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INTERNATIONAL ISSUES - SWINE FLU THREAT

H1N1 committee reviews preventive and educational measures

Posted on 15/07/2009

Health Minister Dr. Hanif Hassan presided yesterday over the meeting of the Higher Supervisory Committee on Combating H1N1 virus. The meeting took stock of preventive and educational measures taken by the health authorities in the country. The meeting reviewed a health awareness plan for the upcoming Haj and Umrah to be launched in coordination with the General Authority for Islamic Affairs and Endowment and other similar campaigns targeting schools, universities and colleges. Health ...  >>MORE

Seven H1N1 patients completed recovered: MoH

Posted on 12/07/2009

Seven persons infected with flu H1N1 virus have been discharged from hospitals after they have completely recovered, the UAE Ministry of Health announced today. A ministry statement said all the seven H1N1 patients came from abroad. "All the 27 reported cases in the country have received the necessary t treatment and already left the hospitals,” the statement added. - Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

MoH to kick off H1N1 awareness campaign aimed at Hajj pilgrims in the coming season

Posted on 09/07/2009

UAE's Ministry of Health, in cooperation with other authorities, is preparing to launch a campaign to create awareness about Swine Flu virus H1N1 and the ways to prevent its infection during the coming season of pilgrimage to Makkah (Hajj). Director General of MoH and the Head of the Health and Technical committee for containing H1N1 Dr. Ali Ahmed Bin Shukr said that the ministry is coordinating with the General Authority of Islamic Affairs to make the awareness campaign effective and ...  >>MORE

Six new swine flu cases in UAE

Posted on 08/07/2009

Six new cases of swine flu (H1N1) have been reported in the UAE by the Ministry of Health. All the six patients who came from other countries to the UAE fully recovered and were discharged from hospitals, the Ministry said. "This brings to 20 the total number of swine flu patients who were discharged from hospitals upon full recovery" The Ministry added that the comprehensive plan put in place by the UAE relevant authorities to deal with swine flu cases proved to be effective in treating all ...  >>MORE

Swine flu pamphlets distributed on UAE flights

Posted on 06/07/2009

In Dubai the Ministry of Health (MoH) in coordination with the Dubai Heath Authorities will distribute pamphlets to air passengers on the symptoms and prevention of swine flu. Passengers will find these pamphlets that are written in English and Arabic placed in their seat pockets on UAE flights. A similar campaign is also launched by the emirate of Sharjah, where pamphlets are being distributed to by the tourism and health authorities to hotel guests. A total of 14 people in UAE have ...  >>MORE

MoH announces three Swine Flu cases

Posted on 03/07/2009

The Ministry of Health (MoH) has announced three new cases of H1N1 virus and that the three patients: UAE national woman, Malaysian woman and Malaysian child have entered into the country from abroad. The MoH added that the three patients were receiving treatment and their conditions were stable, indicating that other patients who were infected earlier with the disease had been treated and discharged from the UAE Hospitals after complete recovery. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

Swine flu awareness campaign launched in Sharjah

Posted on 02/07/2009

Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) in collaboration with UAE Health Ministry has launched a public awareness campaign on H1N1 virus (swine flu). The initiative has been taken in response to WHO recent raising of worldwide pandemic alert level to Phase 6, indicating a global pandemic is in the offing. Over 55,000 confirmed cases have been reported all over the world, posing a real threat to the global travel and tourism industries. The awareness campaign includes ...  >>MORE

Transit passengers with H1N1 treated locally

Posted on 30/06/2009

Transit passengers from countries hit by Influenza A (H1N1) are being tested and treated locally. At least four of the six patients recently discharged from Rashid Hospital's quarantine ward were transit passengers. However, all those quarantined at the hospital over the past 20 days have recovered and have been discharged. One suspected case tested negative yesterday, said a senior doctor at the hospital. Rapid tests are carried out on the passengers on the aircraft before they disembark ...  >>MORE

Swine flu planners ready for worst

Posted on 30/06/2009

National measures to prepare the public for swine flu take account of the possibility of a widespread outbreak of the disease, a Ministry of Health official said. Khodr Awad, a health education consultant for the National Educational Campaign Against Swine Flu, said there were four phases to the education campaign, which included provisions for a countrywide outbreak, as well as recurrences. "Phase one is where we have only cases coming from abroad, which we have now,” he said. "Phase two is ...  >>MORE

