Government, Healthcare, UAE

MoHAP turns to tech to raise diabetes awareness in UAE

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Dr Hussein Abdel-Rahman Al-Rand, MoHAP and Paolo Carli, Merck

The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has turned to technology to raise public awareness about diabetes in the UAE.

MoHAP has unveiled a new mobile application to educate members of the community on ways of preventing diabetes and highlight methods of reducing complications caused by diabetes.

The Sugar App was launched following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, at the Ministry’s headquarters by Dr Hussein Abdel-Rahman Al-Rand, Assistant Under-Secretary of Health Centres and Clinics Sector, and Paolo Carli, Head of Middle East, Africa, Turkey, Russia & CIS at Healthcare Business of Merck.

Dr. Al-Rand said, “Signing the MoU with Merck Serono Middle East comes in with the ministry’s efforts being made to bolster its strategic partnerships with international medical companies specialised in non-communicable diseases such as diabetes. The ministry spares no efforts to effectively promote preventive and curative interventions, encourage community members to adopt a healthy lifestyle and highlight the importance of early detection of diseases. We are doing our best to offer people with diabetes a conducive environment that helps them efficiently deal with their condition in line with our strategy aiming to combat non-communicable diseases.”

Al Rand added that the ministry is very keen to launch awareness-raising and education campaigns on diabetes to reach out to the largest segment of society and combat non-communicable diseases, particularly diabetes.

The launch of the app will further support the ministry’s efforts being made to tackle diabetes and provide comprehensive and integrated healthcare services using innovative and sustainable ways.

Carli from Merck noted that the initiative will not only enhance public awareness on diabetes but will also help patients control this chronic disease while enjoying the life through smart and digital solutions.

“The app offers plenty of services that would help patients and doctors quickly and effectively monitor the development of the case,” said Carli.

“It also provides users with simplified medical information and advice about the nature of diabetes and pre-diabetes and how to better live with this disease by following an active lifestyle that includes exercise and following a diet by calculating Calories patients eat every day,” he added.

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