Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Emphasises on Need to Keep Medical Fraternity Updated

His Highness inaugurated the two-day Burjeel Medicine Update Conference that focuses on evolving viral diseases, hypertension, inflammatory back pain, chronic kidney disease (The Silent Disease) among others

His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, today inaugurated the biggest Medicine Update Conference ever witnessed in the UAE, with the best scientific deliberations, eminent faculty and a gathering of 500 physicians, researchers, academics, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, and other health professional practitioners from the UAE and the region. Speaking at Burjeel Medicine Update Conference, His Highness said, "About 2,500 years ago Confucius wrote these words: When you know a thing, to hold that you know it; and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it—this is knowledge. You in this room know many things and in your hospitals and clinics you daily act on what you know.  But you are here because you are allowing that there are some things that you do not know.  You are exhibiting Confucian knowledge, and I commend your commitment to learn."

Hot topics on the first day that showed maximum attention were the sessions on chronic kidney diseases, hypertension and inflammatory back pain, the medical conditions that are alarmingly prevalent UAE population. On the first day of the conference, His Highness showed confidence in the desired outcome of the intentions behind the effort by Burjeel and MENA Conference. His Highness said, “We want you to rely on experience and observation.  We do not want to be the subjects of medical experiments.  We expect our healthcare professionals to perform based on the best verifiable evidence.  We expect you to be thorough-going empiricists who can clinically separate yourselves from the objects at hand and dispassionately apply the best science to those objects, namely, us your patients.  And I am happy to conclude that you medical professionals will, as a result of this Burjeel conference, be enriched with new facts that bear on us patients, the objects of your diagnosis and treatment."

His Highness laid emphasis on the need for empathy and said, "My review of the challenging agenda confirms my sense that empirical evidence will dominate these two days. The empirical temper of the healthcare industry is its necessary virtue.  Your objective convictions, not your subjective thoughts, guide your professional actions. That distinction between subject and object, the essence of your admirable reliance on empirical evidence, poses a problem when it comes to empathy.  The most up-to-date explanation of a clinical condition does not register, certainly does not console, patients in pain, patients worried most about their families and finances, patients on the way to death. Nonetheless, empathy establishes trust.  Just as healthcare professionals can learn about hypertension or atopic dermatitis or multiple sclerosis or inflammatory bowel disease or chronic respiratory diseases, so they can learn to be empathetic."

Talking about Hypertension, a medical condition that affects above 40 per cent people in UAE, and how medical practitioners should handle the medical condition, Dr. Yassin El Shahat, MD, Nephrology Consultant, Nephrology & Hypertension and Chief Medical Officer, Burjeel Hospital, Abu Dhabi said, "Hypertension guidelines aim to present all the relevant evidence on a particular clinical issue in order to help physicians to weigh the benefits and risks of a particular diagnostic or therapeutic procedure. They should be helpful in everyday clinical medical decision-making. The guidelines represent knowledge translation that targets various healthcare professionals in clinical and community settings, provides updated standardized recommendations and clinical practice guidelines to detect, treat and control hypertension. Recently published guidelines on BP refocus on the evidence and patient-centered treatment targets –Less aggressive BP targets for older patients– More attention to drug choice in certain populations (Diabetic and CKD patients)."

Also showing concern on Kidney disease known as ‘the silent disease’ because there are often few obvious symptoms that accompany it, Dr El Shahat said, "Exact data on this disease in the UAE are not recorded but it is closely associated with diabetes and high blood pressure as both disorders put strain on blood vessels and thus affect the kidneys.  Around 30 per cent of adult males and 21 per cent of adult females in the UAE had hypertension (high blood pressure), with around 16 per cent of males and 15 per cent having raised fasting blood sugar levels. Once chronic kidney disease is diagnosed, treatment revolves around dialysis. The only long term solution to kidney disease is a kidney transplant. However, the procedure is not as simple as just finding a compatible transplant donor. It is necessary to minimize the risk of rejection. There has been great progress in providing drugs that significantly reduce the risk of rejection.”

The two-day event is providing participants with the recent updates and latest developments through a broad array of clinical and practice management topics. Second day of the event will have a session on evolving viral diseases.