Gulf common policy for buying food & medicine mooted

Qatar Chamber chairman Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim al-Thani and Qatar Chamber second vice chairman Rashid bin Hamad al-Athba during the meeting.

Qatar Chamber chairman Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim al-Thani and Qatar Chamber second vice chairman Rashid bin Hamad al-Athba during the meeting.

Qatar Chamber (QC) Chairman HE Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim al-Thani has called for establishing a unified policy for purchase of strategic goods like food and medicine and providing attractive incentives for Gulf investors.
This came during his participation in the consultative meeting of GCC ministers of commerce and heads of unions and chambers of commerce and industry, which was held in Muscat, Oman.
The QC delegation, headed by HE Sheikh Khalifa, included second vice-chairman Rashid bin Hamad al-Athba and board member Mohamed bin Mahdi al-Ahbabi.
During the meeting, HE Sheikh Khalifa pointed that the Gulf states have been facing a number of global challenges like the Covid-19, the Ukraine-Russia war and the containers crisis that resulted in the hike in prices of grains, fertilisers and medicine, as well as the disruption in supply chains and its impact on GCC food security.
He also stressed the importance of forming a permanent emergency crisis committee and preparing a strategy for finding alternatives for import, underlining the importance of establishing a unified policy for purchasing strategic goods like food and medicine.
HE the QC chairman called on the food security committee, which was established by the agricultural co-operation committee at the GCC General Secretariat in 2022, to work on finding practical solutions for these challenges.

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WCM-Q supports high school students pursuing a career in medicine

Doha – Forty-four high school students from 18 schools successfully completed the yearlong Qatar Aspiring Doctors Program (QADP), which was organized by the Office of Student Outreach & Educational Development at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q).

The academic program is aimed at high school students from grades 10, 11, and 12, who are interested in pursuing a career in medicine and have demonstrated excellence, particularly in the sciences and mathematics, with priority given to national students. To participate in the program, students must be nominated by their high school counselor.

To ensure that students are well-prepared for the pre-medical curriculum, the QADP offers advanced tuition in the physical sciences, biology, research skills, and English for academic purposes. The course instruction follows a hybrid model, with monthly face-to-face sessions and hands-on activities blended with online self-paced modules.

Dr. James Roach, associate dean for pre-medical education and professor of chemistry, who delivers the physical sciences modules of the QADP, said: “This year’s participating students have once again demonstrated their full commitment and interest in exploring a career in science. The program plays a key role in attracting academically talented students to WCM-Q, with many going on to join our program. I would like to offer my warmest congratulations to all the students who worked so hard to complete this highly challenging yet rewarding program.”

Noha Saleh, director of premedical administration, student outreach and educational development, said: “The Qatar Aspiring Doctors Program continues to academically prepare and support high-caliber Qatari students who dream of becoming the scientists of the future. Throughout the program, the students demonstrated such a remarkable level of enthusiasm and determination, and they should all be extremely proud of themselves. We are confident that many of the students will go on to consider WCM-Q as their gateway to a future

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Belt and Road project staff in Malta receive on-site traditional Chinese medicine treatments

Chinese Ambassador to Malta Yu Dunhai (R) and Clarence Pace, director general of the Department for Health Services within the Ministry for Health of Malta, and chairman of the board of the Mediterranean Regional Center for Traditional Chinese Medicine (MRCTCM), inaugurate an insomnia specialist clinic in Paola, Malta, on April 21, 2023. (Xinhua/Chen Wenxian)

This year commemorates the 60th anniversary of China sending its first medical aid team abroad, as well as the 30th anniversary of China dispatching its first medical team to Malta. Since 1994, when the MRCTCM was established by the Chinese and Maltese governments, 18 Chinese medical teams composed of over 100 physicians have offered TCM treatment to around 250,000 Maltese patients.

VALLETTA, May 14 (Xinhua) — “It is amazing,” said 34-year-old Mario Borg after receiving a neck massage from a doctor of the 18th Chinese medical team for Malta.

