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SEHA: At the forefront of combatting Covid-19

Filed on June 18, 2020 | Last updated on June 18, 2020 at 01.47 am
Dr Marwan Al Kaabi, Acting Group Chief Operations Officer of SEHA

Equipped with world-leading technologies in its facilities across the UAE, the healthcare network brings a qualitative leap in patient care

Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) plays a key role in cooperation and coordination with the Department of Health in Abu Dhabi, and the strategic partners to implement the UAE leadership's directives, which aim at providing all the residents of Abu Dhabi with the best healthcare, Dr Marwan Al Kaabi, Acting Group Chief Operations Officer of SEHA, confirms.

As the cornerstone of the healthcare sector in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, SEHA continues to champion the UAE leadership's vision for accessible and quality healthcare. "Since our establishment, we have evolved to become the UAE's largest healthcare network, with a relentless focus on quality, patient experience and the well-being of our community," Dr Al Kaabi adds.

According to Dr Al Kaabi, SEHA's healthcare facilities are equipped with the most advanced capabilities and possess the latest technologies, equipment and supplies that enables SEHA to bring a qualitative leap in terms of patient care. This is at the hands of medical cadres distinguished in various disciplines. All the facilities of SEHA hold an international accreditation from the Joint Commission International Accreditation of health facilities (JCI), and this has played and continues to play a major role in fighting and preventing the emerging Coronavirus epidemic or Covid-19.

"The healthcare facilities for SEHA keep track of the highest international standards in dealing with patients infected with Covid-19 to ensure the provision of integrated treatment trip, ranging from preliminary examinations, passing through the treatment and follow-ups, even the symmetry patient's healing and leaving the health facility," says Dr Al Kaabi.

SEHA, through its operational management, plays a vital role in the development of pre-emptive plans to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic such as increasing the absorptive capacity building and change of practices, in addition to monitoring and continuous supervision of the conduct of field operations, making sure that it is done perfectly while maintaining the conduct of operations of the other usual medical services being provided alongside the pandemic. The company sets the operational plans, reviews and updates them continuously in cooperation and coordination with the strategic partners.

SEHA provides treatment and medical care for Covid-19 patients according to the approved therapeutic protocol and conducts the necessary tests to detect the coronavirus emerging from the national screening centres set up in all the emirates - with a total number of 23 centres. These include advanced centres for testing workers near their residences in Abu Dhabi, which were set up in implementation of the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, to detect the virus.

Dr Al Kaabi explains that Al Rahba, Al Mafraq, Al Ain, Liwa and Al Marfa hospitals in Al Dhafra area have been allocated for treating people infected with the Coronavirus, in addition to the temporary hospital established by Sheikh Khalifa Medical City affiliated to SEHA for the treatment of patients infected with Covid-19 in the capital, with a capacity of 127 rooms, including 12 rooms for families. The hospital has 20 doctors and 85 nurses working alongside pharmacists, technicians and administrators. The spacious rooms are well-equipped with all requirements and have a private bathroom and a sunny view. Phones in the rooms are equipped with visual communication services to provide direct and visual communication with the medical staff.

Sheikh Khalifa Medical City uses blood plasma to treat those infected with Covid-19 by giving the plasma taken from a person who has recovered from the Coronavirus to a person with the virus who suffers from moderate to severe symptoms. The hospital also provides the necessary medical care for children with coronavirus.

SEHA has, in cooperation and coordination with the Department of Health in Abu Dhabi and strategic partners, equipped three field hospitals in different regions of the UAE.
"This is in the context of continuing its pivotal role to support the efforts undertaken by the Emirates to combat Covid-19. One of these field hospitals is the Emirates Humanitarian city located in Mohammed bin Zayed City and occupies an area of up to 29,000 sq m. The second hospital is in Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) with a total area of 31,000 sq m, and the other field hospital is located at the Dubai Parks & Resorts and occupies a total area of 29,000 sq m," according to Dr Al Kaabi.

He explained that the three field hospitals have a capacity of about 3,400 beds and are managed by medical staff of up to 550 people who are highly trained and qualified to deal with various Covid-19 cases. These hospitals aim to support the health sector capabilities and increase its absorptive capacity and its readiness to provide care services and treatment according to the best medical standards and the highest quality. The hospitals is accommodated with 48 urgent care beds equipped with oxygen devices, where the focus is on increasing the capacity of intensive care in a greater way because of its importance in protecting the lives of those infected with the virus and reducing mortality rates.

According to Dr Al Kaabi, several sites have been allocated to Covid-19 testing and evaluation in the UAE. There have been multiple places of admission and quarantine for patients including in hospitals, home isolation, hotels or labour camps, and SEHA made sure to provide appropriate healthcare supplies to people infected with Covid-19, who receive treatment outside of health facilities.

SEHA has opened up two branches of the Covid-19 prime assessment centres - one at ADNEC and the second at Al Ain Convention Centre with a daily visitor capacity of up to 2,000 and 1,500 respectively. These centres, according to Dr Al Kaabi, are considered a great addition to the quality of the health infrastructure allocated to the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and to contain its spread. At the assessment centres, patients undergo the necessary tests, medical assessment and guidance easily, to determine the next steps at the hands of qualified medical professionals and trained volunteers speaking various languages.

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