As the UAE continues to enforce important measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the government has also taken into consideration the special needs of people who are most vulnerable to the virus, which include the elderly as well as people of determination.
In line with this, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces announced on Sunday (April 12) that the government is launching a home testing program to humanely accommodate people of determination, who are more at risk in the current outbreak than anyone else in the country.
UAE Rolls Out Home Testing Program for People of Determination
In a tweet, the UAE leader shared: “As the UAE continues to work to prevent the spread of COVID-19, I applaud today’s launch of the National Home Testing Program for People of Determination. It is essential that the UAE continues to ensure all segments of the community has adequate access to testing facilities.”
To date, the UAE has so far conducted nearly 650,000 COVID-19 tests, it was announced on Saturday at a Ministry of Health and Prevention virtual conference.
As the UAE continues to work to prevent the spread of COVID-19, I applaud todays launch of the National Home Testing Program for People of Determination. It is essential that the UAE continues to ensure all segments of the community have adequate access to testing facilities.
— محمد بن زايد (@MohamedBinZayed) April 12, 2020
Meanwhile, netizens lauded the government’s efforts to include people of determination among those who need prompt and direct care through the provision of home-based testing.
Through this program, the UAE government has intensified its efforts to detect and treat people affected by COVID-19. Starting last week, the government has also opened up several drive-thru test centers at strategic locations in the Emirates.
In the past, the UAE has been acknowledged for its humanitarian efforts as embodied by its former leaders, promoting the values of equality and tolerance for all kinds of people across various sectors in society. And this initiative further puts a stamp on the UAE leaders’ commitment to these values in various settings and changing circumstances.
The initiative also highlights the importance of one of the government’s major campaigns – the #StayAtHome Campaign, which aims to slow down the transmission of the deadly virus within communities for a certain period of time alongside with other efforts such as the National Sanitization Program which bolsters environmental hygiene through disinfection services rendered by frontline healthcare workers in partnership with the government.
Because of these efforts, the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention as of Sunday (April 12) has announced 387 new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the country, bringing the total number of registered cases to 4,123.
The ministry also announced 92 recoveries and two deaths, which brings the death toll in the country to 22.
The intensified examination procedures in the country have led to the detection of more cases, all of which are stable and subject to the necessary healthcare.
As more cases get detected each day, the UAE government hopes that through its intensified and consistent efforts, these numbers will eventually drop to manageable levels until such time that a cure for the virus is finally available for use and mass treatment.