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UAE sets up Humanitarian City healthcare hub to deal with virus evacuees

UAE establishes facility within the Emirates Humanitarian City to provide 24-hour care for Arab students and residents evacuated from Wuhan, China

UAE sets up Humanitarian City healthcare hub to deal with virus evacuees

The new facility will be equipped with the necessary medical equipment and supplies to provide care and handle Covid-19, including airborne infection isolation rooms.

The UAE on Saturday announced the establishment of a preventative health centre within the Emirates Humanitarian City complex to provide 24-hour healthcare for Arab students and residents evacuated from Wuhan, China, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak.

Joint humanitarian efforts saw the completion of the project within 48 hours since the UAE's announcement about evacuating students from neighbouring countries from the city of Wuhan on Wednesday, state news agency WAM reported.

It said the facility will be equipped with the necessary medical equipment and supplies to provide care and handle Covid-19, including airborne infection isolation rooms.

The announcement follows the directives issued by President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

As of Saturday, the UAE has reported 45 cases of the virus.

Dr Musleh Al Ahbabi, an official responsible for infectious diseases and public health care programmes in the UAE, told WAM that the centre was ready to monitor and carry out preventive care to reduce the general risk of transmission.

Al Ahbabi said the airborne infection isolation rooms, commonly called negative pressure rooms, are single-occupancy patient care spaces designed to isolate airborne pathogens to a safe containment area.

Individuals who may be suspected of carrying the new coronavirus will be placed within these rooms for a period of 14 days where they will be monitored and tested for infection, he added.

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