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Covid UAE: April records lowest new infections, deaths this year
Ashwani Kumar | Khaleej Times
Filed on 2021-05-02
Even as a new Covid-19 variant, B.1.617, has plunged India into a healthcare crisis, there is a promising development registered in the UAE’s pandemic battle. April has recorded the lowest number of new infections and deaths this year across the UAE.  The approximate number of new cases so far this year gives a clear picture: January (97,700), February (87,900), March (69,900) and April (58,700). And the average daily mortality rate: January (5.6), February (13.2), March (8.7) and April (3).  Medical experts credited the dip in new infections and deaths to the massive nationwide vaccination and screening campaigns and provision of several vaccines for free to the masses. However, they said it’s too early to give high-fives and call victory over the dreaded disease, ... Read More..
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'Silent pandemic' rages on, claiming more lives, weighing down healthcare systems
Shyam A. Krishna & Samihah Zaman | Gulf News
Filed on 2021-05-02
DUBAI: Diabetes kills at least three times more people each year compared to COVID. Another grim fact: Among the reported COVID deaths, at least 40% were diabetics. The disease is usually recorded as a COVID-19 "comorbidity". So this is a really bad time to be a diabetic. But first, we need to understand what causes diabetes, and its knock-on effects on the body, and on society.   The numbers are staggering: Every eight seconds, someone dies of diabetes somewhere in the world. Diabetes killed 4.2 million people in 2019, at least thrice more than deaths from COVID.   How I turned my life around to manage diabetes Abu Dhabi: Delilah Ruby Dsouza had always had a strong sweet tooth, and loved to indulge in sodas and desserts. Yet, when the 49-year-old banker from India was d ... Read More..
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Covid crisis: India acquires 18 oxygen tanks from UAE, to airlift more
Ashwani Kumar | Khaleej Times
Filed on 2021-05-02
India has acquired 18 empty cryogenic tanks from the UAE and expects to airlift more next week to boost supply chains of life-saving gas during the Covid-19 emergency situation.  As India is facing an acute shortage of medical oxygen in the Covid-19 fightback, Indian conglomerate Adani Group has been securing supplies from across the world.  Dr. Saheer Sainalabdeen, specialist pulmonologist, respiratory medicine, Medeor Hospital, Dubai, said that only patients with any risk factors like diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and persistently below an oxygen level of 94 per cent and those without risk factors having an oxygen level below 90 per cent should get themselves admitted to hospital for treatment and better care.  “A pulse oximeter shows the percentage of ox ... Read More..
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Abu Dhabi’s IHC acquires 40% stake in healthcare company RPM
Filed on 2021-04-29
Abu Dhabi-based International Holding Company's (IHC) subsidiary acquired a 40 per cent stake in Response Plus Medical Services (RPM) for an undisclosed sum.  RPM, which is a unit of VPS Healthcare, specialises in providing on-site healthcare services in remote work locations and medical emergency transfers.  The deal will allow IHC to expand its "reach, scale and expertise", the company said in a statement on Monday to the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange, where its shares trade.  “With our own primary and secondary care companies and clinics, we will be able to create considerable synergy and support a significant push into the GCC and Africa in the next five years where this type of on-site healthcare management and medical emergency transfers is needed,” Syed ... Read More..