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Dubai hospitals suspend non-essential surgeries

Dubai Health Authority (DHA) on January 21 ordered the suspension of non-essential surgeries for a month in Dubai hospitals and clinics.

The suspension was, according to DHA, is “in line with efforts to ensure the highest quality of care to the community.”

The suspension will apply for all hospitals licensed by DHA as well as day surgical clinics. It took effect immediately and will last until February February 19, according to a report by Khaleej Times.

“This decision is aimed at ensuring that the most critical health issues are prioritised,” the Dubai Media Office tweeted.

DHA said applies only to elective therapeutic surgeries that require deep sedation or general anesthesia.

Elective surgeries that are medical emergencies will be allowed. These include, but are not limited to neurosurgical procedures, fractures and corrective orthopaedic procedures, cardiological and radiological interventions, stone and urological stent removals, and other urgent procedures in general surgery, ophthalmology, paediatrics, obstetrics, gynaecology and other specialities.

The suspension will be extended if necessary, according to an advisory posted on DHA’s website.

The DHA further explained that the suspension is meant to help authorities manage the cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and ensure the preparedness of health facilities. (CC)

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