Acting Head Hematology-Oncology | Sheikh Khalifa Medical City
Topic: GCC Experience in Caring for Cancer Patients During Covid-19 Pandemic
Dr. Fatima Alkaabi is head of hematology and oncology and acting deputy chief medical officer at the Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC). During the coronavirus pandemic, she has worked around the clock alongside other UAE frontline healthcare workers to give patients the best possible care and has helped lead a research effort to develop a potential stem cell treatment for coronavirus symptoms. The treatment, still in an initial exploratory phase, would aim to help alleviate symptoms such as shortness of breath and coughing by extracting COVID-19 stem cells and turning them into a fine mist to be inhaled.
Dr. Alkaabi reflects on what the world can learn from these challenging times: “The most important thing is health. We should always invest in the health system. This is one of the things I will always tell people: Sit back and reflect on what we need to be doing in the future to change our way of living in the post-COVID-19 era.”