Health experts gather in Dubai for second Stroke Academy
Health experts gather in Dubai for second Stroke Academy

Leading health experts from the Middle East and North African region gathered in the city of Dubai to participate in the second Stroke Academy held this week.

The experts from the UAE have raised concerns over the disease and over a lack of expertise in physicians who are failing to diagnose the condition or the symptoms that can lead to permanent disability. Experts pointed out that it has emerged as the fifth leading cause of death in people aged 15 to 59 years and the condition could claim 2,000 lives by 2017.

Experts from across the region discussed the rise of the number of stroke patients. The event also saw the inclusion of UAE in the 'Angels Initiative' by BoehringerIngelheim. The initiative offers global guideline for physicians and others to follow a standardised system in facilitating acute care for stroke patients across the region.

Dubai Health Authority's Dr Suhail Abdulla Al-Rukn, Consultant Neurologist, Head of Stroke Programme and Director of Neurology Reisdiency Programme, Rashid Hospital spoke about the rise in stroke patients and a lack of expertise among public and primary caregivers in the country.