of family clinics owned by Thumbay Group, has launched a free medical camp for RAK Bank employees from the 15th to the 18th of May 2016.

The camp offers free blood sugar and blood glucose tests as well as doctor consultation, in addition to a 50% discount on cholesterol tests.

Thumbay Clinics, presently located at Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and Ras Al Khaimah frequently conduct free medical camps to benefit the general public and to raise health awareness.

Thumbay Hospital Ajman Marks Nurses Day with Week-Long Celebrations

Nurses Day

Thumbay Hospital – Ajman, one of the leading academic hospitals and part of Gulf Medical University’s teaching facilities under Thumbay Group marked International Nurses Day 2016 with a variety of celebrations from 8th May, 2016.

The celebrations started with the lighting of the lamp and professional oath taking ceremony at the hospital on Sunday, 8th May, held in the presence of Dr. Gurjit Singh Monga – Chief Operating Officer of Thumbay Hospital, Dr. Prashanth Hegde – Medical Director of Thumbay Hospital, and other members of the administrative team of the hospital.

The nursing staff of the hospital organized a health awareness exhibition at the hospital on Wednesday, 11th May. Dr. Manvir Singh Walia – Administrative Director of the Healthcare Division of Thumbay Group inaugurated the exhibition which had charts, models and presentations emphasising the importance of health awareness and hygiene.

The final phase of the celebrations was marked by the Annual Nurses Cultural Fest on Thursday, 12th May at the Gulf Medical University campus, where nurses of Thumbay Hospital – Ajman showcased their talent by performing songs, dances and skits. The chief guest of the event was Prof. Gita Ashok Raj – Provost of Gulf Medical University, Dr. Gurjit Singh Monga – Chief Operating Officer of Thumbay Hospital – Ajman, Dr. Prashanth Hegde – Medical Director of Thumbay Hospital – Ajman and other members of the administrative team of the hospital were present at the event.

Awards were given to the following nurses, for their outstanding services: Ms. Bindu Baby (Best Nursing Supervisor), Ms. Regha Kottappuram Varghese (Best Charge Nurse), Ms. Niya Francis (Thumbay Clinic Ajman), Ms. Thankam Binoy (Thumbay Clinic UAQ), Ms. Agnes Roche (Thumbay Clinic RAK), Ms. Swapna Mathew Raj (Nightigale of Right Wing), Ms. Reni Thampi Thampi (Nightigale of Left Wing), Ms. Ashapriya Mendonca (Nightigale of ICU), Ms. Jenny George (Nightigale of ER), Ms. Luzviminda Villena Dominguez (Nightigale of Labour Room), Ms. Cherry Rose Biscayda Magat (Nightigale of OT), Ms. Amitha Figredo (Nightigale of OPD), Ms. Shanthi Crasta (Nightigale of NICU), Ms. Janet Benzimen Dsouza (Nightigale of Dental), Mr. Babu Jacob (Nightigale of Dialysis), Ms. Lourdin D Souza (Best Care Assistant Award), Mr. Shibu Kudavasseril John (Best Care Assistant Award), Ms. Mary Grace Unabia Tamargo (Best Medical Orderly), Mr. Soy Cheriyan (Patient Favourite), Ms. Ida Nayana Rego (Best Groomed Nurse), Mr. Ronnel (Role Model for Courtesy). The Best Nursing Unit award was bagged by Dental. Awards for the best poster/model presentation of the health awareness exhibition were also distributed at the function. Awards of appreciation were given to 23 nurses for completing 10 years of service at the hospital.


Timely Neurosurgical Intervention at Thumbay Hospital Ajman Saves Patient from Permanent Disability


A 54-year-old male Pakistani patient diagnosed with Acute Lumbar Disc Prolapse was saved by a timely neurosurgical procedure at Thumbay Hospital – Ajman, recently. The procedure, performed under the leadership of Dr. Ishwar Chandra Premsagar, Consultant – Neurosurgery at Thumbay Hospital Ajman was a high-risk operation which led to the complete recovery of the patient.

The patient had been having a previous history of backache since 3-4 years, but he never took it seriously. He had undergone MRI previously and had been advised surgery, but he was scared of undergoing a surgical procedure on his spine.

