Canadian Specialist Hospital honours its 160 COVID-19 frontline heroes


The hospital is now COVID-free with the recovery and discharge of the last patient, who was under treatment for close to four months.


DUBAI – Aug 9, 2020: Canadian Specialist Hospital (CSH) Dubai, the leading super specialty hospital in the UAE, honoured its COVID-19 frontline heroes for their dedication in fighting the pandemic. The hospital has now been declared COVID free by the Ministry of Health and Prevention.


This was announced with the complete recovery of the hospital’s last COVID affected patient Francis Nartafeliciano, who was in the hospital for close to four months including 72 days in the intensive care unit.


The CSH is an acute-cum-critical care referral hospital catering to the tertiary healthcare needs of the UAE and the region. The hospital has been actively supporting the UAE authorities in containing COVID-19 by providing treatment to hundreds of patients since the disease outbreak in the country.


Attaining the COVID-free status, the hospital is now back in full swing in providing elective surgeries and other procedures.


The hospital honoured a total of 160 frontline healthcare professionals including doctors, nurses, paramedical and logistics staff at a special ceremony held at its premises. The event was attended by the hospital’s Chairman Mr. Mohammad Rashid Al Falasi, CEO Dr. Yashar Ali, Chief Strategic Officer Mr. Gopinath S and other senior leaders and department heads.


Dr. Yashar Ali, CEO of Canadian Specialist Hospital, said, “We are proud to honour our COVID-19 warriors, who put their lives at risk during the pandemic at our COVID ward. Despite the inherent health risk involved, our frontline people did their job at its best. We salute their significant role to make the hospital doing a successful role in containing the virus in the UAE and safeguard the health of residents.”


“Compared to the peak pandemic times, we witness the number of patients coming back to our hospital has increased to avail the necessary care, treatment and surgeries they needed to put on hold in the past few months due to the pandemic. In line with the health authority regulations and guidelines, we have now resumed providing healthcare services including elective surgeries, diagnostic and treatment services with full capacity,” he added.


The case of 46-year-old Filipino expatriate Francis Nartafeliciano has been the most challenging for the hospital. Francis rushed to the hospital by a taxi on April 14, 2020 suffering from respiratory distress, dry cough, fever and fatigue. He swung between life and death for the more than two months as his condition deteriorated, going through near death four times and had to be revived all these times.


Being on mechanical ventilation for 60 days, Francis suffered a major stroke and had to undergo multiple surgeries for horrific bed sores. He suffered the stroke, despite all the blood thinners given to him as a brain CT confirmed blood clot. A tracheostomy was conducted on Francis to enable him to breathe, as the trauma with severity of the disease resulted in major damage to his lungs. Another tube placed into his abdomen provided nutrition while the patient continued in this induced coma.


With the COVID free status, CSH also now reinstated its medical tourism activities. The hospital plays a major role in the UAE’s health tourism map operating a fully functional department dedicated to international patients since 2006. The hospital offers a variety of packages for people with different needs and resources including orthopedics, ophthalmology, dental, dermatology, wellness and preventive health check-up and assisted reproductive techniques.


Canadian Specialist Hospital is the institution of choice for referrals from small and medium-sized medical centers for specialized diagnostic and treatments.


The super specialty hospital provides high-end treatments including acute cardiac care to angioplasties, neuro spine surgeries, joint replacements, obstetrics and gynecology, paediatrics, neonatological care including and so on.




About Canadian Specialist Hospital Dubai

CSH began its journey as a day care hospital with merely 20 beds facilitated in about 10 departments in 2004. The hospital was founded by its Chairman Mr. Mohammad Rashid Al Falasi with a vision to establish a hospital that provides world-class medical facility and caters to the tertiary health care needs while offering state-of-the-art diagnostic, curative and rehabilitative services at international standards with evidence-based ethical healthcare for a healthy and happy community.


Now CSH has grown as one of the most advanced and comprehensive healthcare institutions in the Arab region. The multi-specialty hospital features qualified doctors trained from prestigious institutes around the world and a state-of-the-art laboratory and imaging department. Over the years, the hospital has established itself as one of the most advanced and comprehensive healthcare institutions in the region.


The hospital currently offers 35+ specialties including cardiology, dermatology, gastroenterology, pulmonology, nephrology, dialysis and a rehabilitation department. The rehabilitation department provides services for orthopedic, neurological, cardiac, oncological and metabolic treatment.


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