Thursday, April 27, 2017
Lifestyle

Zulekha Hospital Dubai distinguished as Centre of Excellence by IFSO


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Dubai, UAE, 16 January, 2017: A multidisciplinary hospital and one of its foremost surgeons have been listed among the very best in the MENA region to achieve accreditation from the leading international bariatric surgery certification as a specialised centre for surgery of obesity and diabetes.Having facilitated more than 400 successful bariatric surgeries, Zulekha Hospital Dubai has been recognised for its surgical weight loss programme and outstanding management of morbidly obese patients by the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO).The IFSO endorses institutions and surgeons as Centres of Excellence (CEO) worldwide to improve the overall quality of management for patients undergoing bariatric and metabolic surgery, has so far recognised five medical facilities across the MENA region.Dr Hussam Albatrusi, Specialist General Surgeon – Advanced Laparoscopy and Bariatric Surgeon at Zulekha Hospital Dubai, who has performed more than 1,000 successful bariatric surgeries throughout his 14 year career, has also been acknowledged

by IFSO.According to 2015 World Health Organisation figures, obesity rates are on the rise with more than 2.1 billion people considered overweight or obese which amounts to 30 per cent of the global population. In the UAE alone, 70 per cent of men and 67 per cent of women aged 15 and older are thought to be overweight.Taher Shams, Managing Director of Zulekha Hospitals, said: “The obesity rates among women in the UAE position the country in 7th place on a global scale which highlights the rising need for specialised healthy lifestyle management programmes and weight loss surgeries.“Being distinguished as a Centre of Excellence brings us both an international recognition as well a responsibility to provide best practice, conduct valuable research and act as an ambassador of the programme to encourage existing bariatric institutions to upgrade to standards set by IFSO and contribute to the promotion of medical tourism in the region.''

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