Abu Dhabi’s SEHA builds three field hospitals to combat COVID-19

The UAE’s largest healthcare network, the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), has established three field hospitals in line with the directives of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

HH Sheikh Khalid bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, and chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office, visited the field hospitals in the Emirates Humanitarian City, located in Mohammed bin Zayed city in Abu Dhabi, and the Abu Dhabi Exhibition Centre, to review their readiness and medical equipment.

Construction of the 29,000m2 field hospital in the Emirates Humanitarian City will be finalised by the first week of May. The hospital will be managed by a medical team of 200 healthcare professionals, with a capacity to serve 1,200 patients.

The second hospital in the Abu Dhabi Exhibition Centre, which covers 31,000m2, is capable of catering to 1,000 patients and is staffed by a medical team of 150 healthcare professionals.

Construction of the 29,000m2 third field hospital in Dubai Parks and Resorts is expected to be completed by the end of April. It will be operated by a medical team of 200 healthcare professionals, and will serve 1,200 patients.

The field hospital in the Abu Dhabi Exhibition Centre was built in partnership with Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) and in adherence to international standards.

This field hospital demonstrates the strength of partnership between SEHA and ADNEC, the state-run news agency, Wam, reported.

To ensure world-class patient experience, the new ADNEC field hospital will include quarantine patient rooms that are equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment; recreational facilities which will enable patients to look after their health and fitness needs; and free high-speed internet services along with a personal iPad for each patient and shared TVs hosting various films and programmes.

Patients will also be given the opportunity to participate in engaging activities organised by ADNEC during their stay.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Hamed, chairman of the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, said: “We are proud to partner with the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) as we continue to ensure the healthcare sector’s absolute readiness to meet the needs of the community and provide quality healthcare services.”

Salem Al Noaimi, chairman of SEHA, added: “It is important to emphasise that the establishment of the new field hospitals is not a response to existing demand, but instead is a precautionary measure to ensure that we have the capabilities to care for each and every patient in the event we are faced with an influx of positive coronavirus cases.”

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