Ajman, UAE: Roberto Speranza, the Italian Minister of Health paid a special visit to Thumbay Medicity in Ajman on Saturday, 23rd October 2021 where he was received by Dr. Thumbay Moideen, President and Founder of the Thumbay Group in his office.

“The momentous visit opened doors for new strategic ties and cooperation between Thumbay Group and two of Italy’s prestigious institutions namely San Raffaele University (UniSR) and Gruppo San Donato (GSD) Italy,” a press statement from Thumbay Medicity stated.

To promote collaboration in health professions education and research, the first MOU was signed between Gulf Medical University represented by Prof. Hossam Hamdy and San Raffaele University, Italy represented by Dr. Paolo Roteli, President of the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University. UniSr ranks in the top 2.3% among 19,788 universities in the world according to the 2021-22 edition of the ‘Global 2000 List by the Center for World University Rankings based on their excellent academic performance and research.

The second crucial MOU was signed between Thumbay University Hospital represented by Mr. Akbar Moideen Thumbay, Vice President Healthcare Division, Thumbay Group, and Gruppo San Donato (GSD) Italy represented by Dr. Kamel Ghribi, President of GKSD Investment Holding for full cooperation in developing and strengthening the Department of Cardiac Sciences at the Thumbay University Hospital and making it a Center of Excellence in the region.

“Being the number one hospital group in Italy, Gruppo San Donato is a pioneer in multiple research fields, with outstanding clinical programs and academic excellence. With 44 different locations around Italy, GSD's network consists of 3 research hospitals, 16 general hospitals, 7 outpatient clinics, 11 Smart clinics, and more. Their facilities have a capacity of more than 5000 beds and treat more than 4.7 million patients each year while its profile and brand are the symbols of Italian Healthcare excellence,” it added.

Roberto Speranza was highly impressed by the infrastructure and facilities provided by the management and congratulated the President, Dr. Thumbay Moideen for having made such remarkable progress.

Commenting on this occasion, Dr. Moideen said, “We are very excited to join forces with two of Italy’s leading institutes and look forward to strengthening our offerings through this relationship.”

Thumbay Medicity, Ajman, plays a key role in the advancement of medical education, healthcare, and research. It houses the Gulf Medical University – the region’s leading private medical university, Thumbay University Hospital – the largest private academic hospital in the region, Thumbay Dental Hospital – the first private dental hospital in the country and the largest academic dental hospital in the Middle East region’s private sector, and Thumbay Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Hospital – the biggest state-of-the-art rehabilitation hospital in the country.

Thumbay Medicity also has outlets of Thumbay Pharmacy – including the biggest robotic pharmacy, in addition to the central lab of Thumbay Labs – the biggest CAP-accredited private diagnostic facilities in the region. It also has leisure and hospitality amenities, such as Body & Soul Health Club and Spa, Thumbay Food Court with diverse food brands and cuisines, The Terrace Restaurant, Blends & Brews Coffee Shoppe, etc. With its state-of-the-art facilities and superior amenities, Thumbay Medicity is expected to attract 15,000 visitors daily.

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Bengaluru: The Karnataka High Court on Saturday observed that no student above the age of 18 years, teachers, and staff can be allowed to attend schools and colleges unless they have received at least one jab of the COVID vaccine.

The division bench comprising Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi and Justice Sachin Shankar Magadum was hearing a PIL filed by Mangaluru doctor Srinivas B Kakkilaya and others. The bench dismissed the PIL and said at least one dose of the COVID vaccine should be mandatorily taken by those attending schools and colleges.

The PIL had claimed that the circular issued by the state government on July 16, 2021, making vaccination mandatory in nature was in violation of fundamental rights as guaranteed under Articles 14 and 19 (1) (g) of the Constitution of India.

It had also added that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has maintained that the vaccination does not prevent the spread of the virus hence has little potential of stopping the pandemic.

According to the petitioners, such discrimination based on unreasonable classification, such as status of vaccination of an individual, is curbing the rights to practice any profession. The petitioners further claimed that the circular violates the dictum of the Supreme Court in the Common Cause Vs Union of India (2018) case which recognized the right, choice, and liberty of an individual to prefer the medicine of his/ her choice.

“We are of the considered view that no student, teacher or staff who have not received vaccines shall be permitted to attend the school or college, where the students gather in large numbers and risk them. As such no directions can be issued to permit such teachers, students, or staff who have not received at least one dose of vaccine to attend colleges in terms GO dated July 16, 2021,” the court said.