Ministry of Health announces 38,000 additional COVID-19 tests as part of intensified screening, 873 new cases, 1,214 recoveries and three deaths

ABU DHABI, In line with the Ministry of Health and Prevention’s plans to increase the number of COVID-19 tests throughout the country for the early detection of infections, particularly among those who had contact with already infected cases, the Ministry has conducted 38,000 additional tests.

Testing resulted in the detection of 873 new cases among various nationalities, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 25,063.

The new cases are in a stable condition and undergoing the necessary medical treatment.

The Ministry also announced the death of three patients from various nationalities due to complications arising from COVID-19. The total number of deaths from COVID-19 in the country now stands at 227.

The Ministry offered its sincere condolences to the families of the deceased and wished a speedy recovery to patients currently undergoing medical care.

The Ministry also announced that 1,214 people infected with the virus have fully recovered after receiving the necessary medical care, bringing the total number of recoveries to 10,791.

The Ministry called upon the public to adhere to health guidelines and instructions from the relevant authorities, particularly concerning social distancing, for the sake of the health and safety of all.


Source: Emirates News Agency

Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood organises ‘Hemmah coffee’ about children with Down syndrome

ABU DHABI, The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, through the Association of Mothers of People of Determination, Hemmah, organised an initiative presented by the Albayt Mitwahid Association, “Hemmah coffee” about children suffering from Down syndrome, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and Prevention and the Zayed Higher Organisation for People of Determination, ZHO.

The event saw the participation of doctors and specialists, as well as a number of mothers of children suffering from the syndrome and interested members of the public.

The event, which was organised remotely through visual communication techniques, is part of the framework of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood and the society’s commitment to adhere to the precautionary measures taken by the state to combat the spread of the new coronavirus.

“Hemmah Coffee” presented by the media interviewer, Hassan Al Marzouqi from Al-Forsan Group, discussed the concept of Down syndrome, its causes, appropriate ways to deal with children born with it, the foundations of medical and psychological support, and the rules of primary care that contribute to mitigating its effects.

Participants expressed their appreciation and gratitude to H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, GWU, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, FDF, for the attention she gives to all segments of society.

Speaking during the meeting, a Down syndrome rehabilitation specialist at the ZHO, Ahmed Abd Rabbo Al Zoghbi, explained that having a baby late can be a risk factor. He said the rate of the foetus being infected increases after a woman reaches 35 years of age.

Pointing out that the birth of a child with Down syndrome is not the end, he said there are psychological rehabilitation procedures and programmes to help parents and families to accept the child and enable him/her to live a life that is close to normal. He added that not all children with Down syndrome suffer from a severe intellectual disability, and many of them are able to interact, learn and acquire skills and knowledge, which is proven by many of the outstanding success cases recorded in the UAE.

Dr. Anoud Al-Kindy, Paediatrician at the Ministry of Health and Prevention, talked about the importance of early detection of Down Syndrome cases in helping mothers in particular and families, in general, to deal with their children in terms of their health, physical and psychological care and follow-up and take all the necessary measures to integrate them into society. Al-Kindy explained that the early periodic examination of a pregnant mother can provide clear indications about whether the foetus has the characteristics of Down syndrome, which helps qualify her to deal with the situation.

Dr. Al-Kindy said that the emergence of symptoms of Down syndrome means that there are cells and organs in the child’s body that grow and develop abnormally, causing an imbalance in many of the vital functions. Noting that 50 percent of children with Down syndrome suffer from heart and respiratory problems, Dr. Al-Kindy said neglecting or failing to follow up may exacerbate their health problems.

Dr. Al-Kindy affirmed the importance of following-up on people with Down syndrome, especially in light of the coronavirus crisis, because their immune system is weak, making them more susceptible. Dr. Al-Kindy stressed the need to immunise children and protect them from exposure to diseases and epidemics and called on parents not to take them to health centres and hospitals except in the case of emergencies.

Amira Al Qubati, Vice President of Hemmah, and Saada Al Junaibi, Secretary of the Association, reviewed their experiences in caring for children with Down syndrome.

All the participants unanimously agreed on the importance of providing the appropriate atmosphere that allows children with Down syndrome to thrive, in addition to enhancing their self-confidence and helping them earnestly pursue their goals and aspirations.


Source: Emirates News Agency

DME Oman crude up over 100% since production cuts implemented

DUBAI, Oman crude oil Benchmark trading on the Dubai Mercantile Exchange, DME, has doubled in price since the record cuts agreed by the OPEC+ group and other major producers were implemented in time for May loading schedules.

DME said in a statement that front-month July DME Oman Marker Price on Friday was US$34.95/b, up $18.13/b from the record low of $16.82/b on 28th April – an increase of 108 percent.

The Marker Price is used by Middle East producers, which include Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and Dubai in calculating the Official Selling Price.

Middle East prices have also risen faster than those in Europe, with DME Oman trading at nearly $3/b over the Brent North Sea benchmark on Friday, the statement added.


Source: Emirates News Agency

Dubai Economy sees 34% drop in IP complaints in Q1 2020

DUBAI, Dubai Economy’s Commercial Compliance and Consumer Protection, CCCP, division announced a decrease in the number of infringement complaints on rights to intellectual property, IP, it has received in the first quarter of 2020, compared with last year.

In a statement, Dubai Economy said only 95 IP rights complaints were registered in that period, a 34 percent decrease from Q1 2019. It added that a total of 5,300 trademark files have been registered during the first three months of 2020, a 14 percent increase compared to Q1 2019. The number of registered commercial agency files rose 121 percent from Q1 2019 to reach 53 in Q1 2020.

