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Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences opens post graduate Regional Anesthesia Diploma in Dubai. 26 January 2011
Today (Wednesday), Prof. Najib Al Khaja, Secretary General of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences opened Post Graduate Regional Anesthesia Diploma at Rashid Hospital’s library building. The diploma is held through cooperation among the Award, Montpellier University, France, and Rashid Hospital’s Trauma Centre.
The opening ceremony was attended by 31 Anesthetists and Intensive Care and Emergency Doctors from UAE, Qatar, Oman and Kenya. 
The diploma’s lecturers are a group of highly qualified anesthetists from Faculty of Medicine Sharjah University, Rashid Hospital, Al Wasl Hospital, Zayed Military Hospital and Tawam Hospital. 
Also, the diploma includes practical training courses on updated techniques of regional anesthesia, including local anesthesia, acroanesthesia and Central anesthesia, and establishing units of Regional Anesthesia at hospitals. 
During his speech in the Opening Ceremony, Prof. Najeeb Al Khaja, Secretary General of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences, has welcomed the students and referred to the great efforts exerted to hold such important diploma. 
"The diploma is of a highly importance that significant anesthetists are trained on the regional anesthesia which prevents side effects that could be happened as a result of the total anesthesia", he added. 
He said that he is proud of using the modern teaching techniques in the diploma. Along with 64 lectures during the coming months, a variety of workshops and clinical training courses will be held by doctors from many hospitals in UAE and France. During the Diploma, Closed-circuit television is also used to contact with senior anesthesiologists at French universities. 
Prof. Al Khaja added that Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences supports the diploma at the beginning of the award’s 7th term 2011-2012, and it will be followed by supporting many other important events which contribute to enrich the medical field by developing doctors’ skills within UAE and abroad. 
On the other hand Dr. Philippe Macaire Consultant anesthetist at trauma Center at Rashid Hospital, Dubai, and the Administrator of the Diploma praised the cooperation among Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences, the Center of Continuing Medical Education at Dubai Health Authority and the University of Sharjah, concerning supporting such important medical events which is unique of its kind in the Middle East. 
He added that recent research papers have shown that regional anesthesia is better than total anesthesia during surgical operations, because of less pain after the operation and avoiding complications of the general anesthesia in many parts of the human body like lungs and stomach, as well as avoiding patients’ suffering from lack of concentration after operations. 
He said that being conscious during the surgery help patients to follow their operations and talk with surgeons about their cases, which really enhance patients’ psychological conditions.