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Schools in UAE get Covid-19 clinics on wheels

Afkar Abdullah /Sharjah
afkarali@khaleejtimes.com Filed on October 2, 2020
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They are equipped with isolation rooms, where anyone with symptoms can stay until medics confirm that they are not infected.

A number of private schools in the country now have mobile medical clinics on campus as part of efforts to keep students and staff safe from Covid-19 and prevent the spread of the virus.

These clinics are equipped with isolation rooms, where anyone with symptoms can stay until medics confirm that they are not infected. They will be allowed to stay in the room for up to 18 hours, Khaleej Times has learnt.

Mahalakshmi Suni, a nurse at a private school in Sharjah, said the mobile clinic's medical team also checks the temperature of students, teachers and staff regularly. Medical examinations are done on board, too.

"The school used to have only a small clinic where a doctor and a nurse could attend to students who fall sick or sustain injuries. Now, with Covid-19 still around, the school has decided to step up efforts for everyone's health and safety," Suni said.

Sama American School in Sharjah is among the campuses who have launched a mobile clinic to strengthen their safety measures as students have started coming to class. "We are cooperating with the inspection teams of the Sharjah Private Education Authority and they have been providing us with all the support," said the school's director Hassan Sabah.

Lotfia Baraka, director of Al Shula Private School in Sharjah, said a number of health units have been prepared ahead of schools' reopening. "The unit will make the process of monitoring cases easily."

At GEMS Winchester School in Fujairah, a special team has been formed to sterilise the mobile clinic regularly, said Abdul Haq Alman, an administrator on the campus.

The Ministry of Education, in coordination with the Ministry of Health and Prevention and private schools, has tapped private firms to set up the mobile clinics, an official has said.

afkarali@khaleejtimes.com 

Afkar Abdullah





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