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Flu patients must undergo blood tests

posted on 13/05/2003: 1690 views



Anybody arriving in hospitals with flu symptoms must undergo a blood test, as part of the anti-SARS plan by the General Authority for Health Services (GAHS). The Abu Dhabi health authorities yesterday called for a national anti-SARS strategy to face any eventual global epidemic. GAHS has imported new laboratory equipment to be installed in hospitals to test suspected SARS cases. Ahmed Al Rumaithi, Director of the Authority, said the new equipment will enhance preventive measures against SARS and avoid its entry and spread in the emirates.



The Higher anti-SARS Commit-tee, established under the directives of Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, chairman of the GAHS and Director of the Abu Dhabi Economic Department, issued a series of new measures and recommendations to be endorsed by the higher health authorities, Abu Dhabi Municipality, hospitals and medical staff. GAHS has also established a new toll free number – 8002028 – through which people can get information about SARS or report any suspected cases.



The committee recommended that additional high-tech equipment to detect SARS cases be installed at Abu Dhabi airport. It also urged the Abu Dhabi Municipality to set up a team specialised in sterilisation with the special equipment for use in case of an emergency. It also requested the municipality to set up another toll free number for the public and called on the higher health authority to endorse the new measures.



Meanwhile, precautionary measures at all entry ports throughout the country have been enhanced to prevent the disease from entering the country. The GAHS announced that masks have been made available at airports in Al Ain and Abu Dhabi to all employees at the customs, immigration and passport desks. The committee has praised the high level of cooperation between health authorities and hospitals and called for all concerned to intensify efforts in preventive measures. It has urged the setting up of a hot-line dedicated to the health operators for coordinating anti-SARS measures among health staff. (The Gulf News)

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