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Combating coronavirus: Dental, traditional medicine services to resume in Dubai

Dhanusha Gokulan (Principal Correspondent)/Dubai Filed on May 19, 2020 | Last updated on May 20, 2020 at 12.33 am
Combating coronavirus, covid19, Dental, ENT, traditional medical services, resume, Dubai

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Physical therapy, chiropractor, and osteopathy services will resume as well.

A number of outpatient care facilities - including alternative medicine centres, dental clinics, ENT and physical therapy - are set to resume operations in Dubai, Khaleej Times has learnt.

In its latest circular to private medical operators, the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) said among those that will be allowed to reopen are centres for Ayurveda, naturopathy, homoeopathy, Chinese herbal medicine and Greek medicine. The DHA suspended these services late March.

For dental and ENT (ear, nose, throat) clinics, treatment will be limited to emergencies and urgent cases based on the assessment of the physician. These include acute dental pain, severe infections, injuries and trauma, orthodontics, root canal treatments, the circular said.

All other appointments shall be postponed for public safety, it added. Physical therapy, chiropractor, and osteopathy services will resume as well.

The DHA said the decision was made in line with the gradual resumption of various activities in Dubai, while taking into consideration the commitment and full compliance with all precautionary measures.

Upon reopening, these facilities are required to carry out disinfection on a daily basis. Regular sterilisation, especially in reception areas, consultation rooms, operation rooms and elevators, must be conducted and documented.

"All health facilities (that will) resume operations will be subject to strict inspections to ensure compliance with the protocol for re-opening outpatient care services in Dubai," added the circular. 


Dhanusha Gokulan

Originally from India, Dhanusha Gokulan has been working as a journalist for 10 years. She has a keen interest in writing about issues that plague the common person and will never turn down a human interest story. She completed her Bachelor in Arts in Journalism, Economics and English Literature from Mangalore University in 2008. In her spare time, she dabbles with some singing/songwriting, loves travelling and Audible is her favourite mobile application. Tweet at her @wordjunkie88

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