Arab Health to highlight efforts to curb asthma threat


Emergency Medicine Conference will be part of major exhibition to take place in Dubai later this month

Arab Health, the largest exhibition for healthcare and trade professionals in the MENA region, will address the growing prevalence of asthma in the Middle East and North Africa.

The discussion will take place as part of the fourth annual Emergency Medicine Conference, which takes place on the opening day of the trade show on January 27.

According to research from the Global Asthma Network, some 339 million people, or one in 20 globally, are affected by the condition.

In the UAE, approximately 14 percent of the population is impacted, equating to 1.3 million residents.

Dr Saleh Fares, consultant of Emergency Medicine, EMS and Disaster Medicine, founder and president, Emirates Society of Emergency Medicine (ESEM), Dubai, and moderator of the respirology session, said: “Chronic respiratory diseases are increasing in prevalence in the Middle East and, unfortunately, are often left undiagnosed and untreated. This is having huge social and economic consequences and, in some instances, is resulting in death.

“With the correct diagnosis and treatment, the number of deaths can be dramatically reduced, and the impact of the condition lessoned.

“We need to ensure there is better access to treatment and educate both frontline medical staff, as well as the patient, about the symptoms and the best course of action to take to remedy the condition,” he added.

The UAE’s above-average number of asthma cases is often attributed to the UAE’s dusty conditions due to the desert environment as well as seasonal changes and the resulting increase and decrease in temperature and humidity.

A reliance on air conditioning in the home and office, if not properly cleaned, can also become the ideal breeding ground for mould and dust which can act as a trigger for some sufferers.

Ross Williams, exhibition director of Arab Health, said: “As part of our commitment to provide access and information about the most up-to-date solutions and medical devices to the region, we will host over 250 companies who will be showcasing the latest technologies related to respiratory and life support.”

In addition to the Emergency Medicine Conference, a total of 13 Continuing Medical Education (CME) conferences and one educational forum will take place during the four-day Arab Health Congress.

More than 5,000 delegates are expected to attend popular returning tracks including Obs & Gyne, Diabetes and Total Radiology, as well as eight new conferences that include; Midwifery, Patient Experience, Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine, and a Healthcare Investment Forum.

Organised by Informa Markets, an anticipated 4,250+ exhibitors from more than 64 countries and 55,000 visitors are expected to attend the 2020 edition of the show which takes place from January 27–30 at the Dubai World Trade Centre and Conrad Dubai Hotel.

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