Cyprus recognises Sheikha bint Saif for supporting thalassaemia patients

ABU DHABI, 7th November, 2018 (WAM) — Andri Anastasiades, First Lady of Cyprus, has honoured Sheikha Sheikha bint Saif bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, the wife of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Adviser to the UAE President, in appreciation of her prominent humanitarian role in fighting thalassaemia.

The honouring is in appreciation of the prominent humanitarian role of Sheikha Sheikha bint Saif bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, who is also the Permanent Member of the Thalassaemia International Federation, in supporting thalassaemia patients locally and internationally through the foundation, as well as for launching the Sultan bin Khalifa International Thalassaemia Award Programme.

The recognition of Sheikha Sheikha, the Vice-President of the H.H. Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan Humanitarian and Scientific Foundation, and President of the Emirates Thalassaemia Society, came at a dinner gala held in Cyprus in her honour, in the presence of Sultan Ahmed Ghanem Al Suwaidi, UAE Ambassador to Cyprus, and Panos Englezos, President of the International Thalassaemia Federation, as well as several UAE diplomatic corps members.

Sheikha Sheikha and her delegation also visited the Thalassaemia Centre in Cyprus, toured its departments, and met its patients and their families, as well as the centre’s medical and administrative staff.

She expressed her happiness at seeing the centre’s advanced medical services, noting that the healthcare sector in Cyprus is being prioritised by the country’s government.

She spoke with the centre’s medical and therapeutic staff and thanked its doctors and nurses for their efforts, perseverance and sacrifices for thalassaemia patients.

She visited the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics in the capital, Nicosia, and listened to a presentation about the institute’s genetic treatment for thalassaemia patients and the other services it offers.

Sheikha Sheikha praised the level of healthcare and social services offered to patients in Cyprus while valuing the role of the Federation in promoting volunteer work around the world.

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