Dubai Diabetes Centre planning to expand services

New obesity clinic set to launch in Dubai to help patients struggling with weight isssues
Dubai Diabetes Centre planning to expand services
By Sam Bridge
Sat 04 Aug 2018 10:31 AM

Dubai Diabetes Centre (DDC), the emirate’s only dedicated multidisciplinary diabetes centre, is planning to expand to enhance its capacity and cater to a larger number of patients.

The move comes as it is estimated one in five people in the UAE are diabetic and another one in five are pre-diabetic.

In 2017, the centre treated nearly 1,000 new patients. In terms of total patient visits with all the different providers at the centre, including consultant endocrinologists, nurse educators, dietitians, podiatrists, exercise specialists, psychologist, and retinal imaging specialists, the number exceeded 38,000, it said in a statement.

Humaid Al Qutami, director-general of the Dubai Health Authority, said the authority aims to provide specialised medical services especially for chronic diseases such as diabetes that have a high prevalence in the region.

“Since the start of this centre in 2009, we have come a long way in ensuring that we provide specialised services to people with diabetes under one-roof. We are keen to expand the services of this centre to enhance capacity and provide high-quality multidisciplinary diabetic care to a larger number of patients,” he added.

DDC said it will soon begin an obesity clinic to help patients struggling with obesity with realistic and effective ways to lose weight and to maintain that weight loss as well.

Dr M Hamed Farooqi, director of the Dubai Diabetes Centre said: “Managing patients which significant obesity and its underlying complications is a huge challenge. The statistics clearly point out that obesity is one of the major factors contributing to the high prevalence of diabetes in the region.

"We already have the experts in our centre that will form a dedicated multidisciplinary team to help patients with obesity shed the pounds. This will directly help in improved patient outcomes and better control of diabetes.”

He added that the centre recently completed a proof of concept project for the implementation of artificial intelligence (AI) to detect diabetic retinopathy.

He said: “Use of AI in detection of diabetic retinopathy can revolutionise the manner in which we screen patients for retinopathy. It will be cost effective, will provide high-quality care and will lead to better utilization of resources. Ophthalmologists will only need to see retinal images of patients with retinopathy that the system detects as opposed to the current system where they need to screen all patients."

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