Combating coronavirus: Pakistan Association Dubai's medical team assists DHA

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Dubai - The team will be taking care of 500 patients at a Covid-19 centre.

By Saman Haziq

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Published: Mon 13 Apr 2020, 1:10 PM

Last updated: Tue 14 Apr 2020, 9:20 AM

Calling it a national call of duty, the medical wing of Pakistan Association Dubai has joined hands with various other organisations to serve at one of the Covid-19 centres supported by the Dubai Health Authority.

Through its strong database of volunteers, the PAD medical wing has managed to assist the DHA authorities with doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals.

"These healthcare professionals are serving at the Covid-19 centre with around 500 people at one of the isolation facilities of DHA. The community centre sent out an appeal for healthcare volunteers two weeks back," said Dr. Nighat Aftab, president of the medical wing that is leading the initiative.

"Two hundred people came forward to offer their services to a country that is a second home to Pakistanis. As healthcare professionals it is our responsibility to serve our people in this hour of need without a second thought," she said.

"We are proud to say that as a community organisation we have adopted a unit which can serve approximately five hundred infected people at one time" noted Dr. Faisel Ikram, president, PAD who is personally volunteering his services at the same facility.

"These are testing times. We believe in growing together and this is a perfect gesture from the Pakistani community to show solidarity to the UAE. The country which has provided livelihoods to so many Pakistanis. The members of PAD will join hands and fulfil all the requirements. The community has always believed in social cohesion and tolerance," added Dr. Ikram.

In the last 10 years of free medical camps at PAD, patients of all nationalities have been served without discrimination.

"We will continue to do whatever we can to support the authorities to beat Covid-19, volunteering is the backbone of PAD," asserted Dr. Ikram urging the Pakistani community to come forward and support the cause.

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