Physicians get training to help smokers quit habit

DUBAI — A two-day training workshop was organised recently to provide updated information to physicians and healthcare practioners helping people to quit smoking.

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Published: Mon 2 Jul 2007, 8:41 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:57 AM

The programme was prepared in accordance with an agreement signed between the Ministry of Health and Novartis Consumer Health for working towards a smoke-free environment,

The workshop was aimed at equipping the participants with skills needed to support or initiate a ‘quit-smoking’ clinic in their respective institutions.

The programme was conducted at Radisson SAS Hotel in Sharjah recently under the theme ‘Tobacco Dependence: Guidelines for management in Healthcare Settings’.

The programme included training on various topics conducted by Dr Ahmad Abdullah, Physician in-charge of the Smoking Cessation Clinic in the Preventive Medicine Department of the Health Authority in Abu Dhabi, who spoke about communication skills to encourage smokers to quit

More than 30 healthcare professionals from all over the GCC countries took part in the workshop, including Dr Ahmed Hamed Al Wahaibi, Senior Specialist Family and Community Medicine Ministry Of Health Oman, Dr Maged Radwan, Health Education Committee, Capital Smoking Cessation Clinic, Faiha, Kuwait, and Rany Victor, representative of Novartis Consumer Health.

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