Health card renewal at Hatta centre

DUBAI - The Hatta Medical Centre, run by the Dubai Department of Health and Medical Services (Dohms), has now started renewing expired health cards for residents of the area.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Tue 27 Jul 2004, 11:49 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:49 PM

Dr Nazeer Taher, the doctor in charge of Hatta Medical Centre, said the centre now renews the health cards for those seeking the medical centre's services, in view of the long distances residents of Hatta and surrounding areas have to travel to the Health Card Centre in Dubai to renew their cards.

He said that in the last year alone 32,917 people visited the Hatta Medical Centre, adding that in the first six months of the current year a total of 14,136 people utilised the services of the medical centre. On average, each day the centre receives around 79 patients.

Dr Taher said the centre offers curative and preventive medical services to both citizens and expatriate residents alike, in addition to managing emergency cases referred to it, whether as the result of road accidents or other accidents, receiving such cases around the clock and offering first aid and other emergency medical services.

He said that critical cases that require transfer to a bigger hospital would be taken either by ambulance or by helicopter, in coordination with Dubai Police, to hospitals in the city. He said that cases of snake bites or scorpion stings are treated quickly and effectively at the centre.

Dr Taher said the centre is open to receive patients in its clinics from 7.30am up to 10.30pm. The clinics at the centre include the ophthalmology clinic, family medicine clinic, dental clinic, paediatric clinic and maternity clinic, in addition to a dental laboratory for preparing dentures as well as a laboratory for testing medical samples.

He said that each clinic has an initial assessment room where nurses take a patient's temperature and blood pressure and administer other diagnostic tests after which the patient is transferred to the appropriate doctor and clinic accompanied with a preliminary report on his condition. The medical centre also provides vaccinations for children - from two-week-old neonates to children of school going age.

The centre serves a community of 19,000 people in Hatta and surrounding villages. There are around 11,000 registered health card holders at the centre, which serves Hatta, as well as the villages of Masfout, Mazira, Wadi Al Hilu, Wadi Al Qor, Al Mani'i, Al Huwailat, Madam and Shuweeb. The centre was set up by the Dohms in 1982.

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