Hamdan bin Rashid opens Fifth Emirates Diabetes and Endocrine Congress

DUBAI, 19th January 2015 (WAM) — H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance and Chairman of Dubai Health Authority, on Thursday opened the Fifth Emirates Diabetes and Endocrine Congress at Dubai World Trade Centre in the presence of more than 3,000 doctors, nurses, health care professionals and educators.

In an opening speech, Abdulrazzaq Ali Al Madani, Diabetes and Endocrine Consultant and President of the Emirates Diabetes Society, organisers of the event, noted that the three-day Congress will discuss recent developments concerning diabetes and the latest specialised medications used to adjust blood sugar levels alongside other hormonal drugs that have been recently introduced to the international market.

The Congress will additionally address ways of avoiding disease-related complications in conjunction with surgeries, such as gastric sleeve surgeries, that enable patients to control blood sugar levels and to reduce their weight.

Citing a survey conducted by the International Diabetes Foundation in early 2014, Al Madani noted that the UAE ranked 15th globally in terms of the prevalence of diabetes, “but by the end of the same year, the UAE rates dropped to the 16th position. Only a few years ago, the UAE was in the 2nd position.” He further said that the UAE Vision 2021 aims to reduce the prevalence of diabetes from 19% to 16% and childhood obesity from 14% to 12% by 2021.

“It is our wish to have the UAE move out of the list of the top 20 countries regarding the occurrence of diabetes, and we hope to do so by increasing the levels of awareness over the next two to three years,” said Al Madani.

Participants in the congress will discuss some 40 topics ranging from type1and type 2 diabetes, endocrinology, diabetic care and the latest treatment protocols.