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Combating coronavirus: Dubai takes intensive measures at labour accommodations amid Covid-19 outbreak Filed on May 5, 2020 | Last updated on May 5, 2020 at 10.46 pm
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Regular field visits are organised to carry out proactive Covid-19 tests and raise awareness on the virus.

Dubai authorities are intensifying precautionary measures at labour accommodations to safeguard the health and wellbeing of blue-collar workers amid the Covid-19 outbreak. The extensive measures are part of Dubai's campaign to counter the virus in high-density labour accommodation facilities.

Teams from the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), Covid-19 Command and Control Centre, Dubai Police, the Permanent Committee for Labour Affairs and the private sector are working closely to ensure labourers remain safe.

Measures taken to protect labourers

Regular field visits are organised to carry out proactive Covid-19 tests and raise awareness on the virus.

Workers who test positive are quarantined, while those who require medical care are hospitalised. Suspected cases are isolated and subjected to tests to ensure all workers are free of the virus. Currently, extensive Covid-19 tests are being conducted at a number of labour accommodations in Dubai.

Inspection teams regularly assess labour accommodations and ensure buildings meet health and safety requirements. Authorities are also supervising large-scale sterilisation operations at labour camps.

Furthermore, workers are being provided with health guidelines in multiple languages to ensure they are clearly understood. The health guidelines aim to educate labourers about the virus, its transmission and essential precautions for protecting themselves and the community. Awareness of precautionary guidelines and essential hygiene practices such as washing hands, wearing face masks and social distancing are critical in combating the virus.

The campaign conducted in various labour accommodations has played a significant role in reducing the spread of the virus. Authorities have provided their best medical personnel to implement the campaign in collaboration with the private sector. They have also provided all equipment necessary to conduct widespread tests. Precautionary measures are being implemented according to global best practices. 

Staff Reporter

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