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Bahrain opens first infectious disease center

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Bahrain launched its first infectious diseases centre to provide integrated medical services with experienced competencies all in one place. The centre will provide diagnostic methods for diseases that result from microbial infections as well as the best care and treatment based on the latest scientific research for patients with microbial infections.

Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) Hospitals’ Royal Medical Services Acting Commander Brigadier General Dr. Shaikh Fahad bin Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa affirmed that the centre meets the highest standards and requirements.

“The centre is equipped with a low air pressure system to ensure regular replacement of fresh air in these rooms,” he said in a statement to the state-run Bahrain News Agency. “During an epidemic outbreak, each of these rooms can be converted into a sanitary isolation unit to maintain a safe environment.”

He highlighted that the centre represents an important step by the Royal Medical Services in becoming an international centre for infectious and communicable diseases research, treatment, and laboratories. Dr Shaikh Fahad commended the efforts of the supervisory team and the specialised teams to establish the new medical facility, affirming that the medical services operate to guarantee healthy living for all citizens and residents in line with Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030 and achieve sustainable development.

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BDF Hospital Senior Infectious Disease Consultant and Clinical Microbiologist Dr Lt Col Manaf Al Qahtani noted that the centre included several clinics, including the Communicable Disease Clinic. “This clinic specialises in treating all communicable diseases and provides medical and therapeutic consultations,” he said.

“Another is the Travellers’ Clinic, which provides vaccinations and preventive precautions prior to travel to Bahrain, as well as medical consultations and check-ups. “There is also the antibiotic clinic, which strives to maximise the use of antimicrobial agents in the centre by supervising antibiotics and providing the best treatment to each patient based on international antibiotic protocols.”

He noted that all clinics operate throughout the official working days, from Sunday to Thursday.

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