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Globally, 300m people do not know they have hepatitis: WHO

Around 300 million people across the world are unaware that they are living with viral hepatitis. Today, on World Hepatitis Day, the local health community in the UAE is reiterating its commitment to help completely eliminate hepatitis by 2030. And it all starts with ‘finding the missing millions’. One in 12 people globally is infected with the type B due to sexual transmission and intraveneous drug abuse, according to Dr Mashhood Villyoth, gastroenterologist at Aster Hospital Qusais. An infection may take place with limited or no symptoms. If symptoms are present, they usually include yellowing of the skin and eyes, dark urine, extreme fatigue, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. – News Source

Robots help dispense 1.7m medicines since 2014 in UAE

Robots have helped dispense over 1.7 million prescription medicines in the Capital since 2014, the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (Seha) has revealed. Over 523,000 patients have benefitted from the smart pharmacy service’s accuracy. Over 523,000 patients have benefitted from the smart pharmacy service’s accuracy. Dr Maha Al Ghufli, corporate pharmacy manager at the Seha, said: “The smart pharmacy service has succeeded in improving the accuracy of prescriptions, eliminating over-prescription and reducing waiting times. “We have over 880 pharmacists, 82 of whom are Emirati, and they have all expressed excitement over the efficiency of the system.” Once the details are entered, a robot picks the medicine, prints the label containing the patient’s information and delivers it to the pharmacist’s window in eight to 10 seconds. “The robot also carries out the technical tasks of dispensing the prescriptions,” said Dr Al Ghufli. – News Source

Your kid’s body heats up 5 times more than yours, UAE doctors warn

Parents should ensure that their children wear sunscreen and drink lots of fluids and juices. With temperatures soaring across the country, doctors are advising parents to take special care of their children to avoid heat strokes. They warned that a child’s body heats up three to five times more than an adult’s.Dr Nada Al Mulla, family medicine physician and head of Nad Al Hammar primary health centre, Dubai Health Authority (DHA), said children and the elderly are prone to heat stroke and exhaustion in the summer. She advised residents to avoid outdoor activities between 9am and 6pm and wear lightweight and light-coloured clothes. “Parents should ensure that their children wear sunscreen and drink lots of fluids and juices,” she said. – News Source

 

 

 

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