Ramadan 2022 in UAE: Over 2,000 medical professionals take part in VPS sporting event – News

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Events take place at night so fasting staff can participate



Published: Tue, 19 Apr 2022, 12:55 PM

The Ramadan Sports Tournament, held after a two-year hiatus, is one of the biggest health sector sporting events in the UAE.

As life returns to normal in the United Arab Emirates, more than 2,000 healthcare workers who helped contain the Covid-19 outbreak enjoy themselves on Abu Dhabi’s Hudayriat Island.

Healthcare professionals, who have gone above and beyond to serve the community during the pandemic, enthusiastically participate in various sports and recreational activities organized by VPS Healthcare.

These doctors and nurses are joined by senior management led by the President and CEO, Dr. Shamsheer Vayalil.

Omran Al Khoori, President of Business Development, VPS Healthcare, said such tournaments improve peer bonding and have psychological benefits.

“As a leading healthcare organization in the UAE, it is also our responsibility to promote and highlight the importance of sport and the positive impact it has on our physical and mental health” , did he declare.

For sporting events, VPS medical staff from different Emirates is divided into teams. Women and men have separate events. Health workers noted that such activities helped them rejuvenate both mind and body, and all participated enthusiastically.

Lama Dawd Abd Elsamad, OPD Nurse, Burjeel Hospital, Dubai, said such sporting activities relieved stress for frontline workers.

“The past two years have been so stressful that it has affected us personally and mentally. All recreational activities had ceased due to the pandemic. I am so happy that such an event is organized for healthcare workers.

Dr Anees Kallada Vadakkeyil, Pulmonary Specialist at LLH Hospital Abu Dhabi, who is taking part in the volleyball event, said: “The tournament lifts our spirits. We stopped playing during the pandemic. It’s a good opportunity for sports people like me to regain our fitness by restarting the game. I’m sure my colleagues will enjoy the event.

Events are held at night so fasting staff can participate. It will last until April 24.

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