Haiti Relief Drive, H1N1 Top List at Health Expo

DUBAI — An onsite donation drive for a Haiti relief project and a display 
of equipment to counter H1N1 topped the list at the Arab Health Exhibition and Conference that opened on Monday.

By (Asma Ali Zain)

Published: Tue 26 Jan 2010, 10:53 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 2:37 PM

Inaugurated by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, the event saw a robust attendance despite the financial downturn, said the organisers.

The show organisers will be distributing participation instructions to exhibiting companies during the course of the four-day event with leaflets, posters and dedicated drop-off points for companies willing to donate.

All supplies and equipment will be provided to Love a Child, a non-profit humanitarian organisation dedicated to helping the children of Haiti as well as other relief organisations.

“Though the logistics will only be completed at the end of the event, we have already been getting several inquiries on the first day of the show,” said Kim Childs from GTech Medical Services that is also organising the collection.

“Arab Health is a huge medical exhibition, with over 2,700 exhibitors, most of whom have shipped in medical equipment and supplies for display at the show that either gets given away, thrown out or shipped back at great expense after the show,” said Ralph Childs, Managing Partner, GTech Medical Services.

“These items are desperately needed in Haiti right now. We are collecting any usable equipment, consumables or other healthcare items that companies would like to donate from their stands after the show closes. We are also donating equipment and supplies as well as coordinating this effort.”

While bigger companies exhibiting at the event said it was too expensive to donate their products for Haiti, smaller exhibitors expressed their willingness to contribute.

“I will see how the sales go initially and definitely will consider donating the remaining equipment for Haiti,” said Himanshu Sachdeva, Director Business Development, Hospital Equipment who was exhibiting his products from India.

Besides Haiti relief efforts, several companies are introducing new technology to control infections, with special focus on H1N1.

“The Enigma ML (mini-laboratory) instrument system uses proprietary miniaturised technologies to produce a raw sample to test result in under an hour.

“Our reception at this conference has been extremely supportive and confirms the unmet need for our ML system across a range of disease,” said John McKinley, Chairman and CEO of Enigma.

Until a couple of months ago, Star Trivitron was importing at least two containers of equipment in a month to detect the virus.

“That was the panicked state,” said Gopakumar Elayath, general manager of the company that is exhibiting a range of products for infection control. “Most equipment is already being used by hospitals across the country,” he said, while demonstrating the new range of air purifiers.


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