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Second edition of Zulekha Hospital’s colorectal cancer campaign reinforces need for dialogue and openness to help treat the disease

Dubai, UAE, 20 February, 2017: The ‘Screen and Survive’ initiative, launched by Zulekha Hospital today at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in Dubai, brought together like-minded doctors and professionals to increase the awareness of early screening and detection of colorectal cancer.

In line with the UAE’s 2021 goal of reducing cancer cases by 18% and supporting the government’s Year of Giving 2017, the second edition of the UAE awareness campaign plans to build on last year’s success, widening the open discussion on the prevention of the disease.

The event’s ambassadors, Dr Adil Daud, Professor, Oncology Director from the University of California and Dr Robert Warren, Professor of Surgery, Surgical Oncology at the University of California were joined by Dr. Muna Al Kuwari, Director of Specialised Healthcare Department, Hospital Sector, Dr. Suad Hashim Ahmed – Head of Unit & Consultant, Dubai Health Authority and a host of like-minded professionals who shared their keen insight on the incidence of the disease in UAE, detection and management of the same.

Among the speakers, guest of honour, Dr. Muna Al Kuwari, Director of Specialised Healthcare Department Hospital Sector, said: “The Ministry of Health encourages the public and private sector healthcare institutions to take such initiatives that aim at making a difference to our communities in UAE and promote early detection and prevention of deadly diseases. We all need to join hands and take the message forward to make a bigger difference. Our best wishes to Zulekha Hospital team in their endeavour to save lives.”

Zanubia Shams, Co-Chairperson of Zulekha Hospitals, said: “Last year, we set out to break the taboos of talking about colorectal cancer, raising awareness of the disease and encouraging men and women to get screened early on to prevent it.

“We had a positive response in 2016; however, colon cancer remains the second most common and fatal cancer in the UAE. And as such, it is imperative that we continue to spread awareness through these healthcare campaigns as they ultimately save lives.

“According to new guidance introduced by the World Health Organisation, public awareness is a necessary step to help detect cancer earlier and make sure patients have access to better and cheaper treatment. This new campaign is our way to reach the local community and urge them to get screened.”

Last year, the initiative successfully screened 148 participants detecting six positive results with a number of those staying on for treatment at Zulekha Hospital. This year, from now until 20th April, the Dubai and Sharjah hospitals will offer complimentary screenings for registered participants.

“Every year 8.8million people die from cancer and a lot of these deaths could have been avoided if the right steps were taken early on,” said Taher Shams, Managing Director of Zulekha Hospitals. “With the proper education as well as the access to safe and effective treatment, we can catch the disease before it advances, potentially becoming fatal.

“Improving equipment and staff in order to conduct accurate and timely diagnoses, as well as ensuring patients already living with cancer have complete access to effective treatment is a vital part in combating the disease and preventing it advancing further.”

UAE residents are encouraged to make their free consultation appointment with the team of respected specialists in Dubai and Sharjah over the next two months by visiting http://crc.zulekhahospitals.com/ or by calling 600 524 442.




16 per cent of UAE patients undergoing bariatric treatment are morbidly obese, says expert surgeon

Dubai, UAE, 13 February, 2017: A team of surgeons from Zulekha Hospital has successfully performed a highly complex bariatric surgery on a morbidly obese Sharjah resident.

Weighing 168kg, the 31 year old Emirati patient had been experiencing frequent abdominal pain, shortness of breath, severe joint swelling and had suffered from low self-esteem for years.

With more than 500 gastric and bariatric surgeries under his belt, Dr Mohanad Mohamad Sultan Aljanabi, Consultant General and Bariatric Surgeon at Zulekha Hospital Sharjah said: “About 25% per cent of patients who undergo this type of surgery are classified as extremely obese and with the obesity rates on rise across the UAE, we expect more individuals to be referred for this type of treatment.”

The patient, who wishes to remain anonymous, was classified as morbidly obese with a body mass index (BMI) of 56.7; the recommended BMI for someone in their 30s is below 25.

Dr Aljanabi added: “Once a person gets beyond 40 BMI, diet and exercise are not effective in inducing long-term weight loss and the only way for them to reduce weight is through a surgical procedure.

