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No SARS cases reported in UAE

posted on 22/04/2003: 1464 views


Hamad Abdul Rahman Al Madfa, Minister of Health, yesterday chaired a meeting of the Ministry's Higher Technical Committee assigned to follow up the developments of SARS disease. Present at the meeting were Ministry's Under Secretaries, Dr. Abdul Rahim Ja'afar and Hassan Alkeim as well as Mahmoud Fikri, Assistant Under Secretary for Preventive Medicine, Humaid Al Ameri, Assistant Under Secretary for Financial and Administrative Affairs and other Committee members. Alkeim said that the Committee discussed the developments of the disease that spread in Hong Kong, parts of China and other countries and had reviewed the reports of the World Health Organisation, WHO, on SARS.



Fikri said that the UAE was free from the disease which was transmitted through sneezing and coughing. He advised all UAE citizens and residents to avoid travelling to Asia in the near future until the disease was brought under control. Fikri also asked airports to instruct transit passengers to remain onboard, noting that special forms had been provided to be filled by passengers arriving the country, while airports will be provided with special temperature checking instruments. He also affirmed that there was no treatment for the disease until now. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)

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