One morning, he visited a neurosurgeon at a hospital in Sharjah, complaining of severe back pain since three continuous days. Not only had his back pain become unbearable, but he was unable to walk and also had incontinence; his body was unable to control urination/defecation. The neurosurgeon examined him and referred him to Thumbay Hospital – Ajman, recommending immediate surgical intervention.

At Thumbay Hospital, the patient was examined by Dr. Ishwar Chandra Premsagar, Consultant Neurosurgeon. The doctor did an MRI on the patient and found Acute Lumbar Disc Prolapse, a condition where one of the discs that sit between the bones of the spine (the vertebrae) is damaged and presses on the nerves. The situation was so critical that if the surgery was delayed any further, the patient would have been in the risk of permanent incontinence and impotence, with the chance of remaining paralyzed for the rest of his life. So, the doctor immediately prepared for surgical intervention, confident that recovery was possible.

The operation was performed and the prolapsed disc piece was removed. After the surgery, he was transferred to the ICU, considering that he had earlier undergone cardiac procedure in Pakistan about eight years ago, as well as on account of his being pre-diabetic. He was also on disprin, a blood thinner. Since the effect of disprin takes about a week to wear off completely, the urgent surgical intervention necessitated by the patient’s condition was in the high-risk category, and a consent was signed by the patient before the procedure.

The surgery was performed in the evening, and at night when the doctor visited him, the patient said that the numbness in his perineal area had greatly subsided, and that he felt back to normal. The doctors had also not inserted urinary catheter during surgery, due to his pre-diabetic condition, to avoid the risk of urinary infection. The next morning, he passed urine on his own, and told the visiting doctor that he was now in control of his excretory functions.

“The procedure was very successful, by God’s Grace, and this sort of recovery is not very common,” said Dr. Ishwar Premsagar, a day after the surgery. “Acute Lumbar Disc Prolapse is a condition where the disc presses against the nerves, disabling them, as a result of which the patient experiences numbness. Prolonging this condition can damage the nerves permanently, leading to irreversible paralysis,” he added. He also said that a patient with this condition required urgent surgical intervention, for better chance of recovery.

The procedure performed, “fenestration of the lamina” was done in such a way that unlike the usual way, in this case very little bone was removed, leaving the spine totally intact; meaning that the patient – a truck driver, will be able to return to work. This condition is more common among people who do heavy work, although people of all profiles, irrespective of gender and age can be affected by it, according to Dr. Ishwar Premsagar. It is important not to ignore severe back pains, he stressed. “Had the patient come in earlier, we could have cured him by a simpler endoscopic surgery, instead of making a bigger incision,” he added.

Headed by expert doctors with wide ranging experience, the Neurosurgery Department of Thumbay Hospital – Ajman offers a range of minimally invasive procedures including Endoscopic Lumbar Spine Surgery and Endoscopic Cervical Spine Surgery. These procedures take only 40 minutes to 1 hour through small incision, and usually the patient is fine to walk out of the hospital the very next day. In Cervical Spine, it is a disc preservation surgery.

Thumbay Hospital Dubai Celebrates International Nurses Day

International Nurses Day

Thumbay Hospital – Dubai, started its International Nurses Day celebrations with the lighting of the lamp and professional oath taking in honor of Florence Nightingale – the Founder of modern nursing, on Monday, 9th May 2016. The celebrations will be marked by a variety of programs until 27th May.

Mr. Thumbay Moideen, the Founder President of Thumbay Group inaugurated the International Health Awareness Exhibition held at the hospital on Tuesday, 10th May 2016, as part of the Nurses Day celebrations. The theme of the exhibition was ‘Nursing History of Various Countries throughout the World and the Most Prevalent Disease Condition in those Countries which include the U.A.E, Europe, India, Pakistan, Egypt, Philippines and Nigeria.’ The main objective of the exhibition was to educate the community about various disease conditions, symptoms to be aware, prevention and treatment for it.

As part of the celebrations and going by the objectives, Thumbay Hospital - Dubai will also provide Free Medical and Dental checkups to more than 3000 people in various parts of Dubai, according to Mr. Akbar Moideen Thumbay, Vice President of the Healthcare Division of Thumbay Group. The checkup will also include health talks covering important topics relevant to UAE like Chicken Pox, Heat Stroke, Kidney Stones, Hygiene etc.  The celebrations would conclude on Friday, 27th May, 2016, with a Continuous Nursing Education (CNE) program for nursing professionals, accredited by MoH.