Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Thursday, January 15th 2015 [ME NewsWire]
On behalf of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE and Minister of Finance, H.E. Engineer Essa Al Haj Al Maidoor, the Director General of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), inaugurated the 5th Emirates Rhinology & Otology Conference. The Conference is organized by the Otolaryngology Division at the Emirates Medical Association in collaboration with European Federation and the Arab Otorhinolaryngology Society. The inauguration took place Tuesday morning at the InterContinental Hotel in Dubai Festival City. The event will be attended by 1,300 physicians and specialists from around the world.
In his speech at the opening event, H.E. Engineer Essa Al Haj Al Maidoor welcomed the physicians who had travelled in order to participate in the Congress and said: “Today’s world is currently witnessing a lot of changes and international developments in various fields – and the health sector is one of these, as it relates to human health. Herein lies the importance of this Congress, as we review key medical findings in a variety of disciplines that involve rhinology and otology.”
H.E. Engineer Al Maidoor added that the wise leadership of the UAE has paid special attention to the health sector through opening specialized hospitals and health centers that have been attracting the best and most capable medical devices and equipment used to speed up the processes of diagnosis and treatment.
For his part, Dr. Hussain Abdul Rahman, MOH Assistant Undersecretary for Health Centers and Clinics and President of ORL, Head & Neck Society, Emirates Medical Association, said that the three day Congress will discuss various topics that cover all disease related to Otolaryngology. It will also discuss other related topics such as plastic surgery and its most recent developments; the use of endoscopes in surgical procedures of the nose, ears, throat, and sinuses; skull-based surgeries through the nose with surgical navigators; speech disorders; and difficulties swallowing. Dr. Abdul Rahman also indicated that one of sessions of the Congress will be dedicated to discussing the modern methods adopted for cosmetic and medical rhinoplasty operations. The Congress will also discuss issues of apnea and snoring alongside the latest methods of diagnosis and treatment; surgical procedures in the ear to improve hearing and cochlear implants; and various topics related to the field of medicine and ear, nose, and throat surgeries. He also stressed that the Congress presents the perfect opportunity for all Otorhinolaryngologists in the Arab world to collaborate and compile information regarding the latest technology and research in the fields of Otorhinolaryngology and head and neck surgeries.
Additionally, Dr. Hussain Abdul Rahman announced the establishment of a medical research committee focused on Otorhinolaryngology in the Arab world. The committee will be headed by Dr. Mazen Al Khabawi, Head of the Arab Board for
Otorhinolaryngology from the Sultanate of Oman. The committee will start receiving significant research from specialized physicians from each Arab state. A neutral committee will also be established and will be comprised of international physicians who will examine the research. Winners will be announced in the 6th Congress next year in Dubai.
He also explained that the organizing committee had prepared four training workshops prior to the Congress including topics regarding dizziness; medical research; and micro-surgeries in the otitis media (middle ear). An elite group of international physicians will supervise the workshops and channel their hands-on experiences in handling such operations for specialists within UAE and the region.
Concluding, Dr. Abdul Rahman noted: “In terms of prevalence, the most common Rhinology and Otology diseases are sinus diseases with 15 percent, followed by nose allergy and apnea problems with 10 percent, and head and neck cancer tumors with 3 percent.” He urged all concerned entities and individuals to raise awareness regarding preventive measures. “Primarily, avoid exposure to dust, avoid smoking, and clean air-ducts and air-conditioning thoroughly and regularly- where fungi tend to grow,” he said.
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