Combatting coronavirus: Nearly one million medicines home-delivered for free in UAE

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The free medicine delivery focused on seniors and people of determination who require medicines on a regular basis.



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Published: Sat 18 Jul 2020, 10:50 AM

Last updated: Sat 18 Jul 2020, 7:13 PM

Nearly a million medicines have so far been delivered to patients' homes across the country, thanks to the free service being offered by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA). 
The initiative, called Dawa'ee, was initially launched for Dubai in December last year. However, challenges arising from the pandemic had prompted the authority to expand the programme to the entire country in March. With the service, residents who are vulnerable to Covid-19 - like the elderly and people of determination - receive their medications without having to step out of their homes. 

From March until the end of June, the Dawa'ee team managed to home-deliver 38,000 medical prescriptions, which included 310,000 types of medication and totalled 920,000 medicines, the DHA said. 
The free medicine delivery focused on seniors and people of determination who require medicines on a regular basis for conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure, said Dr Ali Al Sayed, director of the pharmaceutical services department at the DHA.
To boost its fleet and ensure that Dawa'ee will reach patients in different parts of the country, the DHA partnered with Talabat. 
Dr Sayed also stressed that the DHA's 21 pharmacies are working day and night to cater to visitors of outpatient clinics and hospitals. More than 2,000 medical prescriptions are now being dispensed per day. 
reporters@khaleejtimes.com
 


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