Prospects of Homeopathy in UAE
By Dr. Abdul Gafar with Dr. Sudin Kumar
UAE is getting stronger by each day, being born in 2001. It is a good thing to say that it is
healthy and very much active, from our first hand experience. So far more than
one hundred homeopaths are practicing in UAE. About thirty homeopaths are there
in Dubai itself. Abu Dhabi and Sharjah being other major cities where many
homeopaths can be found.
approved practice of Homeopathy in the country in the beginning of 2001. A
separate section was established under UAE Ministry of Health (MOH) for
Complementary and Alternative Medicines. To allow these practitioners to work
in UAE a qualifying examination (CAM exam) is held by MOH about three times a
year, and so far more than 100 homeopaths have qualified to practice in UAE.
For practicing in UAE first one needs a recognized
qualification in homeopathy from their country of origin. After that they should
get a license from the Ministry of Health (MOH) through the CAM exam. The
procedure for the same is described below. After getting the license one should
register with the respective local governments (municipalities) depending upon
in which emirate of UAE you intent to practice and this registration one shall
get only after getting the license from MOH. Remember that even after getting
the above two documents one can do the practice only under an existing medical
institution, obviously an allopathic one as there are no Homeopathic
institutions there yet. For starting a separate individual Homeopathic clinic
one should get a license for starting/running a clinic which is usually given to
only UAE nationals and that also costs a hefty fee.
The MOH examination is of a simple structure but
analyze in depth the capacity of the physicians. It consists of two parts. The
first, a written examination for 100 marks is a mixture of MCQ and short-answer
questions. This is a common test for all the branches of complimentary and
alternative medicines like Homoeopathy, Ayurveda, Unani, Acupuncture etc. This
is based on General Medicine and the questions are of good standard. Those who
clear this examination will be called for an interview, where a panel of experts
(Allopathic and Homeopathic doctors) will judge the capacity of the candidate as
a physician. The Homeopathic knowledge is assessed in this part. The
successful doctors will be given an evaluation certificate with register
numbers, which is the license to practice Homeopathy in UAE.
For help in
preparing for the examination it is best to have a thorough knowledge in
Practice of Medicine based on Davidson’s and Harrison's textbook of Internal
Medicine. For familiarizing with the MCQ it is advisable to go to the questions
from 'www.fleshandbones.com' where a
number of MCQs are given from Davidson’s as well as questions from US Medical
Licensing Examination (USMLE). But remember that your practical knowledge is
what counts, especially in the interview.
One has to
submit the application in person at the MOH office in Abu Dhabi with all the
documentary evidences (For details please contact
our director) and the prescribed fee
(presently 50 UAE Dirham). The candidates have to bear the travel and other
expenses for the trip and also make their own arrangements for their visa.
Further clarification about all these can also be had at the MOH website
“www.moh.gov.ae”. Please note that prior to applying for the exam one should
get their qualification documents
endorsed by the UAE embassy in their country. Finally one word of caution too
the Ministry of Health is planning to make the examination procedure more strict
and stringent by about 2007. So if any of you plan for an appearance make it the
Even though the
system got official blessings in UAE recently, Homeopathy was never a stranger
in the peninsula. Many people there depend on Homeopathy for their treatment.
While some of them bring medicines from their home countries a few go to
clandestine (qualified) practitioners for this end.
As all major
cities of UAE are cosmopolitan in nature one get people of all walks and classes
of life here. So there is never a shortage of supporters to the system. It is
reassuring to see that even the labor classes, who can't miss even a day of
their work, come to Homeopathy for their ailments. One another factor is that
the common illnesses met with here like UTI, RTI, infertility, Headache and
alopecia and all are responding wonderfully to the simple medicines. The unique
climate and life style being the main culprit, the task of the physician is made
welcoming thing is the number of patrons coming up to sponsor Homeopathic
clinics. All the major healthcare establishments have started a Homeopathic
section also along with their institutions. The doctors who already cleared by
MOH and started their practice here sounded enthusiastic and hopeful about the
future. The large Indian population also sounded relieved that at last they
could get quality Homeopathic treatment nearby.
obstacle yet to be overcome is the problem with dispensing medicines. As of now
no permission is given to freely dispense the medicines by the physicians. Even
if this is of vital importance to successful Homeopathic practice the doctors
here have to depend on sealed bottles of pre-medicated pills of a fixed dose,
which is to be dispensed as a whole to the patient. The trouble with this is
that often there won’t be the necessity of that much doses of medicine and it
will eventually lead to over dosage. Another one being the heavy cost of these
sealed bottle preparations, which jeopardizes the very claim of cost
effectiveness of the system.
We hope the
problems will be solved as the system grows up. Once the results start coming
up the system will sustain itself as it has done in many other countries and the
obstacles will be melted away one by one.
[Dr.. Abdul Gafar, the Editor-in-Chief of Homoeopathic Medical
Panorama along with Editor Dr. Sudin Kumar had an extensive tour in UAE in
May2003. This article is brought in for the reference of all those who would
like to sit for the MOH examination as well as those who like to know further
about homeopathy in UAE.]
Abdul Gafar cleared the MOH exam with first rank and is now practicing
homeopathy in Dubai. He is offering a package consisting of guidelines and
tutorials to candidates who wish to sit for CAM (MOH) examination of UAE.
For more details contact - E-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org, Ph: +971-50-4699659
The original article is published in
'Homoeopathic Medical Panorama' of April-June 2003 issue.
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