Prime Minister Boris Johnson was joined by Annemarie Plas, who founded the #ClapforCarers initiative that lasted for 10 weeks following the imposition of the national lockdown on March 23, during Sunday's round of applause.
A total of 2,401 nurses tested positive for COVID-19, followed by doctors, 1,433; nursing assistants, 304; medical technologists, 144; midwives, 188; radiologic technologists, 68; pharmacists, 68; and respiratory therapists, 57, according to the Department of Health.
The UAE government has announced that the number of COVID-19 tests has broken the two million mark, reaching 2,044,493 screenings as part of the national plan to intensify coronavirus detection.
Almazmi said, “All I think about is saving patients’ lives. It is a matter of life and death. It is my time to help the nation.
He said the pandemic had helped the world rediscover the fundamental role of nurses in healthcare, adding that they deserve to be more valued and their working conditions improved.
"We think we are an instrument of hope to give spiritual, mental and emotional support also to our patients in time of despair. That’s why when Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince personally appreciated me, I felt he was recognising all nurses for spreading hope," said Jessa Dawn Ubag, 31.
"You don’t know when and how God’s blessings come. It is everyone’s dream to have a conversation or meet with His Highness Sheikh Mohamed."
The Ministry also works to follow the field around the clock, study challenges and develop strategic plans to overcome them, and develop proactive plans to deal with various scenarios expected for the development of the situation.
"The government's decision to bring in a rule that allows practitioners in specified streams of Ayurveda to be trained to perform surgical procedures trivialises the medical profession," said Sharma.
Donnel John Siason, the head of the University of Santo Tomas Hospital Employees Association, lamented especially the lack of benefits not given them along with their counterparts from the government under a special law called Bayanihan 2 Act.