“Notably, two infringement complaints only were registered against commercial agencies in Q1 2020, a marked decrease of 71 percent over Q1 2019,” it noted.

US trademarks still constitute the largest share of files (1,610) registered in the ‘IP Gateway’ of Dubai Economy since its inception, followed by Emirati (790), German (375), French (329), and British (298) files.

Swiss trademarks made up the highest number of new registered trademarks in the IP Gateway in Q1 2020 with a 50 percent increase compared to Q1 2019, followed by the British Virgin Islands (32 percent), Emirati (22 percent), French (20 percent), and German (17 percent).

The government body added that the largest share (29 percent) of infringement complaints on IP rights was for Swiss trademarks in Q1 2020, followed by US (18 percent), German and French (14 percent each), and Emirati (8 percent). CCCP also registered new trademark-related complaints from Arab countries such as Lebanon, Jordan and Syria, while there were no IP infringement complaints on Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Spanish trademarks.

Clothes were the leading category (18 percent) of goods involved in the complaints, followed by non-metallic jewellery (14 percent), watches (13 percent), glasses (11 percent), and bags and leather products (8 percent).

Mohammed Ali Rashed Lootah, CEO of CCCP, said, “The results achieved during Q1 2020 reiterate the vital role played by Dubai Economy in protecting investor rights, thus enhancing business confidence and the economic environment in the emirate. The increase in commercial agency files registered with Dubai Economy reaffirm that Dubai is an attractive destination for the best trademarks around the world. It also reflects the growing global role of the retail sector in the emirate in enhancing competitiveness among trademarks and commercial agencies.”

Dubai Economy said that it encourages owners of trademarks, IP, and commercial agencies registered in the country to register their files on the IP Gateway and ensure protection of their rights, especially as IP is one of the prime requisites for building an innovation-driven and knowledge-based economy.

All IP transactions are completed through the IP Gateway without the need to visit Dubai Economy in person, and services are available in five languages: Arabic, English, Japanese, French, and Italian.


Source: Emirates News Agency

Khalifa University responding to COVID-19 with 14 funded research projects

ABU DHABI, Khalifa University of Science and Technology has established a COVID-19 Research and Development, R&D, Task Force as part of its strategic approach to help tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under the COVID-19 R&D programme, Khalifa University has launched a total of 14 research projects; five projects focused on epidemiology, six projects focused on diagnostics and medical devices, and three projects focused on digital tools for understanding, mitigating and providing resiliency against disease spread.

Of the 14 projects launched, six have been developed as focused programmes, each led by two faculty experts, while eight projects have been awarded as part of an open call for proposals across Khalifa University. These research projects were selected based on their technical merit, innovation, ability to deliver results within six months and alignment with the COVID-19 science and technology needs.

The Task Force is mandated to oversee several initiatives including coordination of the university’s cross-sector stakeholder R&D engagements and development of an R&D programme that leverages the university’s established research strengths for addressing the UAE’s priority R&D areas for COVID-19. These include epidemiology, diagnostics and medical devices, digital tools for modeling and predicting disease spread and digital tools for mitigation and resiliency measures.

Dr. Steve Griffiths, Senior Vice-President, Research and Development, Khalifa University, said, “From the start, Khalifa University’s response has been focused and coordinated to ensure that its resources are used efficiently to contribute science and engineering-based solutions to efforts aimed at quickly bringing the outbreak under control.”

He added, “The university’s measures will place its strongest research assets and ideas at the front lines in the global fight against coronavirus. Through mobilising its R&D resources in response to COVID-19, Khalifa University is setting the perfect role for academic institutions in the region.”

Over the past few years, Khalifa University has established research capabilities in healthcare by launching two of the region’s leading healthcare research centres – the Healthcare Engineering Innovation Centre, HEIC, and the Biotechnology Centre, BTC, – in addition to establishing a College of Medicine and Health Science, CMHS.

The two research centres along with CMHS bring in-depth scientific expertise in a range of medical disciplines. They specifically provide expertise in biomedical technologies, genomics, bioinformatics and functional biology. Each centre possesses state-of-the-art research facilities that are being used to advance the development of solutions for COVID-19.

The 14 new projects are in response to a call for industry, government and academic sectors to mobilise efforts to mitigate and manage the spread of the novel coronavirus and to create new technologies and solutions that will bolster the world’s ability to deal with future pandemics.


Source: Emirates News Agency

Ministry of Community Development organises remote Holy Quran memorizing for people of determination

DUBAI, The Ministry of Community Development organised a series of Ramadan events for the people of determination including a Holy Quran Remote Memorizing Programme through “Microsoft Teams”. The programme targets enrolled students in people of determination government centres and is implemented in coordination with the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments.

On this occasion, Wafa Hamad Bin Sulaiman, Director of Welfare & Rehabilitation Department for People of Determination, said, “The Holy Quran Remote Memorizing Programme for students of determination is a rehabilitation social initiative coinciding with the holy month of Ramadan, and comes as part of the ministry’s continuous efforts to promote remote education during the current circumstances.”

Mona Al Ghassani, Director of Religious Centers and Institutes Department at the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments, lauded the initiatives of the Ministry of Community Development to include the people of determination in the smart platform to learn the Holy Quran remotely and inform them of the greatness of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

The awareness activities of the Ministry of Community Development during the Holy Month, focus on sustainable interaction with all the members of the community, especially those who continue their education and innovative rehabilitation remotely through smart programmes and applications, multiple e-channels, provide proactive services at various times, in order to achieve the goals of the Ministry “A stable family. A cohesive society.”


Source: Emirates News Agency