Aster Hospitals UAE launch COSMOS, a support group for COVID – 19 positive patients

  • A first of its kind initiative in UAE, through the support group Aster Hospitals aim to address not only the medical treatment needs of COVID – 19 patients but also support their mental, emotional and physical well-being.
  • Rehabilitation for COVID – 19 recovered patients due to long periods of isolation, mental trauma especially for those who required intensive or critical care, has been globally recognized as an emerging need

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 25 July, 2020: The rising number of patient cases globally, supported by significant number of recoveries has brought to front the rehabilitation needs of COVID-19 recovered patients, who may have become deconditioned due to long-periods of isolation, mental-trauma caused by fear or uncertainty regarding the disease and long-periods of critical care requiring intubation or ventilator support, movement restrictions and related complications. To address this patient need, Aster Hospitals UAE, under the leadership of Dr Sherbaz Bichu, CEO – Aster Hospitals, UAE, has launched a patient support group entitled “COSMOS” which aims to address the holistic well-being of patients undergoing treatment at the hospital and help them manage their psychological and physiological challenges. The initiative was formally launched at a post COVID – 19 recovery session which was attended by patients who were treated and have recovered from COVID – 19 at Aster Hospitals UAE.

As a part of this initiative, a dedicated team will focus on motivating patients recovering in isolation, help them deal with mental trauma, feelings of anxiety, depression and loneliness through recovery sessions and aid them in post-discharge rehabilitation through physical therapy, nutrition advice and mental health support. ‘COSMOS’ – which stands for ‘Circle of Strength, Master of Self’ – provides a platform for COVID-19 patients admitted at the hospitals to connect with each other, share their thoughts, participate in educative sessions and stay connected with their doctors, dieticians and family members through a digital application.

As a part of this initiative, a dedicated team will focus on motivating patients recovering in isolation, help them deal with mental trauma, feelings of anxiety, depression and loneliness through recovery sessions and aid them in post-discharge rehabilitation through physical therapy, nutrition advice and mental health support. ‘COSMOS’ – which stands for ‘Circle of Strength, Master of Self’ – provides a platform for COVID-19 patients admitted at the hospitals to connect with each other, share their thoughts, participate in educative sessions and stay connected with their doctors, dieticians and family members through a digital application.

Speaking on the launch of COSMOS, Dr Sherbaz Bichu stated, “We have seen our patients go through various levels of mental stress – anxiety, fear, loneliness and depression brought about by separation from families and loved ones, and uncertainty regarding the outcome from this disease. Many of them are expats with families back in their home country who are even otherwise constantly worried. For them, sustained motivation and support in channeling their emotional stress is a key factor in the holistic recovery process. Patients who have undergone long periods of intensive care often require psychological support and nutritional diet to regain strength and psychological normalcy. COSMOS is our effort to ensure that our patients return home completely healed.”

To commemorate the launch of this exclusive support group, a recovery session was hosted at Aster Hospital, Qusais which was attended by COVID-19 recovered patients who have been treated at the Aster Hospitals in UAE. The session was aimed at discussing about post-COVID care as well as the importance of mental health. The session concluded with recovered patients sharing their COVID recovery experience with Aster Hospital and seeking advice from the doctors on further care.

Speaking about the session, Dr Malathi Arshanapalai, Group Chief Medical & Quality Officer at Aster DM Healthcare added, “It is a truly humbling experience to see our recovered patients attend this session and share their COVID journey with Aster Hospitals. It gives me immense pleasure that we are able to go beyond medical treatment and support our patients in their holistic recovery and delivering upon our promise of – We’ll Treat You Well.”

The ‘COSMOS’ initiative will include educative sessions, friendly conversations, interactive games among others, in designated lobbies within the COVID zone ward for positive patients to come together. They will also have access to a digital application that will allow them to connect with their doctors, dieticians as well as family members. Post recovery they will also be aided with physical rehabilitation, nutritional guidance and psychological counselling as needed.

About Aster Hospitals UAE

Aster Hospitals, UAE is Aster DM Healthcare’s continuation of its endeavor to create world-class, patient-centric hospitals driven by medical innovations and a culture of excellence. The Hospital aims to make a difference, with its patient-centric approach to medical care. The state-of-the-art multispecialty hospital in Mankhool is a 100-bedded medical facility, and Al Qusais a 150-bedded facility, where doctors adopt a multidisciplinary approach to provide holistic treatment to patients. Equipped with the most advanced Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in UAE, Aster Hospital offers multispecialty medical and surgical care all under one roof. Aster Hospitals has recently also added a 14-bedded hospital under the name ‘Aster Cedars Hospital’ and a 50-bedded facility in Muhaisnah under its banner.

Aster DM Healthcare Limited is one of the largest private healthcare service providers operating in multiple GCC states and is an emerging healthcare player in India. With an inherent emphasis on clinical excellence, we are one of the few entities in the world with a strong presence across primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary healthcare through our hospitals, and clinics. We have over 20,000 plus dedicated employees across the geographies that we are present in, delivering a simple yet strong promise to our different stakeholders: “We’ll treat you well.” We reach out to all economic segments in the GCC states through our differentiated healthcare services across the “Aster”, “Medcare” and “Access” brands.

For more information about us, please visitwww.asterdmhealthcare.com or contact:

Lavanya Mandal
Head of PR and Internal Communications
Aster DM Healthcare
Tel: +971 528126577
Email: lavanya.mandal@asterdmhealthcare.com

Bejoy Changarath
Assistant General Manager – PR & Media Relations
Aster DM Healthcare
Tel: +971 524073559
Email: bejoy.changarath@asterdmhealthcare.com

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