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Strategy to prevent SARS entry

posted on 05/05/2003: 1576 views


The UAE increased its level of preparedness to fight SARS with a joint national committee issuing a decree to set up a SARS Management Plan. It also asked for a reduction in the number of visit visas issued and the import of house servants from countries affected by the killer disease. The decree was issued by the Abu Dhabi General Authority for Health Services (GAHS) Chairman, Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, following a meeting of the Joint Special Committee for Fighting SARS yesterday. The committee is represented by various organisations and federal ministries and set up by Sheikh Hamed, who is also Chairman of Abu Dhabi Economic Department.



The decree called for the establishment of a SARS Management Plan to prevent the disease's entry and spread. The plan, in addition to public and private health organisations, will involve government departments, such as the police, customs, municipalities, civil defence and others. Its task will be to face any challenges arising from the worldwide spread of the disease.



The other measures include a reduction in issuing of visit visas to nationals of countries affected by the disease, and a reduction in the entry of domestic servants from these countries. The decree also calls for the sterilisation of entry points, including airports and their aircraft chutes, seaports and border posts. Seaport authorities have been advised to introduce preventive measures which are in place at the airports.



A centre will be established in Abu Dhabi to follow up and coordinate with the authorities concerned whose officials will be represented at the centre. Specialised medical cadres will also be allocated to deal with contagious diseases in coordination with GAHS and the Health Ministry. The decree also called upon health authorities to bring all health centres and medical institutions under tight vigil and control. (The Gulf News)



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