Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed thanks ‘pandemic heroes’ on World Health Day

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Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, marked World Health Day by thanking frontline health workers who have helped keep people safe during the coronavirus pandemic .

“On World Health Day, we express our gratitude to all the heroes who have helped fight the pandemic,” Sheikh Mohamed said on Twitter.

“We also reaffirm the importance of international cooperation and continued investment in all aspects of health for a more sustainable future for humanity.”

The UAE has been widely praised for its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic through an organized and thorough vaccination campaign and strict precautionary measures.

Frontline workers have been essential to the Emirates’ robust response to the pandemic. A number of healthcare workers have contracted the virus in the line of duty and some have died.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization, said in December that the United Arab Emirates was one of the best countries in the world to deal with the pandemic, due to the speed and flexibility of the measures they had taken.

In July 2020, President Sheikh Khalifa launched the Frontline Heroes Office to recognize the efforts of those protecting the public in times of crisis.

The Frontline Heroes Office aims to raise awareness of the role frontline workers play during crises and emergencies, while addressing their needs, addressing their priorities, and developing strategies to support them.

In October, Sheikh Mohamed ordered authorities to issue golden visas to frontline workers and their families.

Medical and other essential personnel who have worked on the front lines of the pandemic have also received help with tuition and other benefits and free flights to visit family.

World Health Day takes place every year on April 7, marking the anniversary of the founding of the WHO in 1948. It draws attention to a specific health topic of concern to people around the world.

This year, the WHO will focus global attention on “the urgent actions needed to keep people and the planet healthy and foster a movement to create well-being societies”.

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Updated: April 07, 2022, 10:45 a.m.

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