In Recognition of World Diabetes Day, Dubai Introduces Smart Clinics for Its Patients
Today, the 14th of November marks World Diabetes Day. This viral disease is becoming one of the potentially biggest epidemics of the 21st century. In response to the rapid rise of diabetes, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) launched the World Diabetes Day in 1991, which is currently commemorated in 168 countries. According to the IDF, over 425 million people are currently living with diabetes and less than one in four family members have access to diabetes education programs.
Creative and strenuous efforts are made around the globe to achieve the selected annual theme. “The Family and Diabetes” was chosen as the official theme for 2018 and 2019 during which the IDF aims to accomplish 2 main goals. Firstly, raise awareness of the impact that diabetes has on the family and support network of those affected. Secondly, promote the role of the family in the management, care, prevention, and education of diabetes.
Dubai is no stranger when it comes to awareness campaigns on serious health issues. It also goes the extra mile by taking the first step and leading by example. Only a few days ago, Dubai Health Authority (DHA) announced an upcoming introduction of specialized smart clinics for its diabetic patients. Dr. Fatheya Al Awadi, Consultant Endocrinologist and Head of Endocrine Department at Dubai Hospital said, “This innovative approach will utilise the latest technology for blood glucose monitoring. Patients can also download DHA’s mobile applications; our electronic patient record system, SALAMA, will be used to optimise diabetes care and minimise the need for hospital admissions for those with high blood glucose levels. This is in line with DHA’s strategy of innovation to improve diabetes services across Dubai using smart technology.”
According to Gulf News, the smart clinics will significantly improve the convenience of services for diabetics. They will empower patients to control their health, allowing them to regularly check and update their blood glucose levels remotely as well as provide specialized care for expectant mothers with diabetes and adolescents. Moreover, the clinics will have a multidisciplinary team of endocrinologist diabetes educators, nutritionists, and psychologists for patients who need mental support to handle the difficulties of the disease.