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DEWA wins three categories in Hamdan bin Mohammed Award for Smart Government
Dubai, UAE, 19 December 2016: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has won in three categories in the Hamdan bin Mohammed Award for Smart Government 2016. The winners were announced by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai, on his Twitter account. DEWA won the Best New Government Service category for its Green Charger initiative, Best Mobile Government Service category for its smart app, and the Best Website category for DEWA’s website.
HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, was pleased with the results.
“We appreciate the efforts of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai, who supports government organisations to implement smart initiatives. This has contributed to Dubai being a role model for providing excellent services that meet the requirements of modern life to achieve the happiness of customers and society as a whole, while ensuring sustainability of results. We are proud to have won in three categories of the Hamdan bin Mohammed Award for Smart Government. This adds to our roster of achievements in these prestigious awards,” said Al Tayer.
“DEWA adopts a strategy to support the Smart Dubai initiative, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to transform Dubai into the smartest city in the world. DEWA is fully prepared to achieve this vision through various smart initiatives, programmes, and services that serve all society. DEWA’s winning in the categories of Best New Government Service, Best Mobile Government Service, and Best Website, highlights its commitment to improve government services. At DEWA, we aim to make our smart services and initiatives a lifestyle for all our customers to make their lives easier and make them happier. We strive to foster the global leading position of Dubai by continuously developing our smart services and applications. This supports our commitment to consolidate the position of Dubai in the digital world as a smart city,” added Al Tayer.
DEWA launched the Green Charger initiative to establish the infrastructure and charging stations for electric vehicles to encourage members of society to use environmentally-friendly vehicles. DEWA has installed 100 charging stations across the Emirate in the first phase of the initiative. Through the Green Charger initiative, DEWA supports Dubai in its efforts to protect the environment and transform into a green economy.
DEWA’s smart app provides its customers with a unified and seamless experience. The app is both efficient and introduces a new and innovative way of displaying the services by providing a single integrated package that provides all the services and features that the user needs on the homepage. These included viewing and paying bills, and graphs to check and compare their use. The updated app gives customers the option to add other accounts to their main account, so that they can manage more than one account at the same time. They can add photos for each account to identify them instead of memorising account numbers.
DEWA’s website provides integrated services that meet the requirements of everyday life. This includes browsing the website, applying for the services, and completing the transactions. The website offers special services for each category of customer. The services are categorised according to the needs of each category to make it easier and faster for customers to complete their transactions. This was done based on a comprehensive study of the needs of each category to enhance their experience and improve quality of service. The website is compatible with all smart devices and phones. DEWA has made customer experience a priority when revamping its website. DEWA is committed to improving its services to meet the requirements of its customers and make them happier.
Pediatricians and highly-qualified faculty of medicine across the country gathered to discuss the advances of neo-natal screening at the '1st International GMU Conference themed Inborn Errors of Metabolism and Advances in Neonatal Genetics', The Address, on Friday, 16th December 2016. Organized by Gulf Medical University (GMU) in association with Thumbay Labs, one of the largest CAP-accredited networks of private diagnostic labs in the region, the conference highlighted that neonatal screening is an important tool in improving child health- which allows newborns to be screened for congenital defects and inborn errors of metabolism before the babies begin to show symptoms. The conference was inaugurated by Prof. Gita Ashok Raj - Provost of GMU. Speaking about the objective behind the conference, she said, "Recent breakthroughs in the diagnosis and treatment have significantly improved the prognosis of several conditions related to inborn errors of metabolism. It is vital for practicing pediatricians and caregivers to be familiar with the clinical presentation of these disorders." The opening session was chaired by Prof. Majed J. Dasouki (Adj. Professor Dept. of Neurology, University of Kansas, USA) and Prof. Gita Ashok Raj, and discussed the following topics: Exome Sequencing Genetics in Medical Practice (by Prof. Rizwan Naeem, Professor of Pathology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York), Taking Genomics from Lab to Bedside (Prof. P. K. Menon, Prof. Research & Director CABRI, Gulf Medical University, Ajman), Newborn Screening- The Future Ahead; Going Beyond Blood Spot Testing (by Prof. Zareen Fasih, Consultant Pediatrics-Neonatology & Professor, Thumbay Hospital - Ajman), Expanded Newborn Screening (by Dr. Osama Y. Aldirbashi, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics, UAE University, Al Ain). Stressing the importance of newborn screening, Prof. P. K. Menon said that GMU's Centre for Advanced Biomedical Research and Innovation (CABRI) has a state-of -the-art laboratory which screens newborn children for 57 different inborn errors of metabolism. "The test is called 'NeoScreen'. It is strongly recommended that all newborn children should undergo this test in the first 48 to 72 hours of life. If the inborn errors of metabolism are detected within the first week of birth, adequate steps can be taken to ensure that the child leads a healthy life." Elaborating on the studies undertaken by CABRI, he said, "We have studied close to 5000 cases from the region, and found that approximately 4.8% of the children born have some inborn errors of metabolism, the most common being G6PD deficiencies. Hemoglobinopathy is another common problem." Discussing the future of new born screening, Prof. Zareen Fasih said that the neonatal screening program was in the infancy stage across UAE, despite its deep relevance due the high consanguinity rate and incidents of inborn errors of metabolism. "If not diagnosed in the early stage, inborn errors of metabolism lead to very high morbidity and mortality in the neo-natal and pediatric population. Hence, it's of paramount importance to do neo-natal screening blood test for each baby that's born," she said. In the second session, chaired by Prof. Rizwan Naeem and Prof. Zareen Fasih, the topics discussed were Diagnostic approach to a child with Facial Dysmorphic Features (by Dr. Mohammed Naved, Consultant Pediatrician-Geneticist, HRH Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan Humanitarian & Scientific Foundation, UAE), Genomic Sequencing in New Born Screening; The Baby Seq Project (by Prof. Majed J. Dasouki) and Inborn Errors of Metabolism - CABRI Experience (By Dr. I. A. Shaafie, Specialist Clinical Biochemist, CABRI, Gulf Medical University). Accredited by MOH for 7.5 CME hours, the event was attended by Pediatricians, Neonatologists, Obstetricians/Gynecologists, Researchers, Clinical Scientists, Academic Faculties, Pediatric Nurses and Students from across the country.