Renal failure patients ‘are most at risk’

Updated 24 May 2014

Renal failure patients ‘are most at risk’

Those suffering from renal failure are most susceptible to contracting the coronavirus.
This was revealed by Dr. Fuad Shairiyyeh, director of the Kidney Center at King Fahd General Hospital in Jeddah.
Speaking to Arab News, he said that the center received 20 patients with renal failure who had also contracted the MERS infection in the recent outbreak.
“All of them were placed in quarantine for treatment. Some of them suffered from severe complications, and the antiviral medicines given them failed to save their lives, because their immune systems were extremely weak. The virus was so virile that it damaged the cells of their pulmonary systems,” he explained.
He added that it was likely that they had contracted the disease while they were in the emergency room in the hospital.
“We have had no new cases for the last two weeks,” Shairiyyeh confirmed, adding that the center had been completely rehabilitated and sanitized with chemicals and steam. “All the equipment, floors and wards have been sanitized,” he said.
He said that all appointments for patient dialysis have been rescheduled in order to complete the sanitization procedures, and to prevent the arrival of any MERS case or anyone with similar symptoms.
“We receive a daily average of over 80 patients who suffer from renal failure. About 595 patients receive dialysis at the hospital,” he said.
He further said that all patients, prior to admission to the dialysis wards, are checked by having their temperature taken. In case anyone has a higher temperature or any MERS-like symptoms, they are promptly transferred to the emergency room for further tests and analyzes,” he said, adding that all patients are required to wear face masks as a precautionary measure.

Tonda delivers authentic Italian flavors at the double

The Italian establishment’s first GCC branch is a welcome addition to the Dubai scene. (Supplied)
Updated 19 August 2019

Tonda delivers authentic Italian flavors at the double

DUBAI: With organic ingredients and an eye-popping variety of authentic Italian dishes, the Dubai-based Tonda Pizza is a perfect choice for fast-casual dining.

The roots of the business lie as far back as 1948. The Italian founders apparently used to sell pizza to holidaymakers on the beach in Pescara, by the Adriatic Sea. The small-pan pizzas were ideal for people who wanted to grab a snack on the go.

Tonda Pizza has multiple branches around the world and is planning to bring its concept to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, but its first regional outlet opened recently in Index Tower, in Dubai International Financial Center.

At the doorstep of the restaurant, you will be welcomed by the friendly staff who are enthusiastic and happy to serve you. Some of the Italian words may be hard to understand, but the waiters will be able to answer any questions.

The interior is cosy and just as welcoming as the staff. The atmosphere is classy, relaxed, and quiet. For the many employees in the area, this is a great spot to take your mind of work for a while.

The restaurant serves a seemingly endless variety of pasta and pizza made with organic flour, olive oil, and tomatoes imported from Italian farms. It also offers a range of special homemade starters and desserts.

Tonda, meaning ‘round,’ offers “guilt-free” pizzas. The thin crispy slices are full of authentic Italian flavor, but the dough does not contain animal fats, and it’s gluten-free.

It always fun to watch your food being cooked right in front of you, and Tonda’s open kitchen means you can do just that. The service is impressively fast, too.  The meal is best accompanied by one of Tonda’s traditional Italian drink offerings, which include Chinotto, Gassosa, Limonata, and Spuma. 

The tasty burrata salad was a more-than-generous and delicious starter. Fresh balls of cheese decorated the bowl, which was overloaded with mixed tomatoes and fresh basil.

Next up was a delightful range of pizza. Thick mozzarella cheese (10 out of 10 on the cheese-pull test), shreds of well-cooked beef, and a sprinkling of rocca leaves coated each slice of the thin-crust bresaola, while the tartufo boasted a delicious truffle spread and mushroom topping.

The undeniable highlight of the meal, however, was the salamino pizza. Its spiciness might make your eyes water as well as your mouth, but it was well worth it. The salamino was topped with organic peeled tomatoes, spicy beef salami, extra virgin olive oil, and decorated with oregano leaves.

The pasta that accompanied the bolognaise gave a good firm bite — perfect for those who like their Italian cooked al dente. The portion was ideal for one person. 


Once you are done with the main course, the restaurant offers a tasty selection of desserts too. We’d recommend its unique Nutella pizza topped with sliced bananas as a must-try.   

Tonda may be a little on the expensive side for what is, essentially, fast food (albeit high-quality fast food) — an appetizer, main course and beverage could cost up to $21 — but we’d say it’s worth the price for some tasty, healthy fresh Italian fare.