The UAE has received praise from various Arab ambassadors for its recent humanitarian efforts to evacuate 215 people from Hubei, China and place them at a dedicated community – the Emirates Humanitarian City.
Despite the rise in the number of coronavirus infections all over the world, the UAE leadership stepped up to provide the evacuees with the necessary monitoring and preventative medical care following their evacuation from the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak – China’s Hubei Province.
[Video] Emirates Humanitarian City Hosts 215 Evacuees from Hubei, China
With its resources and technology, the UAE was able to set up the Emirates Humanitarian City within 48 hours of the decision issued by the UAE leadership, highlighting the country’s humanitarian aid and medical care capabilities during times of crisis, as shared in a report by WAM.
The Emirates Humanitarian City has been established with the highest of standards to facilitate high-quality care for individuals admitted, ensuring their privacy and dignity are maintained throughout their stay. Entertainment facilities – both indoor and outdoor – are provided for evacuees. Medicines, food and produce, and other essential items will also be provided all throughout their stay.
In line with this, public and private sector entities in the UAE have joined forces to ensure that this ambitious project is completed within a record period, embodying the UAE’s steadfast approach to assisting those in need.
Commenting on the project, Mattar Al Nuaimi, Medical Response Team Leader at the Department of Health, explained that the preparation behind Emirates Humanitarian City to receive the evacuees embodies the UAE’s spirit and inherent approach to provide humanitarian aid and assistance to anyone in need since its foundation by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
“What we see today is the continuation of Sheikh Zayed’s legacy, standing by and supporting individuals during difficult circumstances.” Al Nuaimi explained.
He added that all necessary medical equipment and supplies have been provided and installed at the City.
Moreover, a special preventative health center was set up to accommodate the individuals who will be placed under a 14-day quarantine, the average incubation period of the COVID-19 virus.
The Health Department’s Medical Response Team Leader explained that individuals will be first escorted off the plane upon their arrival in the UAE, with initial medical and laboratory tests being carried out. Individuals will then be transferred to the preventative care center at the Emirates Humanitarian City for two weeks.
Furthermore, on-site medical teams will conduct all necessary tests and health care procedures to ensure the overall well-being of the individuals.
For his part, Dr. Saif Jumaa Al Dhaheri, Director of Safety and Prevention at the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority, NCEMA, noted that the Emirates Humanitarian City was established and designed with all necessary equipment and furnishings to ensure that individuals are provided with a comfortable environment while receiving the best medical care possible.
The UAE’s decision to fly in Arab nationals stranded in the coronavirus epicenter of Hubei province in China is a bold move that should be commended not only by those in authority, but also by every resident in the UAE as this signifies the country’s commitment to its humanitarian values of respect, tolerance, and goodwill.
At a time when countries around the world are placing border controls, this gesture of hosting the evacuees demonstrates the UAE’s confidence in its robust health care sector.