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Dr Reem Osman, Regional CEO, Saudi German Hospital Group Image Credit: Supplied

The Saudi German Hospital Group in UAE announced the launching of a humanitarian initiative to perform 50 free surgeries for eye patients who are suffering from eye diseases in the country, coinciding with the UAE's celebrations of the National Day and the 50th anniversary of the founding of the union.

Dr Reem Osman, Regional CEO of Saudi German Hospitals - UAE, said that the initiative comes from the premise of strengthening the principle of social responsibility of the group, and implementation of the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to activate the role of the private sector in Charitable work and practical expression of patriotism.

She explained that the initiative aims to receive patients suffering from eye diseases of different groups and ages, conduct full medical examinations for them, provide treatment, and perform surgical operations for cases of cataracts, and other eye diseases that cause blindness and visual impairment.

She explained that cataracts are one of the most common causes of blindness in the world, which can be treated with surgical intervention.

Dr Reem stated that the process of removing cataracts from the eye is of great medical importance as it enables the patient to restore vision quickly,

Dr Reem Osman pointed out that the World Health Organization reports that 80% of people with cataracts in the eye can be treated or prevented from developing visual impairment if appropriate treatment is available.

She also stated that Saudi German Hospital in Dubai that includes a medical team specialized in cataract removal and intraocular lens implants, and has great experience in eye treatment and surgeries, and is equipped with the latest medical equipment and technologies in the treatment of eye diseases, explaining that cataract treatment is carried out by placing drops inside the eye instead of Anesthesia with needles or full anesthesia of the patient, and this procedure is done in the operating room and the patient can leave the hospital directly without anesthesia of the muscles of the eye or eyelid, which enables the patient to return to normal life quickly.

Dr Reem Osman called all eye patients who are unable to benefit from the initiative to come to the hospital to assess the case and determine the appropriate treatment, pointing out that the hospital cooperates with humanitarian institutions and charities in the country to evaluate advanced cases to benefit from the initiative and to determine the beneficiaries.

She indicated that the group is keen to organize humanitarian initiatives on a regular basis out of its participation in the social responsibility in the Emirates, pointing out that it participated a few days ago with the Emirates Red Crescent Authority in a charitable campaign to conduct comprehensive medical examinations for low-income patients in the Emirate of Ajman, in order to preserve the public health of the people. A person discovering any symptoms or precursors to dangerous diseases needs to be treated in the optimal way, and expedite the monitoring of any epidemic cases.