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UAE: Strict Covid protocols are silently fighting other viruses
SM Ayaz Zakir | Khaleej Times
Filed on 2021-05-17
Strict adherence to Covid-19 protocols have had one positive spinoff - a significant decline in influenza cases, healthcare experts in the UAE say.  Since the Covid-19 pandemic last year, healthcare specialists and researchers have noted a sudden drop in flu cases, even as SARS COV 2 has been dominating all the headlines.  Dr Rajesh Kumar Gupta, Specialist Internal Medicine at Burjeel Specialty Hospital, Sharjah, said: “Flu cases have significantly dropped by 95 per cent, rather vanish from the UAE. There is not a single case reported in last few months in our OPD clinic, as we are getting negative Influenza A & B swab tests in mild suspected cases.” Read the full article click here ... Read More..
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UAE records lowest daily Covid cases since Dec. 29
Ashwani Kumar | Khaleej Times
Filed on 2021-05-17
The lowest number of new Covid-19 cases so far this year has been reported on Friday.  The Ministry of Health and Prevention detected 1,452 new cases after carrying out a further 186,370 tests. It is the lowest recorded daily data since December 29 when 1,506 cases were reported. Other such figures tracked this year were 1,501 on January 4 and 1,507 on May 10.  The development coming just after the holy month of Ramadan restores hope of the pandemic situation being under control and recovery on track, said medical experts.  Dr Abdul Aneez, Medical Director, Medeor Hospital, Dubai, noted that the steady dip in new cases is a major relief for the healthcare personnel.  “The downward trajectory has been going on for weeks now. In fact, last month saw the lowest n ... Read More..
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UAE: Doctors urge people not to let their guard down
Ashwani Kumar | Khaleej Times
Filed on 2021-05-17
Despite an encouraging trend of declining new Covid-19 caseloads and more than 72 per cent of the population vaccinated, frontline doctors urge people not to let their guards down and continue wearing masks and taking precautionary measures. On Saturday, the UAE reported 1,321 new cases - the lowest ever so far this year. And since April there has been a constant slide in the recorded infections. Also, till date nearly 11.5 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered. Separately, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in its updated guidelines advised that fully-vaccinated people need not wear masks or follow safe-distancing while outdoors and indoors. However, medical experts in the UAE, alarmed by the deadly variant of the Indian virus, have stressed tha ... Read More..
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UAE: These medics are working on Eid Al Fitr so we can celebrate
Saman Haziq | Khaleej Times
Filed on 2021-05-13
Dr. Maisaa Al Sulaiman, specialist family medicine, Burjeel Speciality Hospital , Sharjah  Dr Al Sulaiman has been a practicing doctor in the UAE for over a decade and has spent most of her Eids on duty. The lady of the house will be leaving her husband and four children at home as she heads to serve her patients in the afternoon.  “It is very a tough decision to be working on Eid when you have a family at home, but this is a pledge I took when I became a doctor that duty towards humanity will always come first. For me, my patients and my whole healthcare fraternity are like my family and I have a certain sense of responsibility towards them too. Come rain or shine, we healthcare professionals have to be ready to sacrifice our personal time to serve the community, which i ... Read More..