Get Dhs700 di­a­betes screen­ing pack­age for Dh1

The Gulf Today - - Home - BY IM­RAN MOJIB

RAS AL KHAIMAH: On the oc­ca­sion of World Di­a­betes Day, the RAK Hos­pi­tal and Dubai RAK Di­a­betes Cen­tre launched a month-long cam­paign with a fo­cus on healthy, ac­tive life­style for di­a­bet­ics and non-di­a­bet­ics.

As part of the cam­paign, the hos­pi­tal also of­fers a di­a­betes health screen­ing voucher worth Dhs700 for just Dhs1, which can be availed ei­ther at the hos­pi­tal in Ras Al Khaimah or at the di­a­betes cen­tre in Dubai

The cam­paign, which will run till Dec.14, kick started with the ‘Blue Ring Chal­lenge’ invit­ing UAE res­i­dents to free blood su­gar screen­ing (RBS) at both premises to ind for them­selves the pos­i­tive ef­fect of phys­i­cal ex­er­cise on su­gar lev­els. Blue Ring Chal­lenge will prac­ti­cally demon­strate how reg­u­lar ex­er­cise can help re­duce su­gar lev­els by test­ing the lev­els be­fore and af­ter some phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity.

The cam­paign was launched at RAK Hos­pi­tal of­fer­ing blood su­gar screen­ing to all the em­ploy­ees of Ara­bian Health­care Group and taxi driv­ers of Ras Al Khaimah. It was also ex­tended to Dubai Po­lice on Tues­day at Mamzar Park, Dubai. It will of­fer free blood su­gar screen­ing to res­i­dents and cor­po­rates on Wed­nes­day at Dubai RAK Di­a­betes Cen­tre, and to cor­po­rates in Ras Al Khaimah on Thurs­day.

Dr Yas­min Shaikh, Group Mar­ket­ing Head, Ara­bian Health­care Group and RAK Hos­pi­tal, said that the UAE res­i­dents can also reg­is­ter for the ‘Blue Ring Chal­lenge’ on­line and get a di­a­betes health screen­ing voucher worth Dhs700 for just Dh1.

“As a CSR ac­tiv­ity, we will also add Dh1 for each reg­is­tra­tion – ir­re­spec­tive of whether peo­ple avail the screen­ing or not – and the en­tire amount will go to­wards cre­at­ing pro­grammes and aware­ness cam­paigns against di­a­betes,” she added.

The Blue Ring Chal­lenge shows im­pact of ex­er­cise on blood su­gar level. Vis­i­tors can get their blood su­gar tested be­fore and af­ter a 20 min­utes ex­er­cise regime to no­tice the im­pact.

Dr Raza Sid­diqui, CEO, Ara­bian Health­care Group and Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor RAK Hos­pi­tal, said that they wanted to en­cour­age peo­ple to take stock of their health.

This is why they have kept the Blue Ring Chal­lenge open for di­a­bet­ics and non-di­a­bet­ics.

“We are also ap­proach­ing cor­po­rate houses to per­form the Blue Ring Chal­lenge on their premises since cor­po­rates gen­er­ally lead a very seden­tary life­style. Let us prom­ise this year to lit­er­ally put our best foot for­ward and ex­er­cise to keep di­a­betes un­der con­trol,” he said.

Ear­lier dur­ing the year, the Ara­bian Health­care Group had launched the “My Em­ployee First” pro­gramme that fo­cused on en­cour­ag­ing cor­po­rate em­ploy­ees to adopt an ac­tive life­style.

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