Last week, the UAE government announced that the historic landmark, Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) would be converted into a field hospital as a precautionary measure in preparation for a potential surge in COVID-19 patients in the UAE as mass coronavirus testings are being conducted countrywide.
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai's Crown Prince has officially opened the DWTC field hospital and shared a video walk-through on social media inspecting the hospital at the launch and opening ceremony.
The new field hospital was set up with the help and contribution of 150 volunteers from the Watani Al Emarat Foundation as part of the 'Your City Needs You' volunteering campaign through the Day for Dubai app. The hospital currently has the capacity to host 3,000 beds and has expanded the UAE’s capabilities in the battle against the coronavirus which has now infected over 2.2 million people worldwide, of which 6,302 have been recorded in the UAE.
150 volunteers from @Watani Al Emarat Foundation contribute to setting up #Dubai field hospital, as part of the 'Your City Needs You' volunteering campaign, launched through the 'Day for Dubai' app. pic.twitter.com/R0PEaZk09t— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) April 18, 2020
The UAE authorities had also announced that more field hospitals and Fever Clinics are scheduled to open in an advanced attempt to offer the best treatments for all COVID-19 patients in the UAE as well as to contain the spread of the virus. “When it comes to the increase of hospital surge capacity, we are prepared for all scenarios. We have put an integrated plan in place for all hospitals,” shared Humaid Al Qatami, Director General of Dubai Health Authority.
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