Hospital built by UAE in Rawalpindi at forefront of fight against Covid-19


ISLAMABAD: More than 10,000 people have been treated for COVID-19 at the Pakistan-Emirates Military Hospital (PEMH) in Rawalpindi since March, a senior hospital official told Arab News on Saturday.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, the hospital served as a dedicated treatment and research center for coronavirus patients and treated over 10,000 patients of varying severity by offering a full spectrum of treatment ranging from ventilatory support to stem cell therapy and generating valuable research during the course of crisis,” Major General Mahmood Sultan, Commandant PEMH, added.

Hospital staff busy in their professional activities at Pakistan-Emirates Military Hospital (PEMH) in Rawalpindi.

Launched in May 2017, under the UAE-Pakistan Assistance Program (UAEPAP), the PEMH was built at the cost of $108 million and is one of several facilities tasked with fighting the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

“The PEMH is the largest ISO-9001-2015 certified hospital of Pakistan Armed Forces which offers state of the art indoor and outdoor multidisciplinary care to its patients,” Sultan said, adding that it can “expand its bed capacity from 1,000 to 1,500 beds” and draws its “strength from its academic credentials.”
“It is an affiliated teaching hospital for undergraduate medical students of the Army Medical College and is also recognized in 24 disciplines for postgraduate training of doctors,” Sultan said.

In addition to facilitating Pakistan in its anti-coronavirus fight, the UAE has also sent three shipments containing 18.3 tons of medical aid and food supplies and 20,000 coronavirus testing kits, in the past three months.

Other development measures include the reconstruction of seven health facilities in Swat, Bajaur, and Dir districts after they were destroyed by floods in 2010, while work is underway for the provision of four more hospitals in South Waziristan, at a total cost of $125 million.