UAE: Thousands of blue-collar workers mark May Day, get free health checkups

UAE: Thousands of blue-collar workers mark May Day, get free health checkups

Healthcare workers across Abu Dhabi hospitals marked May Day with thousands of blue-collar workers from 10 labour accommodations. On the occasion of International Workers' Day, VPS Healthcare organised fun-filled activities for medical workers across its hospitals VPS Healthcare in the industrial area of Mussafah organised programmes under the theme 'Work and Wellness of Workers' which saw the participation of several blue-collar workers in events like singing, dancing, push-up competitions and more.

The event was organised in collaboration with Abu Dhabi City Municipality, Abu Dhabi Police and ZonesCorp – the largest operator of purpose-built economic zones in the UAE.

At the same time, frontline healthcare workers from Lifecare and LLH Hospitals in Mussafah organised an awareness drive under the theme 'Have a Healthy Feast' in line with declining COVID-19 infections and celebration of the Eid Al Fitr holidays

As part of the initiative, health checkups were conducted for more than 11,000 workers. Moreover, blue-collar workers were made aware of the need to comply with the COVID-19 precautionary measures and to avoid bingeing during the holidays.

During the event, Dr Sekhar Warrier, specialist cardiology, Dr Rakesh Gupta, specialist pulmonology, and Dr Mudhasir Ahmed, specialist medical oncology from Lifecare Hospital, held discussions with blue-collar workers.

Speaking about the initiative, Dr Warrier said that a great interactive session was held with workers, which focused on the importance of taking care of health and consuming nutritious food. In addition, fun activities organised for them served as great stress busters. 

Safeer Ahamed, regional CEO at VPS Healthcare, underlined that the Group has been prioritising the health and well-being of workers across the hospitals in the industrial areas of UAE.

"This International Workers' Day, along with health awareness campaigns, we organised different entertainment programmes and fun activities for blue-collar workers staying in and around 10 labour camps in Abu Dhabi," he added. 

Ibraheem Al Khalayleh, a blue-collar worker, hailed the events as a new experience for him and his colleagues. The professional added that the programme was very engaging and everyone had a great time. 

"We usually only see such programmes back in our home country. We hope hospitals and authorities organise more such programmes. It was fun, and the health awareness programme and checkups were also beneficial for us," Al Khalayleh, who stays in the Workers' Village, added. 

Another worker lauded the initiative taken by the government departments and hospitals. He further praised the health authorities for continuously working to ensure the safety of workers during the pandemic. "Such events on this Labour Day and before Eid reassures us that the government and healthcare groups will always be there for us. These events spread festive cheer and uplift the mood of workers like us who are living alone and away from our family during this festival," he added.

The campaign also included free distribution of 5,000 Iftar kits to workers by LLH Hospital.

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