Dubai, UAE: The Dubai Health Authority’s (DHA) Dental Services Department launched today an initiative that aims to screen all thalassemia patients at the Dubai Thalassemia Centre to put in place an oral and dental care treatment plan.
As part of the initiative, which was launched in light of the “Year of Tolerance” by the Dental Services Department in collaboration with the Dubai Thalassemia Centre, 30 to 40 thalassemia patients will be screened daily for a month starting today to ultimately screen all the centre’s 850 registered patients.
Once the screening is complete, the patients will be referred to the dental clinics in Primary Health Care Centres for further dental and oral care.
Dr Hamda Al Mesmar, Director of Dental Services at the DHA said that the aim of the initiative, which is the first of its kind, is to improve the oral health of thalassemia patients and put in place a plan that will be implemented at the authority’s primary health centres.
As part of the initiative, a treatment plan will be put in place for the thalassemia patients. They will be visited by medical cadres (Dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants) from the dental services department who will examine the patients and write a report for each case. They will then be transferred to a dedicated dental clinic in Al Badaa’ Health Centre.
There is a significant need to address the oral health needs of these individuals of the community with a strong emphasis on oral –systemic link and improve the quality of life of these individuals.
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About the Dubai Health Authority:
The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) was created, in June 2007, by Law 13 issued by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, with an expanded vision to include strategic oversight for the complete health sector in Dubai and enhance private sector engagement.
Prior to the establishment of the DHA, the Department of Health and Medical Services, which was established in 1973, was the functioning authority that almost exclusively focused on health service delivery.
In May 2018, H.H Sheikh Mohammed, issued Law No. (6) Of 2018 of the DHA. The new Law further enables the DHA to achieve its objectives including regulating medical services in Dubai, enhancing competiveness and transparency, improving medical services and products based on international best practices and achieving the sector’s objectives according to approved strategic plans.
According to the Law, DHA will ensure the availability of quality medical insurance programmes, improve medical services according to the highest international standards, contribute to providing attractive infrastructure for investments, boost Dubai’s position as a global hub for medical tourism and medical education, encourage innovation in the healthcare sector and improve preventive healthcare measures.
The Law specified DHA’s responsibilities to include preparing a comprehensive strategic plan for Dubai’s healthcare sector, conducting studies and surveys to define Dubai’s future needs and matching the results with future investments, licensing and monitoring medical workers and medical facilities according to DHA’s approved regulations. Its responsibilities also include regulating medical education and medical research in collaboration with competent local and international authorities and drafting and developing policies and procedures for the healthcare sector in Dubai.
The Law authorises DHA to regulate and approve the prices of medical services offered by private healthcare facilities in Dubai and ensure the quality of medical services. DHA is also responsible for regulating and facilitating the sending of patients for specialised medical treatment to healthcare facilities both within and outside the country, regulating and overseeing medical tourism in collaboration with concerned authorities, managing and developing policies that govern medical insurance and regulating medical advertising in Dubai.
H.H Sheikh Mohammed also issued Decree No. 17 of 2018 establishing subsidiaries of the DHA: the Dubai Healthcare Corporation and Dubai Health Insurance Corporation to further enhance healthcare services in Dubai and enable DHA to fulfil its responsibilities and obligations.
Three new strategic sectors were also added as part of the decree; they include Strategy and Corporate Development, Health Regulation, and Shared Support Services.
In addition to overseeing the health sector for the Emirate of Dubai, the DHA also focuses on providing services through DHA healthcare facilities including Latifa, Dubai, Rashid and Hatta Hospitals, its 12 primary healthcare centres, 17 medical fitness centres and its 6 specialty centres.
For more information, visit DHA’s website: www.dha.gov.ae
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