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Supported by the Hamdan Medical Award: Resuming the activities of the training program on strengthening the radiation safety principles in clinical practices 21 September 2014

Supported by the Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences (HMA), the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) opened the second workshop which comes within the framework of the scientific program organized by DHA, the World Health Organization and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on strengthening the radiation protection principles in medical practices.

The 3-days workshop is organized by the Dubai Health Authority in collaboration with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), at the Dubai Police Club, on the Justification of Diagnostic Imaging and Use of Referral Guidelines.

The opening ceremony was attended by Dr. Dennis Remedios, the representative of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Mr. Abdullah Bin Souqat, Executive Director of Hamdan Medical Award. Prof. Najib Al Khaja, Secretary General of the HMA, delivered a speech in which he said: “Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences is so proud to support such an important training program. It comes within the Award’s commitments towards supporting the ways of developing the healthcare sector locally, regionally and globally, especially the human factor which is the cornerstone for achieving the desired upswing”.

“Regionally, the UAE is a leading country in using the nuclear energy in the diagnostic and therapeutic medical purposes in accordance with the best international practices”, he said.

“UAE is not only keen on upgrading the infrastructure of the healthcare sector up to the state-of-the-art technology, but also works on the optimal use of it to protect patients, staff and the general public from the potential risks of the exposure to the harmful ionizing Radiation”, Prof. Al Khaja said.

“This training course aims to strengthen the awareness of the healthcare professionals on the justification of medical imaging and use of referral guidelines”, he added.

For its part, Dr. Jamila Al Suwaidi, Chairperson of the Radiation Committee at the DHA, said: “This workshop is the second activity within the program organized by the Dubai Health Authority in cooperation with the World Health Organization and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)”.

“The first workshop was organized by the Dubai Health Authority in cooperation with the World Health Organization in Dubai Healthcare City on the 10th of September on Justification of Medical Imaging and Use of Referral Guidelines”, Dr. Jamila said.

“During the next few month this ambitious scientific program will be continued and the third workshop will be held from 26 until October 30 in cooperation wtih the DHA, the Sheikh Khalifa Medical City and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) entitled " Patient Referral Guidelines for clinicians referring cases to radiology and nuclear medicine practices”, she said.

“As for the fourth workshop, it will be organized by the Dubai Health Authority in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) from 7 until 11 December at the Tawam Hospital, Al Ain, on IAEA National Training course on Patient Radiation Safety and dosimetry in Interventional Radiology and Mammography”, she added.