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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 September 2018

Increased hospitalisations related to injectable hormones prompt warning from UAE ministry

The Ministry of Health and Prevention warned against fitness centres and cosmetic clinics offering procedures by unlicensed practitioners

The number of hospitalisations as a result of injectable hormones use have increased leading to fresh warnings from the Ministry of Health and Prevention on Saturday against medical malpractice.

The Ministry warned against fitness centres which sell and promote supplements claiming to enhance muscle structure, saying the supplements are sold under the supervision of trainers who lack experience and are unaware of the risks borne by these products, their source, quality and licensing status. The use of such supplements can damage the liver and kidneys.

The warning extended to unlicensed beauty centres offering popular procedures such as Botox and fillers as well as laser services which the Ministry said are being performed by false practitioners.

Dr Amin Al Amiri, assistant undersecretary for public health policy and licensing at MOHAP said most procedures are being conducted by non-specialised professionals with no medical background who use poor-quality cosmetic products and operate in environments that lack hygiene and proper sterilisation.

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Some beauty centres outside the licensed health institutions may temporarily employ visiting doctors or cosmeticians who bring in low-quality cosmetics, and conceal patient medical reports. Dr Al Amiri said this sort of malpractice is a criminal offence and is deemed punishable by law.

The Ministry employs a strict framework to ensure tighter control over requirements for medical practices and the Empowerment and Health Compliance Department organises regular inspections at medical facilities. Secret shoppers and members of the community also carry out inspections.

When instances of malpractice are discovered, security authorities conduct seizures and offenders are referred to the appropriate judicial authority. The offending establishment may also be closed for a length of time determined by the seriousness of the damaged caused.

Patients seeking cosmetic treatments are urged to consult professionals in licensed establishments, to protect their health and save their money.

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