WAM Abu Dhabi, Sept. 6th, 2011 (WAM) — The Ministry of Health (MoH) indicators have shown remarkable progress of the healthcare services during the past two years noting that it succeeded in decreasing the rates of some diseases and death cases.
The ministry also did a lot of accomplishments in the field of health education and awareness and raised the skills of national human resources in different medical zones, according to MoH.
Dr. Nada Al Marzouqi, Acting Director of Preventive Medicine Department in the Ministry of Health emphasized that the administration applies the best international standards in the field of disease protection noting that the vaccinations section constantly reviews the national vaccination program to reduce disease rates.
In its performance report issued on Tuesday the ministry said that in the field of disease rate reduction, the efforts of the ministry of health led to successful results where the pulmonary tuberculosis disease decreased from 18 to 9.8 for about 100.000 averages of residents. In addition, vaccination is one of the well known protection factor and this was shown through the national vaccination program in the country.
The ministry also took the necessary precautions and procedures that would affect the tuberculosis rate such as epidemiological surveillance of contact persons and providing them the necessary prevention treatment and isolation of patients from community members.
The ministry also applied the direct surveillance treatment programs and organized several training workshops to ensure the protection of patients against diseases and train doctors on discovering the disease on correct and international standards and criterions.
Based on the ratings of the world health organization, the United Arab Emirates is one of the countries with low rates of tuberculosis compared to the countries of the eastern Mediterranean region.
In addition to these positive indications, the ministry also succeeded in decreasing the chicken pox rates for 100 school students for ages between 5-15 years old. The disease rate decreased thanks to the vaccination national program and the continuous follow of the program in Abu Dhabi and Dubai Health authorities.
The activation of surveillance program against targeted diseases played a great role in decreasing the chicken pox disease rates among all rates in the UAE. The percentage of infants covered with basic vaccinations reached 93.8% in 2010. The program also managed to decrease the death rates and infectious diseases.
According to the recommendations of the World Health Organization and international vaccination committees, the accepted vaccination rate must be more than 90% in all medical districts. Therefore, the MMR vaccination which is provided to infants at the age of 12 months proves that the baby has been provided the basic vaccination requirement.
The WHO and UNICEF annual reports specify the progress of countries according to development in the health sector therefore the UAE has been classified in the first group or category due to its efforts in providing 90% basic vaccinations to infants and children.
The ministry of health’s programs achieved a remarkable success in decreasing the death rates against heart and vascular diseases through its continuous awareness programs against diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol in addition to the training of doctors and specialized clinics for chronic diseases.
The successful increasing number of clinical checkups in the ministry’s hospitals was applied according to international standards. Such tests included allergy tests, pulmonary infectious tests, stool concentration tests, hormone tests, venereal tests and vitamin deficiency tests.
In 2010, the Ministry of Health also added a number of new tests such as the polymerization of molecular cellular bacteria and pneumonia, vitamin D, IGF1 and IGF3.
With regards to pre-marriage tests, the report added that pre marriage law was issued on 2007 and applied in 2008 in the northern emirates. The program protects the younger generations from genetic and infectious diseases and also organizes several awareness sessions about the dangers of genetic diseases and its impact on newlywed couples.
The program also addresses community members to provide treatment for infectious diseases and managed to reduce the rates of infectious and genetic diseases remarkably. The numbers of tested patients reached 18.285.000 last year compared to 14.362.000 in 2009.
As for the early screening breast cancer programs, the disease rate from 1999 till 2006 reached 6.3 compared to 5.1 in 2008, the report concluded.