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Combating coronavirus: Sheikh Hamdan opens field hospital at Dubai World Trade Centre.

Summary: The Dubai World Trade Centre has been converted into a massive field hospital with a capacity to treat 3,000 Covid-19 patients.

(Picture retrieved from @DXBMediaOffice/Twitter)

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, has opened a field hospital at the Dubai World Trade Centre. A series of photos shared on social media by the Government of Dubai Media Office on Saturday show Sheikh Hamdan adhering to precautions like wearing a mask and gloves as he tours the field hospital. He is also seen interacting with the medics at the facility as he maintains an adequate social distance from them.

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- Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) April 18, 2020

As reported by Khaleej Times last week, the Dubai World Trade Centre has been converted into a massive field hospital with a capacity to treat over 3,000 Covid-19 patients.

The trade centre has the critical facilities and size needed for the proper functioning of a large hospital, the media office had said last week.

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) set up the medical equipment and staffed the facility "as there is a requirement for increased capacity". The temporary hospital will operate under the umbrella of the DHA, the Covid-19 Command and Control Centre, and the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management in Dubai.

Humaid Al Qutami, Director-General of the DHA, said the field hospital can be expanded to provide up to 3,030 beds. Staffed by well-trained medical staff including doctors, nurses and paramedical personnel, the hospital will maximise the capacity of Dubai's healthcare system.

Dr Amer Ahmad Sharif, Vice-Chancellor of the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) and head of Dubai's Covid-19 Command and Control Centre, said the field hospital provides additional capacity that will create further confidence in the emirate's healthcare system's ability to contain the Covid-19 and "deal with unexpected scenarios".

Staff Reporter

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Author:Staff Reporter
Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Geographic Code:7UNIT
Date:Apr 18, 2020
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