“Prevention is better than cure” very aptly describes the current thinking with regards to the entire spectrum of Diabetes. This is true both in terms of avoiding the complications of this disease as well as in bringing down the associated costs, said Dr. M. Hamed Farooqi, Director of Dubai Diabetes centre, addressing the 2nd Regional Conference on Diabetes & Endocrinology for the Northern Emirates held at Gulf Medical University on 15-16 of November 2013. The conference was organized by the Department of Internal Medicine GMC Hospital Ajman and Gulf Medical University.
His Excellency Sheikh Dr. Majid Bin Saeed Al Nuaimi, Chairman Ruler’s Court Ajman was the Chief Guest at the inaugural ceremony. As part of the conference, the Management and Academic Leadership of the Gulf Medical University bestowed a “Special Award and Honor” on Leading Specialists in Diabetes & Endocrinology from all over UAE, in recognition of their exemplary achievements in the field of Medicine and for their service to the community. His Excellency Sheikh Dr. Majid Bin Saeed Al Nuaimi presented the awards and Mr. Thumbay Moideen, Founder President, Board of Governors; Gulf Medical University presided over the function. Provost Prof. Gita Ashok Raj, University deans and deans of constituent colleges of GMU attended the ceremony.
Dr. Aly Khalil, Consultant Endocrinologist, Imperial College London Diabetes Centre, Dr. Walid Kaplan, Paediatric Endocrinologist, Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology, Tawam Hospital, Dr. Hubert K. Penninckx Director Diabetes Centre American Hospital Dubai, Dr. Iyad Ksseiry, Consultant Endocrinologist, Mediclinic City Hospital, Dr. Huda Ezzeddin Mustafa, Consultant in Endocrinology & Diabetes, Sheikh Khalifa Medical City/ Cleveland Clinic, Abu Dhabi, Dr. Elham Al Amiri, Paediatric Endocrinologist, Al Qassimi Hospital, Sharjah and Dr. Mahir Khalil Jallo, Consultant Diabetologist GMC Hospital Ajman received the awards.
Later Mr. Thumbay Moideen and Prof. Gita Ashok Raj honored the invited speakers and sponsoring companies.
Responding to the award Dr. Walid Kaplan said that it was an honor to be selected for this award. “GMU has been extremely thoughtful to bestow this honor on me and my colleagues. This will certainly encourage us” he added.
Speaking on the sidelines of the conference Dr. Aly Khalil said that he was impressed with the infrastructure and facilities at the university. This is my first visit to the campus and I am highly impressed. I wish to thank the President and his team for this honor, he added.
Eminent speakers from all over UAE discussed about various aspects to tackle Diabetes, which is one of the biggest health issues facing the country today, apart from hypertension and cardiovascular diseases. Dr. Aly Khalil, Dr. Huda Ezzeddin, Dr. Rima Tahhan, Dr. Iyad Ksseiry, Dr. Raad AlKhaiat, Dr Bachar Afandi, Dr Dhafer Al Badri, Dr Walid Kaplan, Dr. Nader Lessan, Dr. P K Menon, and Mr. Praveen Kumar delivered lectures during the conference.
Representatives from Eli Lilly, Novo Nordisk and Astra Zeneca were also honored for their support in making the conference a big success.
More than 150 doctors and healthcare professionals attended the Conference which was accredited by the Ministry of Health for 8.5 Hrs. The 3rd Regional Conference will be held in November 2014 according to the Health Communications Division GMU.
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