Dubai - The hospital is considered one of the key projects carried out in Pakistan recently.
Published: Sat 25 Jul 2020, 2:43 PM
Last updated: Sat 25 Jul 2020, 11:08 PM
Over 10,000 Covid-19 patients have benefitted from a 1,400-bed hospital in Pakistan built by the UAE. The Pakistani-Emirati Military Hospital in Rawalpindi has been providing medical treatment, thanks to the UAE's humanitarian and developmental initiatives to combat pandemics and natural calamities. In the last three months, the UAE sent three shipments of medical aid to Pakistan, totally weighing 18.3 tonnes, in addition to 20,000 coronavirus testing devices to help over 18,300 medical workers. Operated by 350 doctors, 800 nursing staff and 1,500 technical and administrative staff, the hospital can cater to between 6,000 and 9,000 patients daily - three million people in a year. The $108 million hospital, co-funded by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development and the Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, was built in line with the directives of the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan; His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces; and Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs. "The UAE leadership has shown keen interest in supporting several humanitarian initiatives in Pakistan in many developmental and humanitarian areas," said Abdullah Khalifa Al Ghafli, director of the UAE's Pakistan Assistance Programme (UAEPAP). He also attributed the hospital's success in assisting the Pakistani government and army in combating Covid-19 to the wise approach of the UAE leadership in solidarity with the people of Pakistan. "In late February, we developed a strategy to deal with the pandemic and started taking all necessary precautions, including isolating and treating the patients in a specially-created unit," said Major-General Professor Salman Saleem, director of the Pakistani-Emirati Military Hospital, adding that the hospital, which was built in 2013, is among the biggest and most important military health projects in Pakistan.