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Door-to-door Covid-19 testing expanded to densely populated areas in Abu Dhabi

Ismail Sebugwaawo /Abu Dhabi
ismail@khaleejtimes.com Filed on October 12, 2020 | Last updated on October 12, 2020 at 06.51 am
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The free tests are being carried out in coordination with authorities and volunteers.

Medical teams are visiting various areas of Abu Dhabi in a renewed and expanded testing campaign to identify potential Covid-19 cases.

Frontline heroes are conducting tests in densely populated areas of the emirate, the Abu Dhabi Government Media Office said on Twitter.

The free tests are being carried out in coordination with the Department of Health (DoH) - Abu Dhabi, Seha, the Abu Dhabi Police and volunteers.

Captain Dr Aisha Al Maamari, field coordinator from the Abu Dhabi Police, said they are currently in Shakbout City to screen as many people as possible. Mass screening in Abu Dhabi started in April targeting industrial areas, including Musaffah. Door-to-door tests were also carried out in highly populated residential areas of the emirate.

The cooperation between partners for a common goal has helped achieve the mission quickly and efficiently, said Mansour Salem Al Qubaisi from the Ambulatory Health Services at Seha.

Frontliner Captain Ali Alfarsi, from the Abu Dhabi Police, added: "We are here to protect the field workers and everyone else and let them know that we are here to help them."

Emirates Foundation provided volunteers for the mission, said Hassan Al Ali, a foundation employee. "Volunteers have been with us for five to six months and we are still working with the same enthusiasm. Volunteers' families constantly encouraged us, regardless of how long their sons and daughters were required to stay away from home."

Abdullah Al Hamed, chairman of DoH - Abu Dhabi, had earlier said the emirate had set a solid example in fighting this pandemic and ongoing tests were an essential element to flatten the curve and curb the spread of the virus.

The UAE has become the first country in the world where the number of Covid-19 tests conducted has exceeded its population (among countries with a population of more than one million). The country has conducted 10.8 million tests since the start of the pandemic, with 136,430 daily tests at present, according to the Ministry of Health and Prevention.

The ministry had stressed its aim to continue expanding the scope of testing nationwide to facilitate the early detection of coronavirus cases and carry out the necessary treatment.

ismail@khaleejtimes.com 

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Ismail Sebugwaawo

A professional journalist originating from Kampala, Uganda, Ismail is a happy father with strong attachment to family and great values for humanity. He has practiced journalism in UAE for the past 13 years, covering the country's parliament (FNC) and crimes, including Abu Dhabi Police, public prosecution and courts. He also reports about important issues in education, public health and the environment, with a keen interest in human interest stories. When out of reporting duties, he serves the Ugandan community in Abu Dhabi as he wants to see his countrymen happy. Exercising and reading are part of his free time.


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