On Monday, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai announced that a center for coronavirus control will soon be set up in the emirate. This initiative forms a part of the sweeping measures that are being taken by the UAE government to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Called the ‘The Disease and Epidemic Control Center’, the specialized medical facility will be managed by a board chaired by Dr Amir Ahmed Al Sharif, and its members will include the representatives from the Ministry of Health and Prevention, Dubai Healthcare Foundation at Dubai Health Authority (DHA), Dubai Data Establishment, Health Regulatory Sector at DHA and Health Regulatory Sector at Dubai Healthcare City Authority.
The new center will look after all pandemics, particularly, the coronavirus, and formulate strategic plans and recommendations to battle them. UAE residents and citizens can also expect it to develop rapid intervention plans in coordination with public and private sector organizations, in order to safeguard public health.
Today, I visited the mobile COVID-19 Test Center set up by SEHA as part of measures to contain the virus. Medical teams out in the field are the first line of protection of the UAE, their sacrifices safeguard our health. pic.twitter.com/nrO0iCFr8t
— محمد بن زايد (@MohamedBinZayed) March 28, 2020
In Abu Dhabi, a mobile Covid-19 Test Center has been set up in the country’s capital of Abu Dhabi, by Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA). Solely dedicated to testing people for the coronavirus, the country’s first drive-through test center will function from 8am to 8pm daily, and serve up to 600 people who can get tested in about five minutes while remaining inside their vehicles.
While the UAE government is actively doing everything in its power to control the spread of the coronavirus, the hard work of days and nights put in by the healthcare workers is not going unrecognized. Sheikh Hamdan and HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, have on multiple occasions taken to their social media to thank the medical staff, urging the people to play their part in helping them by practising social distancing.
“With upmost respect and admiration, we salute the heroes working across the nation to combat the coronavirus,” Sheikh Hamdan had tweeted. “They are our first line of defense, we must all support them & stand by the relevant authorities during these challenging times that the entire world is experiencing.”
“Our core goal is disease prevention & to follow through on the government’s plans to build a healthy and safe society, while engaging in several health awareness campaign & supporting the determined efforts of the authorities working tirelessly to restrict the spread of Covid-19.”