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UAE free from SARS: Madfa

posted on 30/04/2003: 1363 views


Health Minister Hamad Abdul Rahman Al Madfa yesterday said that the UAE was free from the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, SARS, denying the occurrence of any SARS cases in the country. Speaking to the Emirates News Agency, WAM, he said that the UAE was taking necessary preventive measures in line with the instructions of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Madfa said that the Ministry and all health institutions in the country were obliged to register all suspected cases with the office of the World Health Organisation, WHO, in the Eastern the Mediterranean in addition to the current monitoring which demands all health authorities to report about any suspected cases.



He said that the process of screening of passengers from SARS infected countries might have been mistakenly used by some as a clue for the incidence of cases in the country. Affirming that the UAE was free from SARS, Madfa said that the screening process being carried out by the Ministry had brought positive results, affirming that the country was free any incidence of SARS.



He added that the fact that SARS shared similar symptoms with other diseases may have caused many people including the media to assume the presence of suspected cases in country. Madfa said the normal functioning of trade and tourism sectors in the UAE was a proof that the country was 100% free from SARS. Reassuring the public that there was nothing to fear, Madfa said that the Ministry was dealing with the situation with total transparency and was carefully watching all developments. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)

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