- The Forum showcased various methods to raise awareness about the risks associated with drugs.
- Dr. Noora Al Muhairi: International Day Against Drug Abuse is a prominent occasion to enhance collaboration towards eradicating drug addiction.
The Mental Health Department at Emirates Health Services (EHS) organised a forum titled ‘Fight Addiction, Stay Safe’ to mark International Day Against Drug Abuse and as part of its efforts to ensure the safety and security of individuals and raise awareness among them about mental and psychological health.
The forum was attended by Dubai Police, represented by the General Directorate for Drug Control, Erada Centre for Treatment and rehab in Dubai, and Al Amal Psychiatric Hospital. Her Excellency Mubaraka Ibrahim, Acting Chief Information Officer at EHS, was also present to shed light on ways to combat drug abuse and mitigate the risks resulting from addiction.
Also attending the event were Dr Noor Al Muhairi, Director of EHS’ Psychiatric Health Department; Colonel Abdullah Al Khayat, Director of the Hemaya International Centre of the General Directorate for Drug Control at Dubai Police; Dr Abdullah Al Ansari, Director of Community Research, Awareness, and Public Relations at Erada Centre, and Omar Abdul-Jabbar Al Qamar, Consultant Psychiatrist at Al Amal Hospital.
Dr Noor Al Muhairi highlighted the wise leadership’s commitment to providing the necessary tools to raise awareness of the dangers of drugs, applauding Dubai Police’s General Command and the General Directorate for Drug Control for their efforts in that regard. Dr Al Muhairi thanked EHS for the constant support it provides for the facilities under its umbrella, and especially for Al Amal Psychiatric Hospital and all centres specialising in treating addiction and raising awareness about its serious repercussions on health and society.
Dr Al Muhairi explained that the International Day Against Drug Abuse is an important occasion to promote a spirit of solidarity and teamwork in combating drug abuse and mitigating its danger on communities. The objective is to ensure the safety of all members of the Emirati community, she asserted, stressing that drug use is not a widespread phenomenon in UAE, thanks to the moral values and heritage of the Emirati people, on one hand, and the legislation and laws that were drafted in accordance with global trends to confront and combat drug abuse, on the other.
“International Day Against Drug Abuse is also an opportunity to exchange research findings, evidence-based data, and solutions, as well as to multiply our efforts to achieve the aspirations of the UAE’s wise leadership to establish a healthy society that embodies the term ‘happiest people on earth’,” Dr Al Muhairi added.
The forum included a lecture titled ‘Awareness Is Protection’, where Colonel Abdullah Al Khayat presented a brief overview of the drug law, explaining to attendees how an individual can be trained to avoid drug addiction and prevent it in their community. Also on the agenda was a session titled ‘Allowed’, featuring Erada Centre’s Dr Abdullah Al Ansari under the slogan ‘You are not facing the disease of addiction alone, we are there with you’.
On the same note, another lecture at the event showcased the health services EHS provides for treatment and rehabilitation from drug abuse, presented by Omar Abdul-Jabbar Al Qamar, Consultant Psychiatrist at Al Amal Hospital.
Emirates Health Services is making tremendous efforts to raise awareness of the dangers of addiction, as well as to improve the efficiency of addiction treatment. EHS is upgrading the capabilities of its affiliate, Al Amal Psychiatric Hospital, which is one of the most prominent health facilities for the treatment and rehabilitation of addiction patients, as well as mental illnesses and depression.