The Chinese medical team from the Mediterranean Regional Centre for Traditional Chinese Medicine (MRCTCM) Friday provided free on-site consultations and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) treatments such as acupuncture, cupping and massage at the Delimara 3 (D3) power station.

Situated in Marsaxlokk, southeastern Malta, the D3 power station controlled and operated by China’s Shanghai Electric Power (Malta) Holding Co., Ltd. (SEP), is a clean energy project under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

Prior to the on-site TCM treatments, Xing Xuemei, a member of the Chinese medical team, delivered a brief lecture on the rehabilitation of neck and back pain. Two employees actively participated and demonstrated training exercises under Xing’s guidance.

Daniel Bugeja, a patient receiving Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treatment, is treated with acupuncture in Paola, Malta, April 28, 2022. (Xinhua/Chen Wenxian)

Following the lecture, the Chinese medical team distributed popular items among the Maltese people, including plasters, cooling oil, and sachets.

Borg, an employee who

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Adolescent medicine doctors out at Dell Children’s amid Paxton probe of gender-affirming care

All doctors staffing Dell Children’s adolescent medicine clinic are departing after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced an investigation into whether gender-affirming care procedures were “unlawfully performed on minor children” at the hospital.

Dell Children’s Medical Center said in an emailed statement that the clinic would remain open with different physicians staffing the practice. It did not specify the reason for the shake-up, and it was unclear whether the doctors were fired or left voluntarily.

“We are working with our staff, families, and other providers to ensure our patients’ safety and make sure we are helping families connect with the appropriate healthcare services,” Dell Children’s representatives said. “While the physicians who previously staffed the clinic will be departing, the clinic remains open and supported by other physicians within Dell Children’s Medical Group.”

In an initial statement responding to Paxton’s announcement, Dell Children’s said that it prohibited both surgery and hormone therapy when treating minor patients with gender dysphoria.

“To the extent that care provided at our clinic may have been inconsistent with our organization’s position on this important issue, we intend to take appropriate action,” the hospital said.

The shakeup comes as the Texas House of Representatives considers Senate Bill 14, a bill that would outlaw gender-affirming care for minors, such as surgery and hormone blockers.

In February last year, Paxton released a legal opinion classifying certain gender-affirming care procedures as child abuse under Texas law and ordering the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to investigate parents who seek gender-affirming care for their children. Multiple investigations of this nature remain tied up in court.

In the week following Paxton’s announcement, Dell Children’s patients and their families began hearing that appointments with the hospital’s adolescent medicine specialists had been canceled and that their providers no longer worked at

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Education Ministry To Reduce Admissions To Medicine, Dentistry Degree Programmes

(MENAFN- Jordan Times) AMMAN – The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research is gradually reducing the number of admissions to medicine and dentistry programmes in the coming years, Muhannad Al Khatib, director of the Unified Admission Coordination Unit and the official spokesperson for the ministry, told The Jordan Times on Sunday.

“This decision is based on the directives of the Higher Education Council, which aims to ensure that the absorptive capacity of each specialty is not exceeded,” Khatib added.

The number of admissions to medical specialties will be controlled, and the Higher Education Accreditation Commission will not permit the decided-upon numbers to be exceeded, Khatib said.

“Currently, there are approximately 22,000 medical students and 5,000 dental students studying in universities across the Kingdom,” he added.

The gradual reduction of admissions will help maintain high standards in medical and dental education, ensuring that each student receives the necessary attention and resources they need to succeed, Khatib said.

This decision has elicited mixed reactions from professors and students on social media. While some professors have welcomed the move, stating that it will help improve the quality of education and training provided to medical and dental students, some students are concerned about the potential impact on their future careers.

“While the decision to reduce admissions to medical and dental degree programmes in Jordan has the potential to improve the quality of education and training provided to students, it is important to carefully consider the potential negative impacts on students and the healthcare system,” Abdel Rahman Shaher, former health director at the Ministry of Health, told The Jordan Times.

