Dedicated to the promotion of women’s health, the Pan Medical Conference, organized by the Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters (GHQ) and conducted under the patronage of Lt. General H.H. Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, the Pan Medical Conference, commenced on Oct. 16. The three-day event brings together two dozen medical experts from nine counties, including the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Canada, Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Serbia.
The first day of the conference began with an inaugural ceremony welcoming the speakers, participants, and attendees, and addressing the main topics of the event. Lt. Col. Naijla Taher, MD, Head of Dermatology, Abu Dhabi Police Medical Services, who is also serving as the conference president, stressed the important need to focus on women’s medicine.
“The World Health Organization says although women provide the big bulk of healthcare services at home and community level,” she said, “in many countries the health care system continues to fail to address their specific health need throughout their lives.” She went on to explain: “The ultimate goal of the conference, and one of the principle focuses of the Abu Dhabi Police Medical Services, is to leverage knowledge, promote education, and build awareness about women’s health, placing the patient at the heart of all the efforts and discussions.”
Gen. Mohammed Khalfan Al Rumaithi, Deputy General Commander of the Abu Dhabi Police, also spoke, emphasizing Abu Dhabi’s and the UAE’s wider commitment to healthcare as a flagship policy of the country, and citing the Emirati leadership’s vital role to these efforts.
“Since its inception,” he stated, “The UAE has realized that the medical sector is a cornerstone for human development and for the advancement of civil societies; and the directives of the higher leadership have since guided and supported all sectors of the medical field. The growth and development that has been witnessed in the UAE’s medical field thus far, is a direct result of this on-going support,” he added.
The ceremony concluded with Col. Jassem Al Tunaiji, Director of Abu Dhabi Police Medical Services, who explained the police’s role in the promotion of public health. The conference, he said, “Reflects the deep belief that the role of the Abu Dhabi Police extends beyond the traditional concept of police work, as it promotes social solidarity and raises health awareness amongst all sectors of society.”
Sessions began at 8am and run until 4:30pm, falling under three separate ‘tracks’ – sub-conferences on specific areas of women’s health. The three tracks at the Pan Medical Conference are A – Internal Medicine, addressing issues such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and cardiovascular disease; B – OBS/GYN, dealing with gynecology, obesity, and mental health issues; and C – Dermatology, exploring skin conditions and diseases affecting women of all ages.
The Pan Medical Conference ‘Women’s Health’ is being held at the Rosewood Hotel and will last three days, from Oct. 16 to Oct. 18, with dozens of lectures and workshops being conducted by leading women’s health experts from around the world.