COVID-19: UAE health centre to monitor Wuhan evacuees

The project reportedly marked completion within 48 hours of the announcement of evacuating Arab students and residents

UAE health centre to monitor Wuhan evacuees
UAE health centre to monitor Wuhan evacuees

As a preventative measure amid the coronavirus, COVID-19 outbreak, UAE has announced the establishment of a health centre within the Emirates Humanitarian City complex, to provide 24-hour healthcare for Arab students and residents evacuated from Wuhan, China, which is the epicentre of the virus.

The announcement follows the directives issued by UAE president HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE armed forces, HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The project marked completion within 48 hours of the announcement of evacuating students from neighbouring countries from the city of Wuhan.

The centre is equipped with the necessary medical equipment and supplies to provide care and handle COVID-19, including airborne infection isolation rooms, an official responsible for infectious diseases and public health care programmes in the country, Dr Musleh Al Ahbabi, confirmed to state-run news agency Wam.

Al Ahbabi explained that airborne infection isolation rooms, commonly called negative pressure rooms, are single-occupancy patient care spaces designed to isolate airborne pathogens to a safe containment area.

Persons suspected of carrying the virus will be placed within the rooms for a period of 14 days, which is the average incubation period of COVID-19, where they will be monitored and tested for infection, Al Ahbabi said.

The health centre adheres to the World Health Organisation standards and practices, he added.

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