It is essential for the government and universities to work together to address any potential challenges and ensure that the country has enough skilled medical and dental professionals to meet the needs

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Look Back … to the duties of medicine, 1948 | Features

May 14, 1948, in The Star: Declaring that the welfare of the individual is inseparable from the welfare of the entire state, Dr. George A. O’Connell, public health officer of Calhoun County, told a Lions Club audience that unless educated people meet the challenge of public health concerning all peoples, “We are headed straight for disaster.” Commenting on the unwillingness of some doctors to attend impoverished people who can’t pay large medical fees, Dr. O’Connell said that by such practices they are doing more to bring about socialized medicine — fought bitterly by the medical profession — than by anything else. Also this date: Graduation exercises for Mechanicsville Junior High School will be held on May 20, with diplomas to be awarded to 34 class members. Salutatorian will be Esther Phillips and giving the Valedictory address will be David Bowen.

May 14, 1998, in The Star: The topic of George Smith’s column today is the dangerous challenge faced by the average Anniston motorist who tries to make a left turn from 10th Street eastbound onto Quintard to go north. There’s no special light, no special lines to guide traffic through one of the most important downtown intersections. Smith looks to the future for resolution to this problem: “Twenty, maybe 25 years from now, another mayor and another city council will return unto the local scene one-way traffic in the downtown area (if there is still a downtown, of course). That is my prediction. I stand by it.” Also this date: Five distant descendants of Anniston co-founder Samuel Noble — three great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren — are visiting the city this week to conduct research and learn more about the town their ancestor founded.

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Belt and Road project staff in Malta receive on-site traditional Chinese medicine treatments-Xinhua

Dong Xiaoyan, head of the 18th Chinese Medical Team for Malta, provides acupuncture treatment for a man in Marsaxlokk, southeastern Malta on May 12, 2023. The Chinese medical team from the Mediterranean Regional Centre for Traditional Chinese Medicine (MRCTCM) Friday provided free on-site consultations and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) treatments such as acupuncture, cupping and massage at the Delimara 3 (D3) power station. (Xinhua/Chen Wenxian)

VALLETTA, May 14 (Xinhua) — “It is amazing,” said 34-year-old Mario Borg after receiving a neck massage from a doctor of the 18th Chinese medical team for Malta.

The Chinese medical team from the Mediterranean Regional Centre for Traditional Chinese Medicine (MRCTCM) Friday provided free on-site consultations and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) treatments such as acupuncture, cupping and massage at the Delimara 3 (D3) power station.

Situated in Marsaxlokk, southeastern Malta, the D3 power station controlled and operated by China’s Shanghai Electric Power (Malta) Holding Co., Ltd. (SEP), is a clean energy project under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

Prior to the on-site TCM treatments, Xing Xuemei, a member of the Chinese medical team, delivered a brief lecture on the rehabilitation of neck and back pain. Two employees actively participated and demonstrated training exercises under Xing’s guidance.

Following the lecture, the Chinese medical team distributed popular items among the Maltese people, including plasters, cooling oil, and sachets.

Borg, an employee who has been working at the D3 power station for four years, had heard about TCM but never experienced it until now. After his first TCM treatment, Borg shared with Xinhua that he already felt some improvements, although the doctor mentioned that his neck pain would significantly improve after a couple of days.

He also expressed his enjoyment of working with his Chinese colleagues, learning about Chinese New Year, Chinese cuisine, and even picking

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Medicine repacker wins unfair dismissal claim after being made redundant with no consultation



Makbool Javaid, Partner – Simons Muirhead Burton






In Mrs R Khamar v PIE Pharma Limited the respondent is a small family run business that engages in the parallel importation of  medicines from Europe. This includes repackaging of medicines. The claimant started working for the respondent on 5 June 2000.

In October 2021, the respondent decided to make redundancies which affected 15 repacking employees. The respondent’s business was adversely impacted by Brexit and declining supply changes. Several changes were implemented in the business to reduce costs prior to the redundancy exercise.

