DUBAI: The UAE Volunteers campaign started a training program for volunteers to support health emergency response teams and nursing staff. The training will provide volunteers with nursing skills in 3 days only, to enable them to support experts on the field and provide medical and nursing services that support the national efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19.
At least 1,000 UAE volunteers are set to undergo a three-day training that will allow them to support Covid-19 frontliners on the ground and help nursing staff at hospitals and field units.
Launched by the UAE Volunteers campaign, the training initiative primarily aims to ease some of the pressure that the country’s medical and nursing staff are experiencing as they fight the pandemic.
The campaign managed to attract over 8,000 volunteers with basic first aid skills and experience of working with teams under pressure. Some 150 volunteers have so far signed up for the three-day training, as the group targets to reach 1,000 trainees for the pilot phase.
Obaid Al Shamsi, Director General of National Emergency, Crisis, and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA), said that the “UAE Volunteers” campaign, with the support of the Higher National Committee for Regulating Volunteering during Crisis, the volunteers.ae platform supervised by the MCD and the Emirates Foundation for Youth Development, and the support of (NCEMA)
Al Shamsi added, “This volunteer training is a response to the current situation in the country and to the needs of experts on the field. The training will equip 1,000 volunteers with basic skills to help the nursing staff, hospitals, and field units in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah in the pilot phase. The program will continue to attract more volunteers as needed.”
Al Shamsi also explained that the intensive training program was prepared by a team from the Abu Dhabi Center for Public Health of the Department of Health in Abu Dhabi. The training will be carried out in cooperation with the Training and Development Center at the Ministry of Health and Community Protection, and the College of Medicine and Health Sciences at the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU), with the participation of expert trainers from various health and academic sectors. The primary goal of this training is to relieve some of the pressure that the medical and nursing staff are experiencing.
How the training goes
The training consists of a two-day theoretical course to be conducted remotely and a one-day practical session, said Hessa Tahlak, assistant undersecretary of Social Development at the Ministry of Community Development (MoCD) and the spokesperson of the UAE Volunteers campaign.
Tahlak explained that for the remote theoretical training, 150 participants will take part in each course for 8 hours a day for two days.
This will introduce volunteers to the programme; present information about Covid-19; explain infection prevention; and cover skills in health administration, communication, patient support and transportation, and medical waste management. Participants will undergo a remote training test.
Then, the practical session will be available to 24 participants at a time, for four hours in one day.
It will cover basic clinical skills, such as measuring vital signs, resuscitation and rescue skills, and the use of personal protective equipment. Participants will undergo an evaluation test and obtain certificates of completion that are approved by the training authority, Tahlak said.
The list of volunteers who had undergone training will be included in a database that can be tapped during health emergencies after the Covid pandemic, Tahlak added.
It is worth noting that the volunteers.ae platform offers citizens and residents interested in volunteering in the UAE Volunteers campaign both field and virtual volunteering opportunities under the umbrella of the Higher National Committee for Regulating Volunteering during Crisis.
Anyone interested in volunteering can visit the www.volunteers.ae platform, call VOLAE 800 (80086523), or e-mail: [email protected]