Family Medicine Conference in Dubai to discuss public health, begins Apr 18 2016

As reported by WAM, the International Family Medicine Conference and Exhibition (IFM) will begin tomorrow April 18 at the Dubai Convention Centre

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As reported by WAM, the International Family Medicine Conference and Exhibition (IFM) will begin tomorrow April 18 at the Dubai Convention Centre

Themed ‘Overcoming Challenges in Primary Healthcare’, the conference will discuss ways to improve public health and address chronic diseases through topics such as smoking, respiratory disease obesity, mother and child health, occupational health, mental health, and care for senior citizens among others.

75 companies from 60 countries will participate in the exhibition. The agenda includes 12 scientific sessions, 8 workshops, and 53 scientific posters.

Healthcare is a topic of increasing interest in the GCC. With an aging and affluent population, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, HTN and Hyperlipidemia are gaining increasing attention.

This comes in the backdrop of efforts by the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention to raise awareness and the cost of unhealthy food. The Ministry is reportedly considering levying taxes on unhealthy food — especially highly sugary foods — to bring down the high incidence of diabetes in the country, according to health ministry officials on the occasion of World Health Day. A larger risk is going undiagnosed. Screening campaigns to detect undiagnosed cases for further follow-up is an important aspect of the ministry’s efforts. With the Rashid Centre for Diabetes & Research (RCDR), the Ministry conducted free clinics across the UAE to mark World Health Day “Beat Diabetes” campaign on April 7.

The World Health Organization (WHO) also declared ‘Beat Diabetes’ as its theme for 2016. Diabetes now affects 422 million people. The target to bring down the incidence by 14% per cent in seven years.