UAE: Covid PCR lab technician delays own fast to handle urgent cases – News


Palestinian expat Abdallah Fathi is always on guard during iftar, often having only dates and water to keep working

By SM Ayaz Zakir

Published: Sat 16 Apr 2022, 07:45

While the world at large quivers in fear at the mere mention of Covid-19 and other viruses, some of us are preying on these dreaded “demons” in order to stay safe.

We are talking about lab professionals like Abdallah Fathi, whose work revolves around Covid and other dangerous viruses.

The Palestinian expat says his work is essential, and as his lab receives many samples, he often has to rush through Iftar before getting back to business.

Thumbay Labs lab assistant says Suhoor is normal, but during Iftar he has to be on guard. The lab is operational daily with a four hour Covid-19 turnaround time.

“We need to make sure the results get to the doctors as soon as possible to ensure a correct diagnosis. As a lab technician, we work on rotating shifts, where each week our hours of service change. This week, I worked in the team from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., ”he explained.

Since the lab receives samples by the minute, Fathi doesn’t have the luxury of having a real meal once in a while. “Sometimes I break my fast with dates and water and continue with my work,” he said. And sometimes, when duty calls, Fathi even postpones the end of her fast to take care of an urgent case.

“Since the second week of Ramadan, I end my fast during my service,” said the technician.

Fathi wishes to celebrate the holy month with her family, but due to the ongoing pandemic, that is unlikely to happen this year. “I miss my family, but at my workplace we treat each other like family. It is an enriching experience of helping patients and doctors that goes far beyond the temporary challenge of fasting,” said Fathi.

“My family asks to meet for Iftar, but I tell them that it’s my job and that I help patients and doctors by giving them the information they need,” Fathi added.


The Palestinian expat says that for him, the most memorable moments of breaking the fast are “when we plan and bring food to the workplace – making sure we can all break our fast together.”

Picking her favorite Iftar meal, Fathi said, “I love eating Mansaf after Iftar – which is a traditional Palestinian dish of lamb cooked in a fermented dried yogurt sauce and served with rice. yellow”.

“Ramadan brings me closer to Allah. Also, the family comes together during Ramadan, and we enjoy it together, especially the Tarawih prayer.

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