By PMA RASHEED
17 Oct 2010, The Gulf Today
The first mobile mammography unit in the private sector of the GCC countries has been unveiled by Lifeline Group Hospital in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
Dr Shamsheer VP, managing director of Lifeline Hospital Group, said that the free mobile mammography unit is specifically adapted to the requirements of patients and healthcare providers in the Middle East.
“Initially the free breast cancer detection campaigns will be conducted in different parts of Abu Dhabi Emirate, in tandem with NGOs, universities, and corporate organisations,” he added.
“The campaign will specially address women in remote areas and places with less accessibility in the UAE and other Gulf countries. The free mammography in the unit is offered to those who fit the criteria for being at risk of developing breast cancer,” noted Dr Shamsheer.
“Our aim is to create awareness among the women in the age group of 40 to 69 years, as around 400 breast cancer cases are reported in the UAE every year. Most of them come for treatment in the advanced stage of cancer,” he pointed out.
Dr Shajir Gaffar, Corporate Relations Manager of the group, said, “The unit has been manufactured with complete digital programming systems, so any doctor can see the patients’ diagnosis report from anywhere in the world.”
“The vehicle is equipped with state-of-the-art screening solution, the Mammo Diagnost DR, ambience lighting system in the mammography examination room, doctor’s consultation room and space for awareness lectures,” he elaborated.
He pointed out, “The unit is customised to handle the often severe weather conditions in the region while traveling long distances to remote areas.”
“Services of the mobile breast cancer screening vehicles will be taken to new heights by reaching out to people with the life saving message on the importance of breast health and early detection of cancer,” said Dr Gaffar.
According to Dr Shamsheer, introduction of the mobile mammography unit and breast cancer prevention education unit with free services is the first-of-its-kind step by a private hospital in the region.
“The mammography unit is dedicated to the care of the womanhood of the region, in an initiative to reduce the number of mortality rates due to breast cancer among the region’s woman community, and empower them to maintain their good health,” he said.
The mobile mammography unit was unveiled by Dr Ahmed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Chairman of Health Authority of Abu Dhabi (Haad).