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Over 8,000 volunteers sign-up in UAE to fight coronavirus pandemic

More than 3,000 medical professionals have registered with UAE Volunteers campaign

Over 8,000 volunteers sign-up in UAE to fight coronavirus pandemic

Currently there are 900 volunteers supporting the National Disinfection Programme, stationed at national screening and testing centres

More than 8,000 volunteers, made up of 115 nationalities living in the UAE, have signed up to help in the country’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

At a press briefing on Saturday, Hessa Tahlak, UAE Volunteers campaign spokesperson, revealed the number includes over 3,000 individuals with a medical background.

"Today, we stand together, UAE nationals and residents, to lead the national fight against the coronavirus," Tahlak said.

The campaign is the first initiative of the Higher National Committee for Regulating Volunteering during Crisis, headed by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and chairman of the board of directors of the Emirates Foundation.

Tahlak added: "Volunteering under such circumstances is a national duty. We urge citizens and residents to join the 'UAE Volunteers' campaign and register at volunteers.ae.”

Remote volunteer opportunities are available, including delivering online sessions in various fields, health awareness and mental and psychological support programmes, and art and sports offerings.

“Our volunteers have also reached out to 1,500 senior citizens over the phone. Currently, we have 900 volunteers supporting the National Disinfection Programme and stationed at our national screening and testing centres, call centres, and quarantine sites across the country,” said Tahlak.

The campaign gives priority to the recruitment of medical personnel, retired doctors, nurses, paramedics, and medical students. For inquiries, call 80086523.

There are currently 6,302 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UAE, with 37 registered deaths.

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