They say desperate times call for desperate measures, but the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) is keeping its aggressive efforts to remain on top of the extraordinary situation brought by the coronavirus pandemic.
This reflects the Dubai government’s commitment to boosting its efforts in curbing the spread of the virus in the emirate, as well as providing necessary care and treatment to those directly affected by the pandemic.
New Dubai Coronavirus Facility at Rashid Hospital Now Completed
According to the announcement by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), the new facility will serve not only as a treatment location for coronavirus cases but also for other illnesses.
The completion of the integrated building strictly observes the highest international standards in place for self-isolation and intensive care at Rashid Hospital.
Moreover, the facility was established to enhance the hospital’s capabilities and raise its capacity.
In a video tweeted by the DHA, the isolation and intensive-care ward for COVID-19 patients can be seen built from the ground-up adjacent to Rashid Hospital in the emirate in less than a week.
Our life heroes from our engineering team know no impossible. In less than a week DHA built an isolation and intensive building near #RashidHospital with the necessary medical equipment in every room. pic.twitter.com/VwA91mH084
— هيئة الصحة بدبي (@DHA_Dubai) April 19, 2020
The time-lapse video also includes footages of engineers and welders working together to construct the facility which was reportedly built to international standards such as Class NICU.
In the video, every room is seen to be fitted with a fresh air circulation mechanism and is complete with medical appliances and equipment.
Moreover, filters and air purifiers were integrated into the facility as part of the enhanced infection control measure.
The video also shows that there are dedicated offices for doctors and nurses.
Earlier, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, inaugurated a new field hospital at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).
The other recently opened DWTC facility has a 3,000-bed capacity and has around 800 beds dedicated for intensive care unit patients.
Earlier this month, Humaid Al Qatami, director general of DHA said that the emirate was in the process of constructing two field hospitals in preparation for any increase in the number of COVID-19 infections.
The DHA director-general added that Dubai has already 4,000-5,000 hospital beds available to coronavirus patients and that these field hospitals – the first of which is now open at DWTC – would allow the authorities to cope with thousands of more patients who may require treatment and hospitalization.
In the meantime, some quarantine patients were being kept in five-star hotels and said that these hotels could also possibly be converted into hospitals if the need arises.
As the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise in the emirate and on a global scale, world leaders are constantly exploring new ways and enforcing measures to “flatten the curve” and to avoid any more casualties, as part of the major setbacks caused by the virus among populations and societies.
In the meantime, the UAE government has declared that it will be extending its national sterilization program for another week as part of its efforts to contain the effects of the virus in the country.