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Covid-19: Frontline workers tackle vaccine hesitancy, steer UAE to 100% milestone
ashwani Kumar | Khaleej Times
Filed on 2021-12-05
Tackling Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy and rumours about adverse side-effects were the major challenges faced in the initial stages of the national vaccination programme, which was also filed with memories that will last a lifetime, said the UAE’s frontline workers as they cheer the 100 per cent eligible population receiving a single dose.  Inigo Shalini, a registered nurse, Burjeel Hospital, Dubai, has several memorable experiences to share about a long, arduous but blissful experience.  “During the peak of the pandemic, I have seen many patients struggling for breath and fighting for their life. There had been occasions when we used to pray for the patient as we could not do anything more. Fortunately, the scientific community could develop a vaccine, and the UAE was ... Read More..
‘My vision blurred...all I could utter was a single word-hospital’: How German nurse on a cruise got help from Dubai
Suchitra Bajpai Chaudhary
Filed on 2021-11-15
Dubai: A 26-year-old German nurse, who was rushed to a Dubai hospital with stroke-like symptoms while sailing off the Dubai coast, was provided accurate diagnosis and treatment and was able to fly back home in good health.   On October 24, Sophie Marie Troester, part of the crew of a ship sailing from Greece was off the Dubai coast when she fainted following a severe migraine. She manifested symptoms like stroke and experienced paralysis on the right side of her body.   Troester, who suffered from severe migraine from her younger days, had no clue how rare her migraine type was. Only the severe attack, which felt like she was undergoing a stroke, while on the cruise triggered her emergency treatment at the Medeor Hospital, Dubai where a neurologist was able to diagnose he ... Read More..
UAE-India flights: Why India scrapped PCR test requirement for kids aged below 5
Dhanusha Gokulan | Khaleej Times
Filed on 2021-11-17
Indian expatriate parents with children under the age of five have said they are relieved following India’s decision to do away with Covid-19 PCR testing for their kids. According to UAE-based paediatricians, the downward trend of Covid cases among the adult population in India could be one of the primary reasons for this decision.  Given the latest updates, agents have said that several Indian families who had refused to fly home due to the PCR testing requirement have renewed their travel plans.  On November 11, India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said children under five years of age are exempted from pre-and-post-arrival testing in India. However, if they are found to be symptomatic for Covid-19 on arrival or during the home quarantine period, they sha ... Read More..
How Indian expat in UAE controlled his blood sugar after it shot up six times the normal range
Samihah Zaman | Gulf News
Filed on 2021-11-15
Abu Dhabi: Three months ago, Rahul Kallanmarthodi received a huge shock. Almost overnight, his weight had dropped by 12kg. This was followed by a blood sugar reading of 600 mg/dl, nearly six times the regular healthy range of 110 mg/dl. “It was a diagnosis of diabetes, and the right wake-up call for me,” the 34-year-old management professional from India told Gulf News. “What you eat is key to your health. I have learnt this now, and intend to stick to the lifestyle changes that have helped me bring my condition in check,” Kallanmarthodi advised.   Something amiss The expat, who works a demanding job, had first noticed that things were amiss when he weighed himself. “I work nearly 12 hours a day, and told myself I didn’t have any time for ... Read More..