Inspections, awareness drives part of Ramadan health campaign in Dubai

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Authorities in Dubai have launched a campaign to monitor establishments that serve the community while diabetes experts have been engaged to shed light on safe fasting during the Holy Month of Ramadan.

According to a Gulf News report, Dubai Municipality’s Health and Safety Department has launched a campaign to monitor establishments that serve the community during Ramadan, including hotels, shopping malls, gents and ladies salons, personal care centers, sports clubs, and leisure and entertainment venues.

Dr Naseem Mohammad Rafie, acting director of Health and Safety Department, said a team of inspectors will conduct inspections throughout the day as part of the campaign.

“Our inspectors will cover 7,560 establishments that will come under scrutiny for the adherence to health and safety requirements. The inspectors will also respond promptly to all reports and complaints received by the department against such establishments and resolve them quickly,” the official said in a statement.

Safe fasting

Meanwhile, AstraZeneca has announced that it has partnered with leading diabetologists from the Middle East Africa region to shed light on safe fasting during Ramadan.

During the forum, experts discussed the ideal patient algorithm in light with the latest available guidelines (DaR guidelines- Diabetes & Ramadan International Alliance in partnership with International Diabetes Federation) and best of religious and medical recommendations for fasting type 2 diabetic patients.

The prevalence of type 2 diabetes in the UAE is amongst the highest in the world. By 2020, an estimated 32 percent of the adult population (age 20-79), including nationals and expatriates, may have diabetes or prediabetes posing an economic burden approximated at $8.52 billion if current trends continue, the company said.

Dr. Abdulrazzaq Ali Al Madani, Consultant Endocrinologist, Al Borj Medical Centre and Chairman of the Emirates Diabetes Society said: “For patients fasting during Ramadan, doctors need to carry an assessment and individualized plan which covers physical activity, meal planning, glucose monitoring, dosage and timing of medications.”