DUBAI, 5th April, 2018 (WAM) — The “Help Me Hear Initiative” of the Ministry of Health and Prevention conducted eight successful cochlear implant operations in 2017, said Dr. Hussein Abdel Rahman Al Rand, Assistant Under-Secretary for Health Clinics and Centres, during the opening session of the 1st International Arabic Cochlear Implant Conference, ACIC, in Dubai today.
He also highlighted the initiative’s ongoing efforts to target deaf children, as part of the Ministry’s programmes for the Year of Zayed 2018. On 30th July, 2017, the Ministry performed its first successful cochlear implant surgery.
“After eight successful surgeries in 2017 under this initiative, we will continue to provide free cochlear implants that cost between AED150,000 and AED200,000. The Ministry has been able to help hearing-impaired children from low-income families who cannot afford the treatment, by providing it for free. The hearing-impaired children, who are UAE nationals, can access free implants and treatments throughout the year,” he added.
“We are considering expanding the scope of the initiative to poor countries during its second phase, in partnership with the Emirates Red Crescent,” he further added.
The ACIC, which is being held between 5th and 7th April, 2018, in Dubai, will explore the latest trends in cochlear implants and other hearing solutions.
Its main objective is to promote and support excellence in research, education and clinical practice in this key area, for the benefit of the people.
The conference is jointly organised by the Gulf Cooperation Council, GCC, ORL Societies, the Advanced Arab Academy of Audiology, 4A, and the Arab Academy of Otology and Cochlear Implant, AAOCI, under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance and President of the Dubai Health Authority, DHA.
The theme of the 2018 conference, “Together, Hearing is Better,” stresses that the profession aims to confirm that hearing is an essential component of human health, which also has a significant impact on the physical, emotional, social and economic state of all Arabic countries.
The three-day medical event features 200 lectures, 26 educational sessions, six workshops and three major lectures.
The meeting will gather over 1,500 professionals and members of various societies with an interest in practical exchange, symposiums and social development, through the international study of academic ideas, systems and practices.