Multiple sclerosis: Summit explores ways to increase awareness in Saudi Arabia

Bayer's medical summit sheds light on the management of multiple sclerosis in the region.
Updated 29 January 2017
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Multiple sclerosis: Summit explores ways to increase awareness in Saudi Arabia

Bayer, one of the world’s leading life sciences companies, recently held a medical summit to shed light on the prevalence and management of multiple sclerosis in the region.
Medical experts from Saudi Arabia and the region and senior Bayer representatives took part in the event.
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic condition, which can affect the brain and/or spinal cord, causing a wide range of potential symptoms, including problems with vision, limb movement, sensation or balance.
It is caused when an individual’s own immune system attacks healthy cells and tissues. When this occurs, myelin — the protective insulation surrounding the nerve fibers of the central nervous system (CNS) — is destroyed.
Ultimately, this damage interferes with nerves’ communication between neurons in the CNS.
Medical experts, citing recent studies, said sufficient information was not available in the region about the disease.
They stressed the need to increase awareness among Saudi residents about the disease.
Mohammed Al-Jumah, professor and consultant of neurology and the lead for the Saudi Multiple Sclerosis Registry, said: “Multiple sclerosis is a rising concern in Saudi Arabia. It can be a challenging condition to live with, but new treatments have considerably improved the quality of life of people with the condition.”
He said: “There is no cure for multiple sclerosis. However, treatments focus on relieving the condition’s symptoms. They work to alter the course of the disease by decreasing the frequency and severity of relapses and the progression of disability.”
He said that successful management of the disease requires early intervention.
Patient education programs should aim at improving their adherence to treatment and enhancing their quality of life, said the professor.
Phil Smits, vice president of Bayer Middle East, said: “In the field of multiple sclerosis, Bayer has grown to develop a strong commitment to patients by continuously investing to support their varied needs. The company has developed a strong support system for multiple sclerosis patients which focuses on driving patient education and training needs. We have also developed autoinjectors to make the drug injection experience comfortable and more importantly, safe for patients.”
Smits added that Bayer’s Betaconnect autoinjector is the first component of an innovative dose delivery system for multiple sclerosis treatment.
Patients may choose to use Betaconnect independently or as part of a complete software-based system designed to track injection history and share important treatment information with health care providers, he added.
Smits said: “At Bayer, we are guided by a clear determination to provide sustainable solutions that place patients at the core.”


Role of Indian engineers in KSA lauded at IEF meet

Updated 17 July 2019
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Role of Indian engineers in KSA lauded at IEF meet

Indian Engineers Forum (IEF) Jeddah Chapter recently held its 13th annual general meeting at Hotel Ramada Continental.

Ambassador of India to Saudi Arabia Dr. Ausaf Sayeed graced the event as chief guest and Consul General of India Noor Rahman Sheikh was guest of honor. IEF President Mohammed Sayeeduddin presided over the function.

Expressing appreciation for the activities of the forum, Ambassador Dr. Sayeed recalled its foundation in 2016 during his tenure as consul general of India in Jeddah.

He lauded Sayeeduddin, Amir Khan, Shuja Sheriff and other members and engineers for the activities of the forum and their contribution to the development of Saudi Arabia. Dr. Sayeed highlighted scarcity of water as an acute problem in the world in general and in India in particular. He shared his experience of interacting with engineers in the US, who developed a water condensation machine to extract water from humid air.

Consul General Noor Rahman Sheikh applauded IEF for its services to the engineering community in Saudi Arabia. He highlighted how the excellence of Indian engineers in each sector has impacted society. 

“Our zeal to be the best in whatever we do was demonstrated during last year’s Hajj. The mobile app developed by the Consul General of India is going to help the 200,000 pilgrims expected to come this year,” he said.

Amir Khan, founder and chairman of IEF, said IEF provides a platform for networking, career advancement, community service, and technology exchange. He urged Indian engineers to play a vital role in the development of Saudi Arabia, which he said would help strengthen the relations between India and the Kingdom.

Sayeeduddin thanked Dr. Sayeed for his support in the foundation of IEF. He announced that, having served as founding president for the last 13 years, he is now stepping down and the new president, unanimously elected, will be Khan Mustafa.

Nadeem Ahmed Ali, executive member of IEF, delivered a presentation on digital disruption.

Syed Nasir Khursheed, IEF general secretary, conducted the program.

Indian real estate advisory firm/ institutional channel partner 360 Realtors LLP participated in the event and were the main sponsors. A presentation covering major construction, residential and commercial projects in India was made by S. K. Vivek Kumar, head of international sales, 360 Realtors. Amit Hariyal also delivered a presentation on residential projects across the Indian cities of Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune. 

Abdul Rahman, general manager of TA Infra Projects, expressed happiness to be part of the IEF.

Khader Memon made a presentation titled “Special Investment Plan.”

The chief guest, guest of honor and sponsors were presented mementoes as a token of appreciation by the IEF president and executive committee. This was followed by the release of the annual magazine of the forum, Spectrum 2019, edited by Muazzam Sayeed.

A lively session of quiz was conducted by Munnawar Amafh. 

The event was attended by a number of guests from across the Kingdom, including Abdul Haseeb Hazari, Danish Ghafoor, Siadat Ali Khan, Shameem Kausar and Ahmed Omais.

The program started with a recitation of the Holy Qur’an by Talha Khan. Ashraf Nawaz Qureshi, IEF treasurer, welcomed the guests.

IEF Vice President Abu Bakar Sherkhan introduced the chief guest while Mohammed Shoebuddin, IEF chief coordinator, presented a vote of thanks.