Ministry of Health and Prevention provides free healthcare at Al Kheir Clinic

The Ministry of Health and Prevention, MOHAP, has launched the Al Kheir Clinic at the Muhaisnah Health Centre in Mirdif City Centre, in cooperation with Dar Al-Bar Society and MOHAP Strategic partners.

The clinic aims to provide all smoking cessation services to all citizens, smokers and non-smokers alike, especially those wishing to quit smoking.

Services include the dissemination of pamphlets and leaflets on the effects of smoking, further motivating smokers to quit, as well as providing them with essential medical advice.

It offers free medical tests such as blood pressure measurement, body mass and concentration of carbon monoxide and advising patients on appropriate treatments based on the latest scientific methods.

The Al Kheir Clinic's opening is in line with the objectives of the 2017 Year of Giving, launched by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

It complements the ministry's move to adopt initiatives aimed to play a vital role in the efforts to reduce and curb smoking to protect public health from the grave risks that it can cause.

These efforts play a significant part in the promotion of health and the further prevention of tobacco-induced diseases. The ministry urged everyone, smokers, in particular, to visit these free mobile clinics and take advantage of the free services offered.

Another healthcare facility has also taken on the spirit of the Year of Giving within the health sector, by volunteering at the Al Kheir Clinics.

Al-Amal Hospital for Psychiatry and Addiction treatment provides employees at its hospital's headquarters with consulting and diagnostic services, in cooperation with its partners. The hospital has also developed year-long treatment plans at many of the ministry’s hospitals.

Dr. Abdul Aziz Al Zarooni, Director of Al Amal Hospital, said that the move supports Al-Amal’s commitment towards promoting the Year of Giving, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility and charitable values.

Al Kheir services also include a range of comprehensive medical tests, examinations and psychometric evaluations to identify disorders such as anxiety, depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, behavioural problems in children and adults, and other psychological disorders that require therapy and support.

A team from the Amal Hospital for Mental Health also visited the Dubai Foundation for Women and Children's Care, to provide medical and psychological counselling to woman and children of all age groups. The Dubai Foundation for Women and Children cares for women who have been victims of domestic violence, abused children, and victims of trafficking. Victims are offered immediate protection and support services.

The hospital's efforts also included launching an awareness campaign in cooperation with Dubai Police’s Department of Community Happiness, in which 30 students from various public and private schools learn more about mental health disorders, and the dangers of addiction to psychotropic substances.

Dr. Sharifa Al Emadi, Deputy-Director Al-Amal Hospital said that organising such awareness programmes and providing free medical examinations supports the Year of Giving to consolidate the spirit of philanthropy and volunteerism within the health care sector.

These initiatives support the national policy for mental health awareness, especially among the youth, while also reducing negative stigmas around mental health issues, she concluded.

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