By Sam Bridge
'We are proud of all our doctors, nurses, paramedics and healthcare professionals', says Sheikh Mohammed
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has hailed the efforts of medical professionals for their dedication to ensure public safety and combat the spread of the coronavirus spread.
In a phone call to the Dubai Health Authority’s Emergency Department, Sheikh Mohammed reviewed the precautionary measures taken to combat the epidemic in the UAE as emergency teams work round-the-clock to monitor emerging cases in collaboration with hospitals and health centres across the country.
Medical efforts are focused on implementing preventative measures in line with the World Health Organisation’s rules and regulations, state news agency WAM reported on Monday.
During the phone call, Sheikh Mohammed told Dr Sara Kazim, head of the Emergency Department at Rashid Hospital: "We are proud of you and proud of all our doctors, nurses, paramedics and healthcare professionals.
"You are on the frontline of our nation’s defence against the epidemic, and you are fulfilling a great and noble mission, but it isn’t done yet."
He reaffirmed the government’s unwavering support to medical teams in the country’s fight against the epidemic.
As of Monday, the UAE has reported a total of 153 infections, with two fatalities.
Kazim stressed that the UAE’s health sector is fully equipped to address any emergencies, adding that teams at the emergency centre are ready to provide all medical services and supplies if demand increases.
She said that hospitals have increased their capacities, providing more hospital beds, critical care facilities and prepared medical cadres to tackle and contain any emerging situations.
The DHA’s Emergency Centre receives coronavirus patients from all over the country, placing them in quarantine and providing necessary medical care.
It also conducts tests and monitors suspected cases, in addition to testing people in contact with diagnosed patients and placing them under medical supervision. The centre also monitors the quarantine process, placing patients in specialised centres.
Over the past few weeks, the UAE has implemented a number of preventative measures to contain the spread of the Covid-19 including distance learning in schools and universities across the country, work from home policies, and flight suspensions.
The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention and the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority has also ordered the closure of commercial centres and shopping malls, excluding grocery stores and pharmacies for a renewable period of two weeks. Restaurants are also not allowed to receive customers, limiting their services only to home deliveries.
In a joint statement, the Ministry of Interior and NCEMA called UAE citizens, residents and visitors to avoid leaving their homes unless it is necessary to buy essential items.