The Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (D0H), the regulator of the healthcare sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, rolled out the initiative for home delivery of medicine.
Residents of the emirate are now getting much needed medicines delivered straight to their doorstep.
Most of the outpatient pharmacies in the emirate have the approval to offer this service, according to the DoH, speaking to Emirates News Agency, WAM.
All the DoH-licensed pharmacies in government (under SEHA, the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company) and private sectors, which adhere to mechanisms and requirements of the DoH’s new standards for home delivery of patients’ medication, have been authorised for this purpose.
Patients will now be able to reach out to pharmacies directly to order medicine at their door-step.
The service was originally launched to serve the demand of patients and for their convenience, especially for the elderly, vulnerable patients and those who live in remote areas.
However, the timing of the launch is critical as it enables the health sector to support the government strategy to ensure taking preventive measures against the new coronavirus, COVID-19, including social distancing, protecting society by encouraging them to stay at home, and ensuring the continuity of care for all residents in the Emirate, the DoH explained.
The DoH said in a statement: “Pharmacies are allowed to charge, but it is the discretion of each pharmacy whether they intend to charge for the service.”