Jun 02 2012
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MoH celebrates implementation of UAE’s initiative to support safe usage of syringes in developing countries (ADD1)
XXXX release.He lauded efforts of the supporting and sponsoring companies for purchasing the one used disabled syringes noting that since the announcement of the UAE’s initiative, the companies were very cooperative to implement this humanitarian and health deed. During the 11th SIGN meeting in Dubai, the UAE’s initiatives for supporting injection Safety Program has been raised by the ministry’s Sharjah Blood Transfusion & Research Centre- a World Health Organization collaborating centre for training & Research. "The initiative purpose is to purchase auto disabled syringes to support developing countries in collaboration with the World Health Organization and SIGN Secretariat general to eliminate the dissemination of infectious diseases. Auto-disabled syringes are manufactured with a technology which inhibits the reuse of such syringes. Both Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal & United Republic of Tanzania have been selected by the World Health Organization and SIGN secretariat General", Al Amiri said". He also noted that the humanitarian associations, medical and pharmaceutical companies in the UAE contributed a donation of AED 1.247.803 to support this initiative. As such, Sharjah Blood Transfusion & Research Centre & in collaboration with World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva selected the technical specifications of the auto disabled syringes as per international standards. The syringes were selected to cover therapeutic needs for neonates, children and adults and were procured from Peckton Diknson in Madrid, Spain then arrived to the UAE on November 2011. The storage of the safe syringes were supported by Dubai International Humanitarian City and insured by Abu Dhabi National Insurance Company (ADNIC). The official noted that about 4 million one use disabled syringes were shipped from Dubai to the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal while 2 million safe syringes were shipped also from Dubai to the United Republic of Tanzania. A trophy was presented at the ceremony to HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein by Al-Amiri, Director of External Assistance at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mohammed Joaied as well as ambassadors of Nepal and Tanzania for her leading role in achieving healthcare and humanitarian deeds locally and internationally. The trophy was handed over to Shaima Al Zarooni, CEO, Dubai International Humanitarian City. All supporting and sponsoring companies were honored at the ceremony as well. These include Dubai International Humanitarian City, Maximus Airlines, Etihad Airways, Dubai Aviation, Abu Dhabi Airports Company, Aramex and Abu Dhabi National Insurance Company. The Ministry of Health also thanked the World Health Organization represented in SIGN and Sharjah Blood Transfusion and Research Center for their efforts in planning, supervising and implementing this initiative. Furthermore, Dhanaujay Jha, Ambassador of Nepal and Excellency Muhaima Mpugusi, Ambassador’s Counselor of Tanzania expressed their appreciation and gratitude to the UAE’s humanitarian deed in eliminating the suffers of developing countries. They also stressed that such an important initiative has a very positive impact on the medical practices in their countries noting that their citizens appreciate the humanitarian role of the UAE’s government and people. Terence Thompson, Environmental Health Advisor at the World Health Organization made remarks on the efforts of the organization in this field. He also noted that the organization appreciates the efforts of the United Arab Emirates in providing safe syringes for developing countries. Such a noble deed would definitely eliminate the dissemination of infectious diseases and maintain the health and safety of inhabitants of these countries.
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