Communicable & Infectious Diseases

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Communicable & Infectious Diseases

According to the definition of WHO, infectious diseases are the diseases resulting from infection with a causative agent that can be transmitted from human to human, animal to human, animal to animal or from environment to human or animal directly or indirectly.

These diseases are among the most common causes of death worldwide, especially the developing countries because of their prevalence and rapid spread.

An example of these diseases is acute gastroenteritis – diarrhea and vomiting and the resulting dehydration (for example cholera). One fifth of deaths were found in 15 million children each year, were acute respiratory infections and pneumonia accounting for one-third of deaths.

Common diseases in Palestine, which are very dangerous to public health, are bacterial diseases such as typhoid fever, brucellosis, parasitic diseases, especially amoebic dysentery and Leishmaniasis.

As for infection control term, it refers to arrangements for the prevention of hospital infection or infection associated with providing health care services. Such as prevention through hand hygiene, hand washing, cleaning, disinfecting, vaccinations and surveillance of such events, and if it happened, to isolate patients suspected to, carrying or infected with such infection.

Medical Services

  • Contribute to the diagnosis and treatment of patients with such diseases to ensure that the recommended tests were sent properly and on a timely manner.
  • We provide these services to all age groups from the fetus stage – during pregnancy – up to the elderly age group.
  • Give advice to vaccinations for all age groups.
  • Emphasize the need for clean hands and proper methods of cleaning, disinfection and sterilization.
  • Ensure the availability and use of personal protective equipment (apron, masks, gowns etc.). for health care providers, patients, companions and visitors.
  • Occupational Health and Vaccination of health care workers.
  • Post exposure interventions to certain pathogen.
  • Control of emerging infectious diseases.
  • Training and education on control of infection.
  • Work to rationalize the consumption of antimicrobials and leading the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program.


Head Of Communicable & Infectious Diseases

Dr. Rabie Adwan

Dr. Rabie Adwan

Infectious Diseases Specialist

Dr. Rabee Adwan is an Infectious Diseases Specialist with more than 9 years of experience. He is currently the Head of Infectious Diseases Specialist Unit and Head of Infection Control Committee at Istishari Arab Hospital - Ramallah and Al-Makassed Hospital - Jerusalem.

Prior to joining Istishari Arab Hospital in Ramallah, Dr. Adwan worked at Al-Makassed Hospital - Jerusalem until present. Additionally, he worked in several hospitals in Canada / Toronto as a fellowship in the same specialization for children and adult patients. “Sick Kids, Toronto General Hospital, Mount Sinai, St Michel, Sunny Brook, Toronto Western and Women College Hospitals”.

Dr. Adwan graduated from the Faculty of Medicine from Jordan University of Science and Technology; he joined the specialization program in Pediatric and Neonatal Diseases at Al-Makassed Hospital - Jerusalem.