New UAE service to help doctors reach hospitals faster in emergencies

Bin Wraiqa Service will be made available to a certain category of doctors who typically are called up by hospitals in emergency cases

Sheikh Saif bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, launches the Bin Wraiqa Service during a virtual meeting on Tuesday. Wam
Sheikh Saif bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, launches the Bin Wraiqa Service during a virtual meeting on Tuesday. Wam

A new service that helps doctors reach hospitals faster in cases of emergencies launched in the UAE on Tuesday.

The "Bin Wraiqa Service" aims to facilitate a doctor's journey, in their own vehicle, to the hospital when they are urgently called in for duty.

It was launched by Sheikh Saif bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, after the service was proposed by a doctor.

Bin Wraiqa Service helps doctors to avoid any delays due to traffic congestion while still ensuring the safety of other motorists, reported state news agency Wam.

How this is achieved was not immediately made clear but one way could be to provide eligible doctors with portable police lights that can be temporarily affixed to the medic's vehicle in case of emergency to prompt other motorists to make way.

Bin Wraiqa Service will be made available to a certain category of doctors who typically are called up by hospitals in emergency cases. Details on how to apply have been distributed to hospitals.

The service was named after Said Bin Wraiqa Al Ameri, a former aide to UAE Founding Father Sheikh Zayed.

"Bin Wraiqa excelled in folk medicine and became a famous traditional doctor treating his fellow countrymen and saving their lives," said Brig Nasser Al Kaabi, director general of happiness at the Minister of Interior.

"As such, this service is named Bin Wraiqa as a tribute to our early heroes who contributed to protecting this community and its members."

Published: July 28, 2020 10:15 PM

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