800 workers screened during CDA-PAD health camp

Over 800 workers took part in a health awareness camp organised by the Pakistan Association Dubai on Friday, and thanks to the initiative, some workers who were previously unaware of underlying health issues were given the necessary advice to manage their newly diagnosed conditions.

By Staff Reporter

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Published: Tue 30 Jul 2013, 12:29 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 8:40 AM

The event, which took place at the Al Naboodah labour accommodation (Al Muhaisnah, Sonapur), was part of the activities initiated by the Community Development Authority under the slogan ‘Well deserved — participate in the spirit of giving this Ramadan’.

The Medical Wing of the association was the key part of the health related activity which conducts similar activities regularly to create health awareness among the blue collared workers and community members in a bid to encourage them to adopt healthy habits. The activities are in line with the spirit of UAE Humanitarian Day.

According to Chairman of the Adhoc Committee Rizwan Fancy, during the awareness camp basic health checks were provided to workers such as measuring blood pressure, BMI (body mass index), dental screening, checking blood sugar levels in addition to Hepatitis C checks.

Medical advice was also given by doctors from various specialties on personal hygiene, hand washing, oral hygiene, brushing techniques, diabetes awareness and Ramadan tips.

“The Dubai government is committed to working for the welfare of all communities and the medical wing of Pakistan Association Dubai has been playing a pivotal role in contributing to the health awareness activities,” said Saleh Ali Al Mazmi, Head of Licensing at CDA.

President of the medical wing at PAD Dr Nighat Aftab, highlighted the importance of these health awareness activities as a number of workers screened were found to have undiagnosed diabetes and hypertension and were referred for definitive management and Iftar packs and gift hampers were also distributed.

More than 35 medical professionals including doctors, nurses and paramedics and PAD volunteers took part in the activity.

asmaalizain@khaleejtimes.com



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