The Abu Dhabi Police Weight Care Clinic at the Medical Services Department is participating in the chronic diseases awareness initiative via the ‘Weqaya’ (prevention) Program. The activities, which commenced Sunday at Abu Dhabi Police (ADP), are held in coordination with the Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD).

Stressing the importance of preventive screenings, Lt. Colonel Dr. Najla Asaad Taher, Head of the ADP Initiative for Early Detection of Chronic Diseases and Cancer, said that the screenings provided by the Weight Care Clinic are conducted in accordance with the best international standards. She also noted that citizens who hold a valid Thiqa card are eligible for a free screening, with results provided within five working days.

Also in her statement regarding the launch of the awareness initiative, Lt. Colonel Dr. Taher said: “Preventive screening is the first step towards helping individuals determine their health condition.” She said this process enables and prepares individuals with the ability to follow-up on the status of their health, which effectively contributes towards preventing cardiovascular diseases and improving their health overall.  

Dr. Ahmad Fathi, internal medicine specialist at the ADP Medical Services Department and official of the Weight Care Clinic, spoke of the clinic saying: “The duties of the clinic all began in support of the ‘Weqaya’ Progam, and to raise awareness and educate people about the risks of being overweight.”  He continued by saying that the clinic endeavors to familiarize individuals with the methods for prevention, the causes that lead to being overweight and the complications that arise with being overweight. “Our efforts are all within the scope of spreading more consciousness around health,” Dr. Fathi said; as he urged for people to avoid unhealthy diet behaviors. He also advised for those who suffer from obesity to seek medical advice from a professional in order to lose weight and avoid gaining more.

“The Weight Care Clinic is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, including a device that specializes in melting subcutaneous fat,” he said. “This medical device is accredited by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and dissolves the fat under the skin that has been absorbed by the lymphatic vessels. This device actually slims the body by targeting areas where fat tends to accumulate, such as the abdomen in men and the buttocks for women.”

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