By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Dubai Ambulance has also unveiled a 'self sanitisation walk' to help safeguard paramedics and their families
Dubai has officially established a new Centre for Coronavirus Control as part of a resolution from the Executive Council issued by Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the chairman of the Executive Council.
The new centre will be under the chairmanship of Dr. Amer Ahmed Al Sharif.
According to the UAE’s state-run WAM news agency, the centre includes representatives from the Ministry of Health and Prevention, as well as a number of other relevant entities in Dubai.
“It will be mandated to prepare strategic plans and recommendations to combat pandemic, including Covid-19 and develop rapid intervention plans in coordination with competent bodies at the public and private sectors,” WAM reported.
In a separate announcement, the Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services launched a ‘self sanitisation walk’ aimed at protecting paramedics as well as their colleagues and families.
Using the ‘walk’, the workers can protect themselves from any infection that their clothes may have caught during the course of responding to confirmed and suspected cases of Covid-19.
Officials have said that the system uses a ‘mist’ that disinfects clothes in less than 20 seconds. The device – which is automatically activated when someone passes through – also includes hand sanitisers.
The devices have been installed at the entrance to Dubai Ambulance’s accommodation facility for field workers, along with thermal screening equipment.