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UAE bans entry of people coming from SARS infected regions

posted on 29/04/2003: 1257 views



The federal cabinet at a meeting held here yesterday under the chairmanship of Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan discussed a report submitted by the Ministry of Health on the global health situation which confirmed that the UAE was free from the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) disease. The cabinet authorised the ministry to take all necessary preventive and protective measures in collaboration with the authorities concerned to ensure that the country remained free from the disease and to ban entry of people coming from infected countries in accordance with recommendations of World Health Organisation (WHO) in this respect.



Meanwhile, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation, chairman of Emirates and the Dubai Summer Surprises Supreme Committee, yesterday gave the reassurance that not a single SARS case has been detected in the UAE. "We are in touch with other countries and airlines. People flying in from countries that have SARS patients are being screened at the airport, Sheikh Ahmed told Gulf News.



"The authorities are also keeping contact numbers and addresses of visitors showing initial symptoms of SARS. They may not have the disease but we are taking precautions. "The world focused on SARS after the U.S. war on Iraq. So long as the war was on, little attention was given to SARS," said Sheikh Ahmed. He was commenting on reports that suspected SARS cases being detected in the country. This came on the sidelines of a function to announce the key sponsors of Dubai Summer Surprises which will run from June 19 to August 29. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM & Gulf News)

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