To enhance the role of the national University in transferring knowledge and skills through community service, the Emirates Digestive Diseases Group organized in collaboration with the Student Committee for health education at the College of Medicine and Health Sciences at United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) and the participation of the Department of Early Detection of Cancer at the Abu Dhabi Health Authority, organized an awareness health activity under the theme "Your Diet and Gut Health” on Friday 27th of May 2016, on the occasion of the World Digestive Health Day at Hili Mall in Al Ain City. It was held in the presence of Dr. Ali Al Fazari, Gastroenterology Consultant, Chairman of the Emirates Digestive Diseases Group at the College of Medicine and Health Sciences, and a number of doctors and students from the College of Medicine and Health Sciences.
This event aimed to raise community awareness of the most common digestive diseases in the UAE, especially related to food. The event included communicating with the public on a range of activities, including video presentations on the diseases that could infect the digestive system and how to prevent them, creative and innovative scientific competitions to create public awareness on how children can prevent gastrointestinal diseases, and best practices and daily nutritional habits which can enhance the protection of the human digestive system. The public expressed widespread attention.
Dr. Ali Al Fazari said: “The annual World Digestive Health Day activities come from the premise that the health of the digestive system has a direct impact on people's happiness and their work and life productivity ", adding that the World Gastroenterology Organization has set the theme "Your Diet and Gut Health" to be the slogan for this year's celebrations.
Dr. Ali Al Fazari commended the efforts of the organizing committees, saying he's proud of the team that included his students from the College of Medicine and Health Sciences at UAEU, and the doctors that participated in this campaign.