Field hospital opens at Dubai World Trade Centre


His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, has opened a field hospital at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), as the emirate prepares to treat more cases of COVID-19.

In a series of tweets, His Highness announced that the facility was opened on Saturday. 

He wrote that the government is  constantly enhancing its capabilities in light of the current global health crisis.

Sheikh Hamdan was briefed by the Head of Dubai’s COVID-19 Command and Control Center Dr. Amer Al Sharif about the first phase of the field hospital with a capacity of 300 beds.

The field hospital, which treats mild to moderate cases, can be expanded to reach a maximum capacity of 3000 beds, boosting the city’s capacity to up to 9,000.

Critical cases are quickly transferred to mainline hospitals to receive intensive treatment.

Sheikh Hamdan was also updated by Chief Executive Officer of the Primary Health Care Services Sector of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) Dr. Manal Taryam about the different aspects of the field hospital including equipment and operational strategy.

Sheikh Hamdan praised the preventive measures outlined by the Ministry of Health and Prevention, which have been praised globally, as well as the exceptional efforts of local health authorities.

Appreciating DHA’s efforts, he thanked all workers on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19 including medical, nursing, paramedical and administrative staff, as well as fieldworkers.

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