Ministry of Health and Prevention launches the World Immunization Week activities
Added: (Tue Apr 25 2017)
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UAE, 25 April, 2017 -The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP) has launched World Immunization Week activities in the UAE, in cooperation with Abu Dhabi Health Authority (HAAD) and Dubai Health Authority (DHA). World Immunization Week will be held until 30 April, under the theme ‘Vaccines Work.’ Activities will include educational and awareness campaigns, in addition to organizing lectures and workshops within various medical facilities, to promote the importance of immunizations among community, to achieve the sustainable development of the country.
H.E. Dr. Hussein Abdel-Rahman Al Rand, Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry’s Health & Prevention Health Centers and Clinics Sector, noted MOHAPS’s commitment towards developing the health system, to prevent communicable diseases in the UAE, by developing medical services, and modernizing vaccination programs according to the highest international standards. This will contribute to improve the results of the strategic indicator for children’s vaccinations.
Al Rand also noted that the main objective of World Immunization Week is to provide vaccines to as many people as possible, to protect them from vaccine preventable diseases. MOHAP is working to provide vaccines as part of preventative efforts against diseases, while ensuring that vaccinations are completed among children of all ages, travellers, and the elderly.
Al Rand mentioned that MOHAP’s participation in the annual event supports the global initiative celebrated. By focusing on enhancing the indicators regarding the quality of healthcare and increasing immunizations, the UAE has achieved the global immunization goals and strategies set by the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is a result of the guidance of the wise leadership, and our efforts to achieve the UAE Vision 2021, to transform the nation into one of the best countries in the world by the Golden Jubilee of the Union.
Dr. Aisha Suhail, Director of Primary Health Care, stated that MOHAP is organizing World Immunization Week activities in the UAE, in cooperation with WHO and other international entities. The event aims to raise awareness about immunization and enhance the overall health of the community. Routine vaccinations are basis of primary health care and comprehensive health coverage, the also provide children with needed support and health care from day one, allowing every child the benefit of good health.
Dr. Aisha Suhail asked the community to follow up on their vaccinations and adhere to vaccination appointments, as they play a key role in the protection against vaccine preventable diseases.
During her opening speech, Dr. Fatima Al Attar, Head of International Health Regulations, noted that immunization plays an effective role in achieving sustainable development and promote the health. Taking part in the activities of World Immunization Week contributes to the overall health of the community. The WHO has urged every individual to invest immunization programs, in adherence with regional and global strategies for vaccines. It has been estimated that spending one dollar on immunization has an economic return of more than 16 times, highlighting that immunization programs are one of the best interventions in public health.
Dr. Laila Al Jasmi, Head of the Vaccination Department at MOHAP, stated that celebrating World Immunization Week, supports MOHAP’s strategy to achieve the goals of national immunization program to protect against viral hepatitis, measles, rubella, polio and other diseases. She also noted that vaccines greatly reduce the risk of infection by working with the body’s natural defences to safely develop immunity to disease.
The event, which was held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Dubai, included a number of scientific lectures on the updated information in the global strategic plan for vaccinations, the importance of vaccinations against measles, vaccination safety.
Topics also included seasonal influenza vaccines, and the importance of epidemiological surveillance in vaccine facilities, to ensure the effectiveness of the vaccines. Speakers included Dr. Laila Al Jasmi, Dr. Ahmed Dimas Al Suwaidi, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Emirates, Dr. Noura Al Shamsi, Deputy Director of Preventive Medicine Department in Ajman, Dr. Mohammad Zahran and Dr. Ashwini, in addition to a number of Public Health Specialists in the Central Department of Preventive Medicine at MOHAP.