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Eid Al Fitr in UAE: Gatherings, parties could lead to spike in Covid-19 cases
Ashwani Kumar | Khaleej Times
Filed on 2021-05-11
Dr Humaid Al Shamsi, president of the Emirates Oncology Society, underlined that the UAE has managed to reduce the number of new cases but there is a long road ahead.   “This is the second Eid Al Fitr during the Covid-19 pandemic. Last year, there was a lot of anxiety and fear. Fortunately, now, we have the benefit of knowing how to deal with this dangerous virus. We also have the confidence to keep ourselves safe by taking the vaccine and following safety measures. At the same time, we should continue this fight with utmost care and precautions.   Dr Al Shamsi, who is also consultant for oncology and internal medicine at Burjeel Speciality Hospital, Sharjah, reminded community members to refrain from being part of any large gatherings, shaking hands and giving hugs.& ... Read More..
Burjeel Medical City opens Thalassemia Center to help children with Thalassemia
Filed on 2021-05-10
The department comprises specialized doctors, a team of highly qualified nurses, and a psychologist. The center has an advanced laboratory with facilities for extended blood grouping and to conduct studies to explain the molecular basis of genetic blood diseases. The department will also be organizing educational programs regularly to create awareness about the disease to reduce the prevalence of the disease in the UAE. The hospital has an advanced technology called FerriScan that would help us choose the correct oral chelation dose for children with thalassemia major. Abu Dhabi: VPS Healthcare’s premium medical facility, Burjeel Medical City at Mohammed Bin Zayed City, Abu Dhabi, has opened a Thalassemia Center to offer exclusive treatment for child ... Read More..
Are asthma patients more susceptible to COVID-19?
Suchitra Bajpai Chaudhary | Gulf News
Filed on 2021-05-09
Dubai: As a dust squall blows over many emirates and humidity levels rise and the air is thick with allergens such as pollens and silica, chronic asthma patients fear it may trigger a respiratory distress. In times of the COVID-19 pandemic, while wearing face masks has brought down the incidence of allergic asthma attacks, doctors advise chronic patients to exercise extra caution to prevent COVID-19, which could exacerbate their respiratory distress.  Dr Saheer Sainalabdeen, specialist in respiratory medicine at Medeor, Dubai, explained: “Asthma patients do panic as they are not sure whether the symptoms they are experiencing is due to their chronic condition or whether they have contracted COVID-19. All respiratory illness viruses affect the upper or the lower respiratory trac ... Read More..
UAE Covid: Doctors explain why new infections are more than recoveries
ashwani Kumar | Khaleej Times
Filed on 2021-05-09
April registered the lowest number of new Covid-19 cases this year after the highs recorded in January and February. However, since April 10, the number of new infections has been more than recoveries – a pattern seen for the first time this year in the UAE.  But medical experts assured the trend must be viewed as a positive development of the nation bending the Covid curve with a steady number of low cases largely remaining between 1,700 to 2,200. More than 95,700 new Covid cases were reported in January, 87,900 in February, 69,900 in March and 58,700 in April. Dr Prasanna Kumar, critical care specialist at Medeor Hospital in Dubai, pointed out that with a high number of cases in the first few months, many patients are still recovering, which explains the comparatively lowe ... Read More..