Sharjah Health Promotion Department announces initiatives for Year of Zayed

SHARJAH, 4th February, 2018 (WAM) — The Department of Health Promotion at the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in Sharjah has announced the initiatives for the year, in accordance with the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to mark 2018 as the “Year of Zayed.”

The announcement came at a press conference at the headquarters of the Consultative Council of Sharjah on Sunday. It was attended by Khawla Al Mulla, Chairperson of the Sharjah Consultative Council, SCC; Iman Rashid Saif, Director of the Health Promotion Department; Mohammed Abdul Rahman Al Jarwan, Assistant Director of Sharjah Medical District; Mohammed Al Mashghouni, Head of Government Communications and Media at Sharjah Medical District; and heads and board members of related health promotion associations.

Following a short film about the Department of Health Promotion and the related health promotion associations, Iman Rashid Saif delivered a speech in which she stated that the department will seek to emphasise the original values of the UAE’s founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

Saif said that due to the continuous support of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and H.H Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affair, the department has become a leader in providing public health.

Iman Turki, Head of Programmes at the Department of Health Promotion, reviewed the main activities that will be organised by the department, including “Sahbati”, aimed at spreading peer education and health awareness.

Khawla Al Haj, Head of the Friends for Diabetes Association, addressed the association’s main agenda, which focuses on three major initiatives. Under “The Blue Circle”, free consultations will be organised. “Prevention and Coexistence” will provide health care for diabetes patients and “Superhero – Saeed” will educate young students in Sharjah about diabetes.

Mona Al-Hawai, a Member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of Kidney Patients Association, explained the association’s most important initiative, which is the launch of a competition on social networking sites, on the occasion of International Day of Kidneys.

Waheeda Abdul Aziz, Head of the Friends of Arthritis Patients Association, discussed its 6th marathon, which will be organised under the slogan, “Life is Movement.”

Khawla Rashid, Managing Director of Friends of Cancer Patients Association, presented the main activities, which include the “Sharjah Portage” for children with cancer in developing countries. The “Fun Vehicle” and the “Global Colour” initiatives aim to enhance the confidence of women with cancer.

Dr. Ruqaya Fikri, Vice President of Breastfeeding Friends Association, said her association, will organise home visits to breastfeeding mothers, to provide guidance along with various events to create awareness of the importance of breastfeeding.


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