Aid for expat cardiac patients

DUBAI — Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charity and Humanitarian Establishment and the Department of Health and Medical Services (DOHMS) will jointly cover the treatment costs for 150 needy expatriate cardiac patients in all Dohms hospitals.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Tue 4 Jul 2006, 9:58 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:07 PM

"We all know that medical treatment is so expensive in our society today," said Ibrahim Bu Melha, Deputy Chairman of the Charity Establishment's Board of Trustees.

Qadi Saeed Mroushid, Director-General of DOHMS, also spoke at the Press conference yesterday after signing an agreement. The agreement that plans to treat all needy patients in public hospitals, covers about 15 to 20 per cent of cardiac patients. It does not include nationals, as they are cared for by the government, and does not cover those who are treated abroad or in the private medical sector.

"Our goal is to help the residents of our country regardless of nationality, religion or gender," said Bu Melha. Najib Al Khaja, Director of the Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery Centre, Dubai Hospital commented on new technologies, services and the latest achievements at the hospital such as the implanting of pacemakers and the centre's new online site.

"The surgery centre has combined all the heart centres and departments under one umbrella," said Al Khaja. "We now have new operational rooms, new technologies and have even advanced the skills of our doctors and specialists," he added.

Al Khaja continued to discuss the latest accomplishments stating that Dubai Hospital is now capable of conducting surgery in all veins of the body in addition to the heart's arteries. He added that by the end of 2003, the hospital conducted 500 catheterisations, but by 2005 it had conducted 1500 of the procedures and that now it only takes 70 minutes to perform as opposed to hours before.

"Financial help has always been offered to us even before the agreement," said Al Khaja. He also stated that there is a new order that requires anyone in the Emergency Room to be treated immediately regardless of the condition.

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