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Jeddah Field Hospital Receives 500 COVID-19 Patients

Jeddah Field Hospital Receives 500 COVID-19 Patients

Tuesday, 11 August, 2020 - 10:45
A general view shows an empty street after a curfew was imposed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, March 23, 2020. REUTERS/Ahmed Yosri

The coronavirus field hospital in Jeddah continues to receive COVID-19 patients who need moderate medical care. Director of the Field Hospital Ali al-Shihri told Asharq Al-Awsat that the number of cases received has exceeded 500 since its inauguration in June 7.

He explained that the recovery period according to the approved protocols is 10 days, starting from the first day symptoms are noticed.

The hospital has helped the health sector by receiving the infected and providing them with the appropriate medical care, Shihri said, pointing out that the site has specialized medical and administrative personnel and auxiliary departments.

Meanwhile, the city has seen a significant decrease in the total number of new cases over the past week, as the number of infected has ranged between 50 and 70 cases per day.

The Health Ministry also announced that the rate of recoveries from coronavirus in the Kingdom had risen 87.3 percent.

The field hospital aims at receiving COVID-19 patients who need admission in hospitals to receive the necessary treatment.

It also aims to reduce pressure on hospitals by receiving cases from large hospitals. It accommodates about 500 clinical beds and includes all the auxiliary medical departments, such as the laboratory, radiology, pharmacy, nutrition, and medical supply departments, that are fully equipped.

The hospital has also been supported by many specialized medical and technical staff and some administrative personnel. It has also been provided with medical supplies, tools, and oxygen tubes to ensure its ability to receive COVID-19 severe cases.

It is noteworthy that the hospital has been established in Jeddah Center for Exhibitions and Events, which is affiliated to the northern Chamber of Commerce, with the cooperation and participation of a number of relevant government sectors.

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