UAE introduce a ban on cosmetic procedures

Private clinics in UAE suspend cosmetic procedures and beauty injections.

Dubai, UAE. The United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Health and Prevention has issued a directive to private clinics, ordering the suspension of “optional” procedures in the emirates of Sharjah, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, and Umm Al Quwain.

The circular included the termination of 5 types of medical services from today until further notice. These services include cupping, Chinese needles, and physical therapy, except for services required as needed at the treating physician’s discretion. Traditional Chinese medicine and cosmetic services provided in healthcare settings can transmit infection (Covid 19), including hair removal, botox, fillers, facelifts, and hair transplants.

The ministry confirmed that the circular is in line with its commitment to promoting patients’ interests and protecting public health in the community, and fighting against the events associated with the impending Corona pandemic and current circumstances. The situation requires a concerted effort and precautionary measure to combat this virus by the interest dictates. The public encourages all interested private health facilities to comply with and comply with the circular.

Dr. Amin bin Hussein Al-Amiri, Deputy Minister of Health and Population Protection, Assistant for Public Health Policy and Licensing, announced that the provisions of the decision of His Excellency Abdulrahman Al-Owais, Minister of Health and Population Protection, No. 230 of 2020 authorizing healthcare professionals to move to any of the state’s health authorities in the context of helping to combat the emerging Coronavirus.

He pointed out that all practicing doctors are allowed to move to work in any country’s health authorities, except for the health authority that issued them the license, without following the transfer procedures and requirements provided for by the current legislation.

Also, he stated that medical practitioners are transferred to work within the framework of implementing Article 1 of the aforementioned ministerial decree at the request of the body that needs it and after agreement with the health authority that granted him the license.

Al-Amiri indicated that the practitioner is subject to supervision by the health authority, which has assigned him the work by the work system established by him. He can, if necessary, provide any comments regarding the work of the practitioner doctor.

Last week, the Dubai Health Authority issued an order canceling all planned operations in the Emirate’s hospitals amid rising cases of COVID-19 coronavirus infection. These are elective surgeries that are performed under general anesthesia.

The agency also ordered hospitals to update bed availability information twice a day. The order will be valid until February 19, 2021. Hospitals are allowed to carry out only emergency and vital operations as prescribed by doctors.

Despite the growth of coronavirus, private hospitals have not yet been instructed to admit and accommodate COVID-19 patients. It’s useful to note that private hospitals across the emirate opened appropriate departments during the first wave and sent their specialists to fight the pandemic.

According to the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention, on January 25, 2021, 3,591 new cases of COVID-19 infection were detected in the country. Thus, the total number of infection cases since the outbreak began in the spring of 2020 has reached 281,546. Of which 255,304 people have fully recovered, 798 have died from complications of coronavirus infection. About 2.6 million people, or 26% of the country’s population, have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

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