SHARJAH, A delegation from UK-based Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital recently visited the Pink Caravan Mobile Medical Clinic stationed at University Hospitals Sharjah (UHS) to gain insight on the operations, medical equipment, latest technologies in breast and cervical cancer screening and services offered. The visit sought to exchange knowledge and experiences, in addition to strengthening cooperation.
The state-of-the-art mobile medical clinic operates under the Pink Caravan, a pan-UAE breast cancer awareness initiative by UAE-based cancer charity, Friends of Cancer Patients (FOCP).
During the tour, the delegation also visited Sharjah Breast Cancer Centre at UHS and was briefed about the mammogram examination process and procedures carried out when preliminary screening reveals specific symptoms.
The UK delegation were welcomed by key members of UHS, headed by Dr Ali Obaid Al Ali CEO of UHS, Dr. Sawsan Al Madhi, Director General of FOCP, and Head of Pink Caravan’s Medical and Awareness Committee, and representatives from Pink Caravan.
Launched in 2018, the Pink Caravan Mobile Medical Clinic is the first-of-its-kind clinic that offers free screening and early detection services around the year across the seven emirates. The mobile unit services include breast cancer screening with 3D mammography, cervical cancer screenings, as well as a range of other medical tests, including sugar, blood pressure, osteoporosis and height and weight measurements.
Regarding the visit, Sawsan Jafar, Chairperson of FOCP Board of Directors, noted, “This visit comes as part of FOCP’s ongoing strategy to connect with medical institutions in the region and across the world to exchange knowledge and expertise in cancer screening and treatment.”
At the end of the tour, the delegation visited FOCP headquarters at the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, and oversaw the operations and various functions of FOCP departments.
“We also were introduced to the support services of FOCP for cancer patients and their families, and learned how the operations take into consideration the emotional toll on female patients. We hope this visit is the start of a beneficial cooperation between us, in order to exchange knowledge and experience in the cancer field,” she said.
Source: Emirates News Agency