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Government drafting federal law on Aids cases

posted on 11/02/2009: 2288 views

The UAE is drafting a federal law on Aids cases in coordination with the World Health Organisation, Health Minister Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Quttami told the Federal National Council (FNC) session on Tuesday.

"The new legislation will help fight the disease and facilitate integration of national Aids patients into the community through strict measures,'' Al Quttami said.

He informed the council that 627 foreign Aids patients had been deported from the country till recently.

Since 1985, 751 nationals have been infected with HIV, 565 of whom are still alive.

In 2005, two of the 59 national Aids patients died. Two of the 42 national patients died in 2006, while two of the 52 detected patients died in 2007.

The minister said these figures are low compared to many countries, underlining the UAE's success in early detection of HIV cases and handling them without compromising the health safety of the community.

Answering a question about diabetes, the minister said the prevalence rose to 19.6 per cent among the population, with nationals accounting for 23 per cent of the cases.

‘'Each diabetic patient costs the state Dh4,000-8,000 a year, taking the total annual costs to Dh200 million for treatment and related medical services,'' he said.

Al Quttami said the Cabinet had given its nod for a new programme to control diabetes, envisaging a 10-year strategy and creating a national diabetes committee to be made up of representatives of both government and non-governmental organisations dealing with the disease. The programme will contribute to bringing down the prevalence of diabetes to its lowest level in a short span of time, he said.

The minister said the government plans to establish more state-of-the-art hospitals and health clinics across all emirates.

These facilities will be provided with advanced medical equipment. He said that the country has hired international companies to do maintenance of the hospital equipment. – Khaleej Times


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