DHA hospitals in Dubai suspend non-urgent dental treatments as Covid-19 cases increase

Urgent procedures carried out at select health centres with strict precautionary measures

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Dubai Health Authority hospitals and clinics suspended non-urgent dental treatments as Covid-19 cases rise across the country, the emirate's health authority said.

Urgent dental procedures are being carried out at select facilities.

Al Mizhar Health Centre, Nad Al Hamar Health Centre, Al Barsha Health Centre, Al Safa Health Centre, Al Mamzar Health Centre (for children only), Rashid Hospital and Hatta Hospital will accept patients from Sunday to Thursday between 7.30am and 9.30pm.

The procedures are being done with strict preventative measures in place. Staff are being asked to wear “special masks, face shields, gloves and medical gowns that cover the entire body" the DHA said.

“Other measures implemented at the facilities include ensuring physical distancing between customers and comprehensive sterilisation after each patient.

“This is a precautionary measure to protect patients and healthcare personnel from Covid-19 and prevent its spread.”

Last week, hospitals in Dubai were instructed to cancel all non-essential surgery for a month.

The ban will last until February 19, the DHA said.

The emirate later prohibited all live entertainment in hotels and restaurants and limited the number of diners permitted to sit together at one table.

On Tuesday, the UAE announced 3,601 new cases, extending its streak of record infections to 15 days.

The latest daily high brought the country’s tally since the pandemic began to 285,147.

A further 3,890 patients received the all-clear as the recovery total rose to 259,194.

Seven patients died, taking the country’s toll to 805.