While the new Covid-19 variant has created havoc in the healthcare system in India, there’s some happy news from the UAE. April has recorded the lowest number of new infections and deaths this year across the UAE. The average daily mortality rate was 5.6 in January, 13.2 in February, 8.7 in March and 3 in April. The latest caseload brought the overall total to 521,948. Further, the number of recoveries climbed to 502,460.
Medical Experts Credit The Dip To Nationwide Vaccination Campaign
Infection rates in the UAE have witnessed a significant drop in recent weeks after hitting a peak of 3,977 cases on February 3. Medical experts credited the dip in cases and deaths to the massive nationwide vaccination and screening campaigns and provision of several vaccines for free to the masses. However, the authorities continue to stress on safety precautions and also added that the numbers will go up every time people lower their guards.
While doctors reveal that there is a day-to-day decrease in the new cases, it will take about 2-3 months for the cases to come down in hundreds. The lowest daily increase in case numbers was recorded on 4 January, when 1,501 infections were detected. Authorities recorded 1,590 cases on January 3, while 1,974 positive tests for the virus were announced on Wednesday, April 28.
As of today, more than 10.5 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered across the country, a vaccine distribution rate of 106.64 doses per 100 people. More than 41.3 million PCR nasal swab and DPI laser tests have been conducted nationwide since the outbreak began.
Besides, the UAE is also supporting countries harder hit by the pandemic. Medical supplies were sent from the Emirates to India to help it fight the coronavirus. The equipment included 157 ventilators and 480 bilevel positive airway pressure machines used to ease breathing difficulties.
UAE Healthcare Group Set Up Hospital In India As The Country Fights Second Wave Of Covid
UAE-based Aster DM Healthcare has signed a deal to set up a 50-bed Covid-19 field hospital in New Delhi. The contract is in association with Al Shifa Multispecialty Hospital, and it will support those in financial need and those who need critical care. As per the deal, Aster will support the development of the medical facility and ensure that all the necessary infrastructure is in place.
Funds will be used to purchase patient beds, medical equipment and other essentials needed to operate the field hospital. Speaking about this initiative to a leading daily, Dr Azad Moopen, Founder-Chairman and Managing Director of Aster DM Healthcare said,
“India requires aggressive measures at the moment to be able to tackle the current situation. Our 14 hospitals in India, spread across Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, are at a war footing to serve as many Covid positive patients as possible. (However), there is a sharp increase in the requirement for hospital beds being faced on a daily basis in major cities like Delhi, especially among the financially weaker segments of society.”