“Usually, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is a straightforward procedure, but in cases of morbidly obese patients it may lead to severe complications, including internal bleeding and the occurrence of blood clots and leakages.”

The patient, a long-standing patron of Zulekha Hospital, said it was her previous positive experience with Zulekha Hospital that prompted her to undergo the surgery.

She said: “My experience with the hospital has always been satisfactory and I decided to undergo the surgery as Dr Aljanabi’s advice motivated and convinced me about the positive effects it would have. For the first time in my life, I wasn’t scared of the operation as the doctor was extremely approachable and friendly and explained to me in detail what the procedure would entail.”

Considered one of the most effective means of reducing weight, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is a minimally invasive surgery during which surgeons remove approximately 75 per cent of a patient’s stomach. This leads to the loss of 80% of excess weight within the following 9-12 months.

Discharged from the hospital only three days after the surgery, the patient was equipped with tailored dietary and exercise guidelines.

She added: “I have been advised by the doctor to do simple exercises, walk for half an hour every day, and consume foods that are rich in protein and vitamins. I already feel more confident after the surgery and will continue to follow the doctor’s advice to maintain a healthy lifestyle.”

The doctors expect an increase in such surgeries; according to recent analysis gathered through the Global Burden of Disease Study, more than 66 per cent of men and 60 per cent of women in the UAE are overweight or obese.

In line with Zulekha Hospital’s commitment to addressing the growing obesity rates across the country, the hospital recently launched a ‘No More Excuses’ campaign, aimed at urging UAE residents to start taking responsibility for their health and wellbeing.

The campaign involves a series of sporting activities and free health check-ups available to all UAE residents who can make appointments by visiting promise.zulekhahospitals.com or calling 600 524 442.


Zulekha Hospitals Dubai and Sharjah welcome more than 2,902 women for medical tests to reduce breast cancer cases in UAE
Dubai, UAE, 8 January, 2017: Zulekha Hospital says its ongoing breast cancer awareness drive is having a growing impact after a record number of female patients registered for X-Ray mammograms and specialist check-ups.

A total of 2,902 women have attended medical appointments at Zulekha Hospitals in Sharjah and Dubai since the launch of the ‘Pink It Now’ initiative in October 2016. This represents a 58% increase in consultations from its 2015 campaign.


Launched by Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Founding Board Member of Friends for Cancer Patients (FoCP), ‘Pink It Now’ was the latest part of Zulekha Hospitals’ string of CSR initiatives aimed at raising health awareness in the UAE.

According to a WHO World Cancer Report, breast cancer has a substantially higher incidence than any other type of carcinoma. In 2012 alone the UAE registered 568 incidences of the disease, a rate five times higher than those of cervical or colorectal cancer and currently the disease amounts to 30% of all cancer cases across the MENA region.

“The numbers clearly show that our messages about the importance of the disease detection and treatment options prompt women into action,” said Dr Pamela Munster, renowned cancer expert from the University of California in San Francisco (UCSF), United States, and the campaign’s long-standing ambassador.

“We want women to acknowledge that while some of them are in the higher breast cancer risk group due to their age, race or family history, anyone can develop this disease.”

The initiative, which concluded last week (Saturday, 31 December), comes in line with the UAE government’s health goal of decreasing cancer fatalities within 2021, and is being undertaken in collaboration with The Pink Caravan, a FoCP initiative that has been functioning in the UAE since 2011 to raise awareness about breast cancer; highlighting the importance of early detection, regular check-ups, and dispelling the innumerable myths that surround the disease.

Dr Munster added: “Our aim is to educate women regardless of their age or background about the prevention, screening, and treatment procedures because timely management of the disease can reduce fatalities up to 98% and we want to equip all females across the UAE with this knowledge.”

Zanubia Shams, Zulekha Hospital Co-chairperson and the campaign’s creator, said: “We are overwhelmed by the response to ‘Pink It Now’ as the number of women registering for appointments grew by 58 per cent since last year while the number of positive cases detected remained at 13.

“We believe that by empowering women with extensive knowledge about breast cancer and stressing the importance of regular screenings as well as providing information about relevant treatment options, we help them make informed decisions about their health now and in the future.”

