Amana Healthcare News

Gulf News reporter Noor Nazzal came to visit Amana Healthcare, Abu Dhabi in search of an inspiring story of resilience and hope. The following is what she wrote as an account of her visit:

With their voice barely audibly over their loud life-support machines, three Emirati women prove they can make the most of their lives, regardless of how extreme their condition or short their life expectancy.

The General Secretariat of The Executive Council of Dubai, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Chairman of the Higher Committee for Protection of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, organized the first edition of the “Dubai Inclusive Development Forum”. The event aimed at raising awareness and promoting the integration of people with disabilities in society. 

Technology triggered by eye movements is helping re-establish an Emirati man’s family bonds after he was cut off from the world because of locked-in syndrome. Trapped after a bleed in the brain four years ago, former Dubai engineer Badr Salim Abdalla Al Ali has a neurological disorder which paralyses voluntary muscles except for the eyes. It has isolated him from his family.

Amana Healthcare joined with the Dubai Health Authority to mark Alzheimer’s Awareness Day by hosting an educational conference and support group for those living with Alzheimer’s disease and their respective family members in Dubai, UAE. The educational seminar was led by Dr. Salwa Abdulla Al Suwaidi, Director and Specialist Senior Registrar in Geriatrics at DHA, and Dr. Khalid Anwar, Consultant in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Amana Healthcare.

Amana Healthcare has launched out-patient services within its Medical & Rehabilitation hospitals in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. “The objective of our outpatient service is to treat and assist patients in regaining their sense of independence with an expert rehabilitation team serving as a support system,” said Magi Livadaris, VP for Clinical Operations at Amana Healthcare.

The Amana Healthcare and Rehabilitation Hospital, in the desert town of Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, has 65 resi­dents ranging in age from five months to 101 years, is unique venture uses design and landscape ar­chitecture to bring the best possible quality of life to children born with serious physical dis­abilities and adult trauma victims. They are cared for round-the-clock by 212 staff, including physio and occupational therapists, doctors, nurses and sup­port staff.

The Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Petroleum Operation Ltd. (ADCO) was the main organizer of a Road Safety training event focused on the prevention of road traffic accidents for drivers and other employees who use company vehicles to drive between work sites. Amana Healthcare Medical and Rehabilitation Hospital, one of the supporters of the event, was on-site to facilitate the training for the employees.

Destination Medicine, a health sciences career fair, was held on Sunday for Emirati students by Al Jalila Foundation, a global philanthropic charity dedicated to transforming lives through medical education and research, by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ruler of Dubai and supported by Amana Healthcare, the GCC’s leading provider of advanced long-term care and post-acute inpatient rehabilitation.

Amana Healthcare, the first provider of specialized inpatient rehabilitation services in the UAE, was the lead sponsor of the Neurorehabilitation Abu Dhabi 2015 conference and featured heavily in its scientific program. Leading the rehabilitation industry in UAE, Amana Healthcare actively participated in the conference from March 5-7 to discuss current practices and regional needs in neurorehabilitation.