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Vice President reviews anti-H1N1 measures

posted on 27/08/2009: 1583 views

Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum got assured yesterday of preventive and curative measures the Ministry of Health is adopting to keep the H1N1 virus at bay. Sheikh Mohammed reviewed these measures during an inspection tour of the MoH premises in Dubai where he met with Health Minister Dr. Hanif Hassan, Director General of the MoH Dr. Ali bin Shuker, Executive Director of MoH Nasser Al Bedour and a number of top health officials.

During the tour, Sheikh Mohammed learnt from the minister about the ministry plan to combat the H1N1 virus through massive awareness campaigns and preventive and precautionary measures.

Dr. Hassan told the Vice President that two technical and supervisory committees were set up to implement the four-pronged national plan in the medium and long terms. He said the plan is based on four components: prevention, treatment, awareness and training.

According to him, 250 training programmes were conducted to build capacities of medical professionals to handle potential cases of infection.

On the prevention side, the minister affirmed that vaccine against the virus will be administered by health clinics across the country once the product is obtained by the UAE and approved by the World Health Organisation.

"Priority of immunisation will be given to Umrah and Haj performers and students of schools and universities,” he said. Sheikh Mohammed said he was satisfied with measures taken by the health authorities to contain the spread of the virus and protect health safety of both citizens and residents. - Emirates News Agency, WAM


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