‘Pink It Now,’ supported by partners including Friends of Cancer Patients, Pink Caravan, Ford Warriors in Pink – Ford MENA, Nestle Fitness, Bhima Jewellers, Colors TV, radio channels HUM FM and CLUB FM, and Femina ME, is one of Zulekha Hospital’s core CSR initiatives, stressing the importance of strategies for cancer prevention, early detection and management of patients with the disease. The campaign will return to Dubai and Sharjah in October 2017.



Zulekha Healthcare Group launches US$43.65 million world-class
Alexis Multi-Speciality Hospital

Dubai, UAE, 22 November, 2016:  One of the UAE’s most prominent healthcare groups has expanded its reach to an international scale, opening a new hospital in Nagpur, India.

Delegates from Zulekha Hospitals Group, the Indian government and African associations came together at the opening ceremony on Saturday (19 November) to formally launch the new Alexis Multi-Speciality Hospital in Nagpur.

Inaugurated by Shri Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Shipping, Government of India, and Dr Zulekha Daud, Founder and Chairperson of Zulekha Healthcare Group, the brand new INR 300 crore (US$43.65million) facility brings world-class healthcare to Central India.


Speaking at the opening ceremony, Mr Taher Shams, Managing Director of Zulekha Hospitals and Alexis Multispeciality Hospital, said: “We are delighted and proud to mark our international footprint by sharing our world-class expertise and contributing to the region’s healthcare system and its community.

“We are already recognised as a forerunner in the UAE’s healthcare industry, but our step towards international expansion is underlined by Zulekha Hospitals’ commitment to providing high quality healthcare to all patients and society at large.”

Implemented in collaboration with experts from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and with support from International Finance Corporation and the Indian government, the 200-bed hospital is ready to provide the local community with an array of complex medical procedures right at their doorstep.

Shri Nitin Gadkari said: “Many congratulations to the Alexis team and Dr. Zulekha Daud herself for making this world-class facility and services available to our residents. We value your commitment and look forward to receive quality healthcare services locally. I am happy to join you in this milestone launch. Our best wishes and support to the team in their further developments.”

The Minister was also accompanied by Mrs Zanubia Shams, Co-Chairperson of Zulekha Hospitals and Alexis Multi-Speciality Hospital, who sees the hospital as a foundation stone for Nagpur’s future development as a healthcare hub.

She said: “Our dream of giving back to communities both in the UAE and back home has come true and we are glad to be generating multiple opportunities for the socio-economic development of the region.”

“Be it employment or service collaborations, we welcome all healthcare professionals to join us in servicing our communities with the best. We look forward to fruitful associations in strengthening the local healthcare system.”

Spanning an area of 225,000sqft, the multi-speciality hospital provides international quality of medical care across various disciplines, including Centres of Excellence in Cardiac Sciences, ENT, Orthopaedics, Joint Replacement & Arthroscopy, Neurosciences, Paediatrics & Neonatology, & Internal Medicine, Trauma Services, Urology, Nephrology, Gastroenterology, Endocrinology and Minimal Invasive Surgery.

The hospital also features Medical and Surgical Oncology & Radiotherapy, Interventional Radiology, Preventive Medicines and Critical Care services, and its comprehensive Organ Transplant Unit is set to open soon.

Caption:    Management from Zulekha Healthcare Group and dignitaries from the Indian government come together to formally launch the new Alexis Multi-Speciality Hospital in Nagpur, India.


About Zulekha Hospital
The Zulekha Hospital brand is part of the Zulekha Healthcare Group, and is among the forerunners in UAE healthcare.  Today the Zulekha Healthcare group includes two multidisciplinary hospitals in Dubai and Sharjah, as well as four UAE medical centres and three pharmacies providing specialised treatments in over 25 disciplines. The Group is also opening a multidisciplinary Hospital in India.  Zulekha Hospital has received extensive recognition for its commitment towards quality care and sustainable business practises, and recently received the prestigious Dubai Quality Award for the second time in four years, underling a commitment to providing high quality healthcare to patients and society

About Alexis Hospital
Alexis Hospital is an initiative of the Zulekha Healthcare Group, UAE to help serve the entire Central India community by providing the highest quality of medical care across various disciplines. The Hospital has a team of renowned specialists and medical personnel supported by latest cutting-edge technology offering all-round care and comfort.