RAK Ceramics, the world's largest ceramic tiles & sanitaryware manufacturing company, has revealed that more than 100 of its executives participated in the free diabetics checkup and awareness program it organised recently in association with the UAE Ministry of Health, at the company's premises. The event also featured a lecture on controlling diabetics by Dr. Aisha Al Zuabi and Dr. Shamsa Al Baloshi.
The diabetes rate in the UAE is the second highest in the world, with approximately 19.5 per cent of the population now suffering from the disease. Further, statistics show that around 40 per cent of 60-plus residents in the country have diabetes, and the disease causes 75 per cent of deaths amongst UAE nationals.
"Diabetes is currently the fastest growing debilitating disease in the world, and in the UAE it is estimated that one out of five people aged 20 to 79 lives with this disease. Given this scenario, we need to recognise the importance of early diagnosis of diabetes as this can significantly change the outcome of the disease. Early diagnosis means early treatments that may control and prevent any further complications, and this was the underlying objective of organising the free diabetic checkup and consultation program at RAK Ceramics in association with the Ministry of Health," said Abdulla Mahmood, Marketing Manager, RAK Ceramics.
Last month more than 100 employees and executives led by RAK Ceramics senior management took part in a blood donation drive organised at the medical centre within its premises in coordination with Saif Hospital in Ras Al Khaimah. The campaign was organized as part of the World Blood Donor Day on June 14. Such health-related campaigns are part of RAK Ceramics' CSR strategy which includes welfare of its employees.