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Abu Dhabi and Ajman Healthcare workers attend addiction treatment workshops

February 26, 2014 12:07 pm

The National Rehabilitation Center (NRC) held two workshops for nursing and medical staff in Abu Dhabi and Ajman, particularly individuals who are in direct contact with addiction patients. These workshops are organized by the Institute of Training and Education at NRC and are part of the center’s knowledge building campaign to raise the standard of treatment for substance use patients across the UAE.

NRC has been organizing a series of workshops in collaboration with different stakeholders to transfer its expertise to them. These two workshops were held in collaboration with Fatima College of Health Sciences and the University of Aberdeen in the UAE, respectively, where joint efforts are being made to develop the academic level of nursing studies from its current level of a diploma to a Masters program.

The training held at the University of Aberdeen drew the participation of NRC’s staff, the university’s nursing professors and medical researchers. Participants discussed various aspects of the disease of addiction, best treatment options available, reasons for substance abuse and the consequences of addiction on an individual’s health and on their families. The training in Ajman focused on methods for diagnosing and monitoring addiction and the importance of early detection in addition to training attendees on the Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST). Participants – which exceeded 50 medical professionals from 32 entities – were also informed of the best methods for assessing whether patients needed be transferred from primary healthcare centres and hospitals to specialized addiction treatment facilities.

Commenting on NRC’s ongoing training initiatives, H.E. Dr. Hamad Al Ghaferi, NRC’s Director General said “In order to ensure that we make true progress in fighting the disease of addiction, it is essential that all parties involved in this effort are aware of the latest techniques and methodologies available in the field. We are always open to approaching our peers, locally or internationally, in order to work together and to exchange experiences. So far, we have had positive feedback for all of our workshops, and we will continue to work on developing the skills of medical professionals to raise the standards of addiction treatment in the UAE through ongoing training programs.”

H.E. Al Ghaferi added: “We recognize the importance of partnering with different stakeholders in the community as the fight against addiction has to be actioned on various levels. Our cooperative efforts with academic institutions to raise the level of nursing education in the UAE will support our leadership’s efforts of reducing substance use in the country and worldwide.”

Dr. Samya Al Mamri, Director of Nursing at NRC, also commented: “These workshops follow NRC’s strategic efforts to train specialists in the field of nursing, medicine and research on the latest medical solutions when dealing with the disease of addiction. We believe in the importance of early detection and its undeniable importance in enhancing treatment success rates.”

The NRC recently organized a training workshop in collaboration with the the Ministry of Interior’s General Administration of Federal Drug Control in the Emirate of Sharjah. The sessions focused on raising awareness of how to spot a substance user as well as how to approach the user in a safe and effective manner. Discussions were also held on the stages of recovery and rehabilitation of substance users, laws and policies related to this issue, in addition to a number of participants sharing their personal experiences and specific case studies with their peers.

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