x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Mobile clinic visits Sharjah

More than 150 patients were treated during the first day of the Emirates Mobile Hospital in Sharjah.

SHARJAH // The Emirates Mobile Hospital visited Sharjah for the first time yesterday, treating 153 patients who needed tests and outpatient services.

Dr Adel al Shamry, the hospital's director, said it had already visited rural areas in Abu Dhabi, Fujairah and Ajman.

"We are expecting to receive 3,000 visitors and patients during the next weeks and train more than 200 administrative, medical and technical staff in the field of emergency relief response, heart resuscitation and patient care," he said.

Hospital workers were particularly concerned with helping residents better understand how to maintain their health, specifically to prevent heart disease, said Dr Hanif Hassan Ali al Qassim, UAE Minister of Health, at the hospital's launch yesterday.

"During the coming weeks, the hospital will provide diagnosis and preventive services and training programs for all the community members," Dr al Qassim said.

Muzzafar Ali, 35, a Syrian, brought his mother to the hospital to have heart tests yesterday. "This generous gesture to bring us these free medical services is part of the UAE, and we are happy," he said, "to be here."

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