By Gavin Gibbon
Decision taken by Department of Health - Abu Dhabi to reduce the risk of coronavirus spread
International Patient Care (IPC) services have been suspended in Abu Dhabi to reduce the risks of spreading the deadly coronavirus.
The decision was made by the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DoH) and comes as the number of cases in the UAE reached 27 on Tuesday.
DoH is working with a number of authorities, including the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) “to ensure that IPC patients have access to comprehensive, continuous and timely healthcare services, taking into consideration their health condition until it is safe for patients to be sent abroad for treatment”.
Hind Al Zaabi, acting director of International Patient Care Division at DoH, said: "As soon as the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the new coronavirus, COVID-19, a global health emergency, we deemed it crucial to take immediate action and implement rigorous measures to control the spread of the virus. Taking protective measures are essential to ensure the health and safety of our society."
The DoH has urged the public to reach out to the ISTIJABA call centre on 8001717 in case of any inquiries regarding Covid-19. For enquiries related to IPC services, people can contact the concerned division on 024175555.