The past few weeks have seen sweeping changes in the UAE as part of the national sterilization program. Safety measures implemented by the country’s leaders like restrictions on movement, suspension of public transport, and the mandatory mask-wearing have certainly worked in the right direction as a new Global Response to Infectious Diseases (Grid) table ranks these efforts in the top ten in the world.
A system created by Australia’s Institute of Certified Management Accountants evaluates the effectiveness and efficiency of a country’s leadership in terms of their response to Covid-19, and how prepared their health systems are in dealing with it. The results of this evaluation are then ranked in the Grid index in which UAE appears in the ninth position. The table shows New Zealand at number one and other countries with effective responses to follow it are Singapore, Iceland, Australia, Finland, Norway, Canada, and South Korea. Nations sharing the ninth position with UAE are Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Japan, and Taiwan, while those ranking below them are India, Russia, China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Brazil, and the US.
UAE ranking in the top ten of the Grid index only goes to show how remarkable the measures taken by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, HH Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and other leaders of the UAE are. They have also, on many occasions, made use of their social media to not only urge the residents and citizens of the country to practice social distancing but also assure them of their safety as the government does everything in its power to protect them. HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, recently shared a message on his social media asking the residents to “recognize the seriousness of the new reality” and that the coronavirus is a “real threat to each one of us.” He concluded it by saying, “We’re here for you, and trust that we can count on your commitment to act responsibly.”