Sharjah steps up campaign to protect community

By DG Staff

UAE 17 June 2020: According to a report by the Sharjah Government Media Bureau, the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP), is making strenuous efforts in cooperation with the Sharjah government and the Sharjah Committee for Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management. Working with the various Sharjah government institutions and departments, MoHAP officials have deployed the best possible preventive measures and healthcare services.

These efforts reinforce the efficiency of the healthcare system in the emirate and follow the directives of the leadership to employ and exploit all resources and capabilities to protect the community’s health as it is the highest national priority now. These initiatives are also part of the efforts to constantly upgrade the healthcare infrastructure and capabilities in the emirate, said Wam.

Sharjah has taken various measures such as expanding the base of emergency preparedness and qualitative response, building on the progress made by its active investigation operations and increasing the frequency of medical tests.

Dedicated healthcare centres

Since the outbreak of the global pandemic, the MoHAP has been working according to a study and analysis of the health requirements of Sharjah as the largest human concentration in the northern Emirates and a major centre for the MoHAP services. It has identified three dedicated primary healthcare centres, Al Wasit Centre, Al Dhaid Centre, and Al Lulueyah Health Centre, to offer family and community healthcare.

These centres operate 24 hours a day to receive emergency cases, both Covid-19 and other cases. These centres have been mandated to follow up with those in contact with Covid 19 patients and conduct the necessary checks while intensifying the awareness campaigns for the public and employees working in primary health centres and hospitals.

With the active investigation campaigns in Sharjah able to detect the affected people, two major teams were formed to receive confirmed cases from various government and private entities (preventive medicine team and primary healthcare team).

A separate team has also been formed for the epidemiological investigation of cases, following up with contacts, conducting a survey to classify cases and coordinating isolation or institutional quarantine for them. The Kuwait Hospital in Sharjah and Khorfakkan Hospital have also been designated as dedicated hospitals for Covid-19 patients and they coordinate with private hospitals in the emirate to follow up on cases and verify their status by sending reports to the ministry.

Largest field hospital

Taking advantage of the facilities provided by the Government of Sharjah, the MoHAP has set up the largest field hospital at the Expo Centre Sharjah with high operational capabilities under its supervision and with support from Kuwait Hospital in Dubai with 2,000 beds, expandable up to 3,000 beds, if necessary. The field hospital treats Covid-19 patients and is equipped with an intensive care unit, laboratory testing services and a mobile radiology device.

The field hospital boasts world-class doctors of various specialties as well as nurses and support staff, half of whom work remotely. There is a plan afoot to increase the staff and equipment, according to the healthcare and logistical requirements of the field hospital.

Several teams have been formed to follow up on the quarantine and isolation centres. Various hotels have been allocated for medical isolation.

These measures constituted a qualitative addition to the government efforts and the willingness to deal with any crisis or emergency by mobilising the capabilities and infrastructure of the MoHAP in cooperation with the local authorities in the emirate.

346 new cases, 732 recoveries, one death

MoHAP announced on Tuesday that it conducted over 38,000 additional Covid-19 tests.

In a statement, the Ministry affirmed its aim to expand the scope of testing nationwide to facilitate the early detection of coronavirus cases and carry out the necessary treatment.

As part of its intensified testing campaign, MoHAP detected 346 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of cases in the UAE to 42,982.

According to the Ministry, the infected individuals are from various nationalities, are in a stable condition, and are receiving the necessary care.

MoHAP also announced one death as a result of Covid-19 complications. The total number of deaths in the country has reached 293, it added.

The Ministry expressed its sincere condolences to the family of the deceased and wished current Covid-19 patients a speedy and full recovery.

MoHAP also noted an additional 732 individuals had fully recovered from Covid-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 28,861.



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