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MENAFN Press - 09/10/2012

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(MENAFN Press) Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - Tuesday, October 9th 2012

More than 400 delegates are expected to visit the UAE capital as it hosts the 2nd Abu Dhabi Advanced Rheumatology Review Course on 13th “ 15th October 2012 at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr.

The premiere scientific and educational event in the region will host 18 of the world's leading rheumatology experts who will present their latest clinical research findings through a review course designed to keep participants at the cutting edge of developments in the fields of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology.

Dr Mustafa Al-Maini, MD, Msc FRCPC, Head of Rheumatology, Allergy and Clinical Immunology Department at Mafraq Hospital, is spearheading the efforts to stage the event, following its huge success last year. "The ADARRC is advancing the way rheumatism and autoimmune diseases are being treated in the Emirates with the levels of research and the high quality of interactive learning that will take place in this year's event."

The ADARRC course director says rheumatology experts in the UAE as well as throughout the GCC, is expected to benefit from the three-day gathering of global experts. According to the latest figures from the Emirates Arthritis Foundation, 20 per cent of the UAE population is afflicted with arthritis, yet only around 6000 are officially diagnosed. Patients with Rheumatoid arthritis have an average delay in diagnosis of 18 months in the UAE, compared with only 6 months in Europe.

"This will help raise awareness about the condition among the general public and enhance specialists understanding of the disease to aid in proper diagnosis and treatment of the disease," Dr Al-Maini added.

The Advanced Rheumatology Review Course is a highly recognised event in Europe which gathers leading experts and advances understanding and treatment of rheumatology and autoimmune diseases. The event is being held in Abu Dhabi for the second time, after its successful launch last year.

The event is supported by Mafraq Hospital and SEHA and key sponsors include Janssen, Hoffmann-LaRoche, Bristo-Myers Squibb, Abbott Laboratories. For more information about the event, please visit www.rheumatology.ae.


About Mafraq Hospital
Mafraq Hospital is situated 35 kilometers southeast of the UAE's capital, Abu Dhabi. Mafraq is an Arabic word meaning 'meeting of roads' which is an apt description of the hospital's unique location at the intersection of major roadways. The hospital was built, and opened, in 1983 as the largest tertiary referral treatment hospital in the United Arab Emirates at the time. Mafraq Hospital remains a tertiary hospital with 451 beds and services include medicine, obstetrics, pediatrics, as well as surgical and critical care services that support the trauma program. Mafraq Hospital operates the largest burn unit in the country and is a Center of Excellence for ENT and Thoracic surgery. The hospital also operates two primary healthcare clinics at Bani Yas and Al Nahda.Mafraq Hospital is part of the SEHA HealthSystem and is owned and operated by Abu Dhabi Health Services Company PJSC (SEHA) which is responsible for the curative activities of the public hospitals and clinics of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.Mafraq Hospital physicians are amongst the best in their specialist fields with international qualifications and world class expertise The medical staff is supported by a capable and professional nursing and paramedical staff who are well trained and motivated to provide quality healthcare services to the public. Emiratization is extremely important to Mafraq Hospital and many of the hospital's highly skilled physicians are UAE Nationals. The hospital also believes in customer service excellence and in providing quality healthcare with integrity and service excellence in a caring environment. With this in mind Mafraq Hospital launched 'Mafraq Ambassadors - We Care' which aims to make every one of the 2038 employee's a Customer Service Ambassador.A new hospital will open in 2014 that will replace the current Mafraq Hospital campus. The new facility will continue to provide the service and personal care that patients have come to expect from Mafraq Hospital and will secure Mafraq Hospital's position as a leading trauma and surgery hospital. It will also serve as the community hospital for one of the fastest growing areas in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi whilst continuing to align its goals with those of the Executive Council and Abu Dhabi 2030.

 






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