All private sector healthcare facilities in Abu Dhabi were declared free of Covid-19 cases on Friday. This marks a major step in the Capital's road to recovery from the pandemic.
A total of 17 hospitals - nine under VPS Healthcare, seven NMC Healthcare and Ain Al Khaleej Hospital - have all discharged their last patients. However, those suffering from any respiratory symptoms have been asked to visit specialised hospitals designated for Covid-19 cases in Sheikh Khalifa Medical City and Al Ain Hospital.
Last month, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Healthpoint and Imperial College London Diabetes Centre, Mediclinic hospitals in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain said they were free of coronavirus cases.
Dr Shamsheer Vayalil, chairman and managing director, VPS Healthcare, said it was a privilege to have supported the UAE leadership during the pandemic.
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"The nation has done a commendable job in flattening the curve. The number of cases has come down significantly as part of the health department's ongoing efforts in conducting massive testing, early detection and treatment mechanisms."VPS Healthcare had dedicated its newest facility Burjeel Medical City for the cause. About 400 inpatient rooms were arranged in the yet-to-be opened facility in Abu Dhabi's Mohammed bin Zayed City for treating Covid-19 patients. A full-fledged RT-PCR laboratory was also set up in the quaternary care hospital with an initial capacity of 150 per day to test 5,000 samples daily.
Burjeel Hospital, Medeor Hospital, LLH Hospital in Abu Dhabi City, Lifecare Hospital and LLH Hospital in Musaffah, Lifecare Hospital in Baniyas, Burjeel Royal Hospital and Medeor International Hospital in Al Ain are other facilities to become Covid-19 free.