• Ministry signs MoU with Merck Serono Middle East to enhance public awareness on diabetes
• Al Rand: The launch of the app comes in line with the ministry's strategy to counter diabetes
Dubai, January 22, 2020: The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has launched a mobile application for diabetes to enhance public awareness on ways of preventing diabetes among the community members and highlight methods of reducing complications caused by diabetes.
The Sugar App was launched following a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that was inked today (Wednesday) with Merck Serono Middle East FZ-Ltd.
The MoU was signed at the Ministry's headquarters by HE Dr Hussein Abdel-Rahman Al-Rand, Assistant Undersecretary of Health Centers and Clinics Sector, and Paolo Carli, Head of Middle East, Africa, Turkey, Russia & CIS at Healthcare Business of Merck.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Al-Rand said: “Signing the MoU with Merck Serono Middle East comes in with the ministry's efforts being made to bolster its strategic partnerships with international medical companies specialized in noncommunicable diseases such as diabetes. The ministry spares no efforts to effectively promote preventive and curative interventions, encourage community members to adopt a healthy lifestyle, and highlight the importance of early detection of diseases. We are doing our best to offers people with diabetes a conducive environment that help them efficiently deal with their condition in line with our strategy aiming to combat noncommunicable diseases”.
Al Rand added that the ministry is very keen to launch awareness-raising and education campaigns on diabetes to reach out to the largest segment of society and combat noncommunicable diseases, particularly diabetes. The launch of the app will further support the ministry's efforts being made to tackle diabetes and provide comprehensive and integrated healthcare services using innovative and sustainable ways.
For his part, Paolo Carli expressed his happiness at cooperating with the Ministry of Health to enhance public awareness on diabetes and help patients control this chronic disease while enjoying the life through smart and digital solutions.
“The app offers a plenty of services that would help patients and doctors quickly and effectively monitor the development of the case. It also provides users with simplified medical information and advice about the nature of diabetes and pre-diabetes and how to better live with this disease by following an active lifestyle that includes exercise and following a diet by calculating Calories patients eat every day.