x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Mobile clinic set up at Saudi border

Seha, the health services company of Abu Dhabi, will aid travellers with a mobile clinic.

ABU DHABI // A mobile clinic has been set up at the Saudi Arabian border to treat minor ailments of travellers as they enter or leave the country.

Seha, the health services company of Abu Dhabi, has stationed the mobile clinic near the Al Ghweifat border crossing in Sila until Thursday.

The clinic will be staffed by two doctors and two nurses, and will provide travellers and residents of the area with primary health care from 8am until 8pm daily.

"We took this initiative to provide better healthcare services in the emirate of Abu Dhabi to support the season of travel and tourism, especially for travellers by road," said Rashid Al Qubaisi, the acting director of ambulatory healthcare services at Seha.

"We put one of our mobile clinics at the port of Ghweifat to provide medical assistance for travellers, and to offer guidelines on health and medical education through brochures and leaflets promoting the culture of safe travel and healthy tourism."

The clinic will be used to treat minor complaints such as colds, sore throats, respiratory problems and ear and eye infections.

The clinic will also be able to treat sprains and minor limb injuries, minor burns, minor skin infections or rashes, headaches and minor asthma attacks.

Transport will also be co-ordinated for patients to nearby hospitals, clinics or health centres if needed.

Seha often sends mobile clinics to remote areas to treat those who are have no access to health centres.

The clinics are also sent to large events that require a first-aid station, such as international sporting competitions or entertainment events. The clinics can treat up to 350 patients a day.

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