By PMA RASHEED
The Gulf Today, 17 AUg 2010
THE medical centre at Dubai International Airport carries out more than 30,000 consultations per year, according to a senior official.
Dr Amer Al Zarooni, director of Airport Medical Centre, said that an average of 2,500 references have been received at the centre each month.
“The centre covers health treatments of people in the airport’s arrival and departure sections, cargo village, engineering department, office of the civil aviation authority, fire station, runways and construction areas,” he added.
“The services of the centre for the travelers and employees at the airport have included cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary treatment and transfer of emergency cases to various hospitals for providing them medical and ambulatory care services,” Dr Al Zarooni pointed out.
He said, “More than 70 doctors and nurses equipped with the latest medical devices are present in buildings I and III of the Dubai International Airport.”
“The centre provides with vaccines for travelers and employees, monitors medical fitness of the airline staff and issues fitness certificates to them, as well as helps patient travelers to board and disembark from the plane by stretchers or wheelchairs,” he explained.
According to him, the centre is fully equipped to deal with any medical emergencies and has a rapid response plan to tackle emergency medical situations such as patients suffering from cardiac arrests, airplane accidents, etc.
The airport medical centre also organises health awareness campaigns for employees and passengers to prevent themselves from various diseases and infections. It also provides medical care to pilgrims during the Hajj season.
The medical requirements of public activities including air-show are also met at the centre,” he noted.
A high-ranking delegation from the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) had visited the airport clinic recently to inspect the facilities and services that the centre is providing particularly since Dubai Airport remains to be one of the busiest airports in the world.