Sheikh Hamdan opens COVID-19 field hospital at Dubai World Trade Centre

HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, has opened the field hospital in Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) intensifying the UAE’s fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

During his visit, the Dubai Crown Prince was accompanied by H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management.

Phase 1 of the field hospital comprises 300 beds that is being set up at one of the halls in DWTC, the UAE’s Emirates News Agency reported.

Sheikh Hamdan’s remarks came as he visited the field hospital, set up in the Dubai World Trade Centre, DWTC.

Commenting on the development of the field hospital, Sheikh Hamdan said that the initiative had been implemented according to a proactive strategy that took into consideration all possible scenarios.

As part of the visit, Sheikh Hamdan also reviewed the task forces’ efforts to provide the highest level of safety by monitoring potential and confirmed cases of COVID-19, and taking relevant measures to contain the spread of the pandemic.

Head of Dubai’s COVID-19 command and control Centre, Dr. Amer Al Sharif, briefed the Dubai Crown Prince about the field hospital, which treats mild to moderate cases, with critical cases being transferred immediately to main hospitals to receive intensive treatment. He said that the facility could be expanded to reach a maximum capacity of 3,000 beds.

Meanwhile, the CEO of the primary healthcare services sector of the Dubai Healthcare Authority (DHA), Dr. Manal Taryam, explained about the equipment and operational strategy of the field hospital.

The Dubai Crown Prince also inspected various facilities at the field hospital and met with medics and operators of the facility.

Dubai Media Office shared on its official Twitter account a video on how the field hospital was set up by 150 volunteers from Watani Al Emarat Foundation as part of the ‘Your City Needs You’ volunteering campaign, launched through the ‘Day for Dubai’ app.

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