All repacking staff were assessed on the following criteria: attendance and uninformed absences; performance including understanding, aptitude and efficiency; and experience/ability on the job. This scoring exercise was completed by management in December 2021. Nine employees, including the claimant, were identified.

None of the employees at risk of redundancy were consulted about the selection criteria used. Mrs Khamar was sent a letter confirming that she would be made redundant. This letter was a fait accompli because it clearly served notice of termination of employment. It was not a letter that simply warned the claimant that she was at risk of redundancy, triggering a consultation process which could yield a different outcome thereby saving the claimant’s job.

Khamar told the tribunal she was “deeply shocked and distressed” by her dismissal and that the decision was made “before she met with management”, which the tribunal said it had “no reason to doubt”.

Khamar was awarded £2,616.71, but as she received jobseekers’ allowance the award was ‘subject to recoupment’ and she was only paid £500 for unfair dismissal.

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New COPD medicine launched in China

Chiesi Pharmaceuticals launched Trimbow, a medicine used to treating moderate to severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma in adults, in China on May 13.

The new medication by the Italy-based multinational pharmaceutical company is poised to make a significant contribution to the management of COPD in China, where up to 13.7 percent of people over the age of 40 are affected and less than 10 percent of the general public is aware of the disease, according to the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Group of the Respiratory Branch of Chinese Medical Association.

COPD, a preventable and treatable respiratory disease, is now the third leading cause of death worldwide. It is referred to as the “silent killer” because most patients are diagnosed after irreversible lung damage is done. Furthermore, acute exacerbations of COPD can lead to severe clinical harm and an increased risk of accelerated disease progression and early death. Small airway disease, present in over 90 percent of COPD patients, is closely related to acute exacerbations.

“The chronic airflow limitation that is characteristic of COPD is caused by a mixture of SAD and parenchymal destruction, the relative contributions of which vary from person to person,” said Professor Alberto Papi, chair of Respiratory Medicine in University of Ferrara in Italy. “COPD exacerbations lead to decline in lung function, increase cost, worsen health status, increase risk of hospitalization and finally increase risk of mortality.”

Trimbow, the world”s first extra-fine fixed dose which contains beclometasone, formoterol and glycopyrronium bromide in a single inhaler, promises to improve small airway function and reduce the incidence of moderate to severe acute exacerbations in COPD patients by up to 50 percent, according to a Phase III clinical trial published in Respiratory Research in 2021.

Approved by China’s National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) in April

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ESMC Features the Latest Sports Medicine Technology

(MENAFN- Dubaisc) Dubai, UAE – 13 May 2023: Under the patronage of His Highness Sheik Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, The Emirates Sports Medicine Conference (ESMC) launched today its first edition at the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) in Dubai, UAE, with the participation of more than 500 speakers and visitors from the UAE and different countries around the world.
The opening ceremony of ESMC was attended by Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad bin Saif Al Sharqi, President of the Emirates Federation, Vice President of the Asian Federation of Bodybuilding, H.E. Mohammed Fadel Al Hameli, Chairman of the UAE National Paralympics Committee, H.E. Abdulla Bin Souqat, Executive Director at Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences, Ali Omar Al Balooshi, Director of the Sports Development Department at Dubai Sports Council, Dr. Mariam Al Matrooshi, President of the Dubai Police Athletes Council and a member of the conference’s organizing committee as well as staff members of sports federations, universities, and medical facilities from the UAE and around the world.
Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Sharqi was present at the conference’s main session. He also explored the accompanying exhibition, observing the most recent medical innovations in the field. Dr. Abdullah Al Rahoomi, President of ESRSM and the Conference, explained the most significant exhibits, the role of contemporary technology, and the use of these medical devices and cutting-edge products in recovering injured athletes and developing their physical makeup and qualification for the best performance.
Seven sessions and two workshops were held on the first day; each session featured several talks and working papers. Doctors and professors from worldwide universities and the UAE participated in those sessions, covering significant sports facets. Football medicine was the topic of the first session, elite

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