Women to Drive in Saudi Arabia | Gulf News October 2 2017

Women to Drive in Saudi Arabia | Gulf News October 2 2017

2nd Oct 2017

Abu Dhabi to Host Infectious Diseases Conference


Abu Dhabi is set to host some of the world’s leading healthcare experts next month, as it plays host to the ‘Reaching the Last Mile - Mobilising Together to Eliminate Infectious Disease’ forum on November 15th.


The conference and forum will place a strong focus on eradicating the prevalence of deadly diseases that hinder the development of some of the world’s poorest countries, and will be held in a joint partnership between the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and leading NGO The Carter Centre.


Groups will meet to discuss the steps facing the world’s battle against infectious disease, with a focus placed on vaccinating everyone against Polio, along with providing the best possible advice and education to avoid the growth of diseases like Malaria.


According to recent reports Guinea Worm and Polio are set to be the first human diseases fully wiped out since smallpox in 1980. Between 1988 and 2016 the number of cases of Polio has dropped dramatically from 350,000 to just 37.


Eradicating disease has been a long term goal of the United Arab Emirates, with $5.7m gifted to the fight against Guinea Worm by the country in 1990. Since then more than $200m has been committed towards the fight by the UAE - including $30m to the fight against Malaria.


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Risk of Cardiovascular Disease Continues to rise in the UAE


As high a figure as 70% of the population of the United Arab Emirates either has some form of cardiovascular disease, or is at an increased risk of it according to experts on the health of the nation.


Whilst global rates of cardiovascular diseases continue to soar, the Gulf countries lead the way in terms of their prevalence, with the UAE amongst the most unhealthy locations on the planet.


Statistics suggest that some 37% of those living in the country don’t exercise, whilst 32% of the population are obese. These factors are especially prevalent amongst the South Asian population, who are likely to experience a heart attack a decade earlier than other ethnic groups.


As well as poor diets and a lack of exercise, the number of smokers and diabetics in the country remains high, with consultant cardiologist at Medeor 24x7 Hospital in Abu Dhabi, Dr Dinesh Babu, outlining the issues this can cause to Gulf News. He said: “Diabetics have a lot of oxidants in their blood, which allows bad cholesterol to be oxidised and deposited in vessels. Moreover, their levels of high-density lipoprotein and low-density lipoprotein tend to be unbalanced, further adding to the risk.”


In spite of this growing trend, the UAE remains focused on reducing the number of people dying from cardiovascular disease to 150 per 100,000, from the current rate of 300 per 100,000 as  part of the country’s Vision 2021 initiative.


This looks an extremely ambitious goal at this early stage, even taking into account the extremely high level of healthcare support on offer in the country. Only time will be able to tell if it is unrealistic however.


Women Allowed to Drive in Saudi Arabia


Saudi Arabia has received widespread global acclaim, after finally granting women in the country the right to a driving license.


The ban on female drivers in the ‘Desert Kingdom’ was one of the most well known facts about the country, however now it has been relaxed some are heralding it as the start of a more progressive future for the staunchly conservative nation.


Up until the ban was removed, Saudi Arabia was the only nation in the world that prevented females from taking to the roads - however now that has all changed, with the Kingdom’s ambassador to the US, Prince Khaled bin Salman, hailing the news as: “The right decision at the right time”.


The change in the rulings will allow women to drive on their own, with no male guardians needed, in a significant change to many aspects of country’s strict laws. However it is unlikely to be the last, with Prince Khaled, son of the Kingdom’s ruler, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, in charge of an initiative aimed at reforming and transforming society in Saudi Arabia by 2030, with getting more women into work being a key aim of this.


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