UAE plans to introduce virtual reality to treat stroke victims

Ministry of Health and Prevention says VR rehabilitation technology makes use of virtual world simulation to meet various requirements for effective medical intervention
UAE plans to introduce virtual reality to treat stroke victims
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By Sam Bridge
Wed 18 Jul 2018 02:50 PM

The UAE's Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has announced plans to introduce Virtual Reality (VR) rehabilitation in physiotherapy for stroke patients, patients suffering from balance disorder and children with development disorders, cerebral palsy and Parkinson's syndrome.

The ministry said VR rehabilitation technology makes use of virtual world simulation to meet various requirements for effective medical intervention to achieve the best results using the video game controller and the moving sensor.

Scientific studies have proven the effectiveness of this innovative technique in the rehabilitation and treatment of many such cases, state news agency WAM reported.

It added that the move is in line with the UAE Strategy for Artificial Intelligence (AI) which aims to build creative and innovative work environments.

Dr Yousif Mohammed Al Serkal, Assistant Under-Secretary for the Hospital Sector, said the ministry is keen to fully integrate artificial intelligence into medical services.

He said the use of VR allowed the patient to complete the treatment at home with the possibility of remote rehabilitation.

He added that in the treatment of stroke, the virtual reality system evaluates and enhances the recovery of the affected upper parts, in addition to the training for the walking device used for rehabilitation.

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