Current Issue


Drug resistance

World Health Day was held on 7 April, enabling the World Health Organisation to highlight an increasingly worrisome situation in healthcare – the growing resistance to antimicrobial medication and the steadily decreasing cure rates because of it. In an important news feature, we intend to raise awareness of this major problem, and advise what can be done to combat drug resistance.

An informative report from Qatar looks at the provision of health services in the country in comparison to other developing and advanced economies. The results of recent studies show that Qatar has come a long way in the past decade, but that there is still room for improvement.

Physicians and healthcare workers across the region are all playing their part in improving healthcare in a variety of ways. We look at an early-warning scoring tool for paediatric patients, developed by healthcare professionals at Tawam Hospital in Al Ain, UAE, that is showing great benefit by checking early signs of deterioration in hospitalised children and initiating timely clinical intervention.

In the past couple of months there have been several important medical breakthroughs in the news. We report on the world’s first bionic eye to receive the CE Mark – a retinal implant that can restore light perception to individuals who have been blinded by macular degeneration or retinitis pigmentosa. It is early days for this device, but the outlook looks extremely promising. In another of our highlighted examples, a new pneumonia vaccine has been launched recently which has the potential to prevent the loss of tens of millions of lives. This is a ground-breaking development, particularly for the many young children who currently succumb to this disease each year. Also in the news is a breakthrough in the diagnosis of prostate cancer, simplifying and making more accurate the diagnosis of this disease which afflicts so many men around the world.

Each year winter in Egypt takes its toll on those infected with Avian Influenza. In fact, the infection rate in the country has climbed to a point that Egypt is now considered the new epicenter of H5N1. Read about this on page 30. In a very comprehensive issue you’ll also find articles about cervical cancer, clinical research, and new medical products – part of our aim in keeping you abreast of the fast-changing healthcare situation in the Middle East, and the world.

And finally, like most people in this part of the world, we’ve struggled to keep up with all the personnel changes in local hospitals and practices in the last couple of years. We often only find out that doctors have moved on when they contact us complaining that we’ve stopped sending them their favourite magazine! Unfortunately, we’re not telepathic, and that’s why you’ll find the ‘renewal’ insert in this copy. Whether you’ve moved on or not, if you want to keep receiving Middle East Health completely free-of-charge, PLEASE COMPLETE THE INSERT AND SEND IT BACK TO US. If you don’t, you won’t stay on our database, and you won’t get the magazine again after the summer. If you know someone else who’s moved on, or who would qualify to receive it, then please photocopy or scan the insert, and ask them to complete and return it to us. As always, we want to ensure that we reach all senior medical professionals in the region – many thanks in advance for your co-operation.

Brian Wilkie

(May-Jun 2011)



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