Well being-care employees rejoice as UAE Air Power aerobatics is on show over Al Kuwait Hospital in Dubai as a mark of respect for frontline employees.
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Abu Dhabi: Greater than 80,000 professionals and volunteers have been actively defending the UAE and its residents in the course of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Frontline Heroes Workplace introduced on Monday.

The Frontline Heroes Workplace has drawn up a nationwide database of those employees and mentioned the compilation of this registry is a major milestone in an initiative to look after and champion those that served the individuals of the UAE.

The registry collated information from individuals on the frontline, supplied instantly by entities on the federal and emirate stage concerned within the response to the pandemic, together with these entities underneath the umbrella of the Nationwide Disaster and Emergency Administration Authority (NCEMA), in addition to inside licensed health-care services in each emirate. It covers the total spectrum of Emirati and expatriate residents who’ve put themselves on the frontlines, together with health-care practitioners, police personnel, important service suppliers, disaster managers, safety and emergency service suppliers, humanitarian companies, sterilisation personnel and volunteers.

Hear and reply

The Frontline Heroes Workplace was established in July 2020 by a decree from President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and is underneath the course of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The Frontline Heroes Workplace is remitted to pay attention and reply to the challenges and priorities of the UAE’s frontline professionals, to implement short-term and long-term options to instantly tackle their wants, in addition to guarantee those that sacrifice and put themselves in danger to guard the lives of others within the UAE are nationally recognised and celebrated. The Frontline Heroes Workplace will ship on its mandate by partnerships and collaborations with authorities entities, non-public sector and the broader neighborhood throughout the UAE by a variety of initiatives and particular programmes that instantly help frontline heroes.

“Our frontline heroes make the selection on daily basis to place their very own well being and wellbeing in danger to guard the lives of individuals throughout our nation. We owe it to them to recognise their heroic efforts and to make sure that we’re offering them and their households with the identical stage of safety and help they provide us,” mentioned Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Frontline Heroes Workplace board.

Robust and complete community

Dr Maha Barakat, director normal on the Frontline Heroes Workplace, mentioned that whereas the workplace was established in direct response to the worldwide pandemic, it’s a everlasting federal entity mandated to make sure the UAE maintains a robust and complete community of frontline professionals to reply to any future disaster or emergency which will pose a problem to the nation and its individuals.

“We should at all times be ready to instantly and successfully reply to any disaster or emergency we face immediately and anytime sooner or later for the safety of our individuals and our society. To assist our nation preserve a frontline workforce prepared and capable of tackle the sacrifices and dangers we ask, we owe it to them to make sure they’re appropriately recognised and supported by our authorities and our individuals. Our first process has been to instantly have interaction with and take heed to our frontline heroes to really perceive what issues most to them,” she mentioned.

Pandemic-related pressures

To drive the event of its help and recognition programmes, the Frontline Heroes Workplace surveyed almost 8,000 frontline professionals working in health-care services throughout the UAE, in addition to these working in entities underneath the NCEMA umbrella. The nationwide survey was structured to instantly have interaction the UAE’s frontline heroes to listen to from them the challenges and stresses they face that the workplace might assist tackle.

General job satisfaction amongst UAE health-care frontline professionals was discovered to be excessive and 85 per cent of these surveyed reported that they have been happy with their jobs regardless of pandemic-related pressures. When requested about high quality of facility, infrastructure and availability of ample assets to handle the present state of affairs, 86 per cent of the respondents acknowledged they have been happy.

Additionally important is how the UAE’s frontline health-care professionals overwhelmingly approve of the federal government’s dealing with of the outbreak. Practically 95 per cent of these surveyed help the coordinated nationwide pandemic response, far better than stories coming from different nations worldwide.

Nevertheless, just a few challenges have been recognized within the analysis findings, which the Frontline Heroes Workplace will work to deal with by its help programme. The 5 key areas of challeges embrace recognition and appreciation, general well being and wellbeing, job satisfaction, value of residing, and long-term job retention.

“Our frontline heroes are genuinely dedicated to and imagine within the ‘united collectively’ mantra of our nation’s leaders as the important thing to efficiently overcoming this pandemic.

‘Extremely gifted’

“On the similar time, we have to at all times work to raised perceive and reply to the ache factors and challenges our frontline heroes face. We need to create an atmosphere the place these extremely gifted and dedicated frontline heroes obtain the sort of help and recognition that makes them need to proceed to construct their careers and lift their households right here within the UAE,” Dr. Barakat mentioned.

The Frontline Heroes Workplace will start saying and rolling out its help programmes within the coming weeks. This may embrace help and providers supplied to frontliners throughout the UAE, together with initiatives focused at addressing particular wants and help households.


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