With over 1.8 billion migraine sufferers worldwide and one in four people in UAE battling the disease, RAK Hospital through its new initiative launches the country’s first ‘Migraine Patient Panel’. Since only 40% of people get the correct diagnosis and in many cases, it may take up to 5 years from the first clinical manifestations, the core idea behind this panel is to create mass awareness about the disease, its identification, diagnosis and effective management strategies.

The first session will be held on Thursday, 22nd September at RAK Hospital premises in Ras Al Khaimah from 4 – 6 pm. However, since it’s a hybrid event, attendees also have the flexibility of joining it online. At the event, patients will share their experiences, and connect with their peers while the medical experts will guide them on the new therapies and solutions depending on their individual situations. Additionally, the experts will also address patient queries and the participants will receive free consultation vouchers from the hospital.

Talking about the idea, Dr. Raza Siddiqui, Executive Director, RAK Hospital, says, “We take our community’s health very seriously and have always believed in creating the culture of wellness. With this initiative, which is based on the 3As – Awareness, Approach and Access, we are determined to generate considerable awareness amongst the population. As such understanding the disease is crucial for early intervention and would help people recognize the condition better; identification and correct diagnosis will determine the exact treatment approach and access to the right care will be provided by making the right kind of medicines available to the patients.

Our institution has been at the forefront of introducing the latest and most advanced treatments in all areas of care including migraine. With this move too, our focus is to equip the public with the right knowledge and provide access to new therapy options alongside offering peer interaction. The hybrid event model is adopted so that the maximum number of lives can be touched.”

Talking about the disease, Dr Sweta Adatia, Medical Director and Head of Neurology at RAK Hospital said, “Migraine is identified as the second most disabling condition globally and in UAE too leading to absenteeism from work and loss of quality of life, the first being backache. We want to make a difference in the lives of these people by providing them with the right intervention at the right time so that the number of headache days are reduced significantly.


Published:  September 21, 2022 |  gulfnews.com 

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