Dubai: A 110-bed mobile children`s hospital,
in the Pakistani town of Thata, has been providing free
medical care to over 3,000 flood-affected children.
The paediatric field hospital was set up for children
under 18 affected by Pakistan`s recent floods and is the first
mobile field unit to cater specifically to the needs of
children in a disaster zone.
Adel Al Shamry, the chief executive of UAE-based Zayed
Giving Initiative, which is funding the hospital, said the
project was aimed to respond to the needs of the children
"We think we can make a huge difference. Most of the
cases we have been seeing are preventable, so early
intervention is critical. If not treated, some of the
conditions can lead to death," he told The National from
The mobile hospital was set up in the middle of a camp
for internally displaced people in Thata, an area "highly
affected" by the flooding, Shamry said.
The facility, established in partnership with the
Pakistani ministry of health, is equipped with emergency and
surgical units, a pharmacy, a specialist clinic and a general