Be Healthy! Women’s Health Day at the WTC Central Market Attract Over 300 Visitors

Aldar and HealthPlus Raise Awareness of the Most Common Women’s Health Issues in the UAE
Abu Dhabi, UAE: Aldar Properties and HealthPlus held an event at the World Trade Centre Central Market yesterday 25 May 2012 to raise awareness of the most common women’s health issues in the UAE and the importance of prevention and early diagnosis.
The afternoon’s activities included lectures by two of Abu Dhabi’s leading consultants, Dr. Denise Howard who gave a talk titled: “Most Common Problems in Women’s Health: Prevention, Diagnosis & Treatment” and Dr. Nabil Abu Tartour who spoke about “Most Common Cancers in Women: Prevention, Early Diagnosis & Treatment”.
“We are happy to see so many women attending to empower themselves, and take a more active role in their health by learning about the most common health problems that may affect them over the course of their lives. We encounter many women who only see a physician for childbirth and never take advantage of the available preventative health services,” said Dr. Denise Howard, Consultant Obstetrics & Gynecology, Urogynecology at HealthPlus.
“Many cancers, such as cervical cancer can be prevented, and others such as breast cancer, can be detected early and treated. Most health problems can also be prevented by living a healthy lifestyle, exercising regularly, having a healthy and nutritious diet and avoiding bad habits such as smoking,” Dr. Howard added.
Dr. Nabil Abu Tartour, Consultant Obstetrics & Gynecology, Minimally Invasive Surgeries commented, “Speaking about the most common cancers in Women, world-wide statistics show that in 2007 the leading cause of death from cancer was Breast Cancer, followed by Cervical Cancer, Ovary Cancer, and Uterus Cancer. With early detection, we can reduce the prevalence of those cancers. It is worth mentioning that Cervical Cancer could be reduced to 0% with education, and with taking the recommended doses of the cervical cancer vaccines and with early detection especially that this type of cancer is not hereditable.”
“Recent advances, such as minimally invasive alternatives to conventional surgery and gynecology oncology and enhancements in the treatment of women problems, coupled with experienced clinicians who listen to their concerns and fears, should give trust and encouragement to women to look for an experienced gynecologist to look after her health on a regular basis. Regular check-ups are important for both women and men,“ Dr. Abu Tartour further added.
The event was open to the public, and visitors availed of the free health tests for body mass index, blood pressure and glucose tests. Doctors and healthcare professionals at the event provided information, advice and health tips and everyone had fun participating in the group aerobics session organized by FitnessFirst.
Other members of the WTC Central Market community participated in the event with free services, giveaways and vouchers. Head and shoulder massages were offered by GS beauty salon as well as facial consultations from Kaya Skin clinic.
Ms Latifa Foz from Trendy in the City gave the ladies fashion tips and advice, Viola Flowers offered everybody free flowers and gift vouchers. So Chic and JS Couture displayed their latest dresses and abaya collections and offered discounts, Aswake Abu Dhabi were also at the event with a display of their online shopping products.
Children also enjoyed the event with activities like face painting, art and craft.
‘HealthPlus’, Abu Dhabi’s growing network of premium outpatient centers, was established by UEMedical, the Abu Dhabi based healthcare investors and developers. The healthcare network will provide state-of-the-art outpatient medical services and support the multiple missions of UEMedical, including outstanding patient care and extensive community outreach. Over 20 facilities, adopting international standards and best practices, will open over the coming years and form part of an integrated healthcare delivery system including UEMedical’s flagship project, Danat Al Emarat Women and Children’s Hospital.
The network will comprise of Centers of Excellence in a variety of specialties including Women’s Health, Fertility & Genetics, Day Surgery, Orthopedics & Rehabilitation, and Dental Health, in addition to a number of Family Clinics. The centers will be heavily involved in promoting community health awareness and education, and in supporting national programs in line with the initiatives of the Health Authority-Abu Dhabi of improving public health. HealthPlus will fill the apparent gaps in the healthcare sector, and focus will continually be placed on medical excellence, patient-centeredness and unparalleled levels of customer service.