Her Excellency Dr. Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, Minister of Public Health and His Excellency Mr Abdulla bin Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Subaie, Minister of Municipality and Environment inspected the newly established Umm Slal quarantine compound as part of the precautionary and preventive measures taken by the government against COVID-19.
The Ministers examined the health capabilities and equipment at the expansive compound which has been prepared to receive any case requiring quarantine. During the visit, the Ministers toured the compound and inspected the preparedness and were briefed by the medical team on the compound’s readiness to receive cases that are qualified for quarantine, in addition to the services that the compound provides such as a clinic and other facilities.
The Ministers were also briefed on the response plans to receive quarantine cases according to the highest safety and security measure and global health standards.
Umm Slal quarantine compound is composed of 32 buildings with capacity for 18,000 beds and will be available once the compound is fully equipped in the next few weeks.
The compound currently contains 4,000 beds and will reach 8,000 beds in the next week. It has been fully equipped to ensure comfort, safety and entertainment needs in addition to the necessary health services for quarantined people.
HE Dr. Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, Minister of Public Health thanked the frontline medical teams for their efforts to confront COVID-19 and to protect the society. HE Al Kuwari also praised the collaboration within the community at large to follow precautionary measures to protect themselves, their families and the wider community.
The visit comes as part of a number of field visits by health leaders at MOPH and HMC to ensure the implementation of preparedness and readiness plans to prevent coronavirus in addition to other precautionary measures taken in this regard.
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