Three new cases of H1N1 infection in the UAE

Posted on 27/06/2009

The Ministry of Health announced on thursday that three passengers, who arrived from abroad have been tested positive for H1N1 virus. The patients, two women and a child, are receiving treatment, asserted a statement from MoH. Seven patients out of the total eight cases of infection reported earlier have been completely recuperated from the disease and left the hospitals, while the eight patient is recovering and is expected to be discharged within the nest two days, added the ministry. – ...  >>MORE

UAE reports sixth and seventh flu H1N1 cases

Posted on 24/06/2009

The UAE Ministry of Health announced yesterday the sixth case of flu H1N1 of a national woman arriving from abroad with her family. A Chinese child coming from abroad was also reported to have infected with the virus 'The condition of the infected woman and child, who are now receiving necessary treatment at the hospital, is stable, a ministry statement said, affirming that all members of the women's family 'are safe' as she didn't contract the infection to anyone of them. It added that the ...  >>MORE

Emirates Mobile Hospital launches website to educate about H1N1 Virus

Posted on 22/06/2009

Emirates Mobile Hospital has launched the first website to educate public about the prevention, diagnosing and treatment of H1N1 Virus in coordination with the UAE's National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) under supervision of the Ministry of Health and other competent agencies. The move comes in line with keenness of the leadership to protect public health of the UAE nationals and expatriates alike from the disease. The website >>MORE

MoH confirms fifth case of H1N1 infection in UAE

Posted on 21/06/2009

The Ministry of Health announced today that a woman coming from abroad has been tested positive for the H1N1 virus, bringing the total number of Swine flu infection in UAE to five. The woman, an expatriate resident who arrived on Friday, is receiving necessary treatment at one of the hospitals in UAE, the ministry clarified. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

MoH confirms two more cases of Swine Flu in the UAE

Posted on 20/06/2009

Ministry of Health announced yesterday that two UAE citizens, who arrived back home from abroad, have been infected with H1N1 virus and are receiving treatment. Both of them are recovering and their health conditions are stable, said a statement. The ministry also asserted that the citizen who was tested positive for H1N1 a few days ago has completely recuperated and left hospital. The cases of suspected infection of the virus is natural and expected in an open world, and so the ministry ...  >>MORE

UAE citizens in US are safe: Embassy

Posted on 19/06/2009

Washington, D.C. - UAE citizens in the US are safe and free of the flu H1N1 virus (Swine Flu), the UAE Embassy here affirmed today. The UAE diplomatic mission said in a statement it issued today it was taking all necessary measures to ensure safety of UAE citizens. It thanked all authorities concerned in the UAE for coordinating efforts in that respect, saying the SMS sent to mobile phone users arriving the US on how to communicate with the mission was successful and effective. The emergency ...  >>MORE

Students told to get in touch with UAE authorities over swine flu fears

Posted on 19/06/2009

Students studying abroad have been asked to call emergency numbers and notify UAE authorities should they suspect they have symptoms of swine flu. Both Emirati and expatriate students can call. "We have provided UAE embassies and cultural attachés around the world with emergency contact numbers and email addresses to make it easy for the students to record any cases," an official said. Gulf News on Tuesday reported that Emirati students abroad planning to return home for the summer ...  >>MORE

MoH launches nation-wide awareness drive on H1N1 Flu

Posted on 18/06/2009

The Ministry of Health launched yesterday a nation-wide campaign to educate members of the public about the H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu). Dr. Ali bin Shukr, Chairman of the Technical Health Committee on Combating Swine Flu, urged the public not to panic should any H1N1 Flu case appear in any place of the world as measures to handle such a situation had proven efficient in treating the disease. He said a joint working team from the ministry and health authorities in Abu Dhabi and Dubai would give ...  >>MORE

UAE confirms second case of swine flu

Posted on 17/06/2009

An Emirati who arrived from the US was tested positive for H1N1, commonly known as swine flu, Dr Hanif Hassan, Minister of Health, said on Tuesday. The man, who is currently being treated in hospital, is said to be stable. Dr Hassan said that all passengers onboard the flight that carried the confirmed case were checked up and tested negative. He urged UAE citizens and residents to inform health authorities on suspicion of any symptoms of swine flu. He also underlined the precautions taken ...  >>MORE

RCA organises workshop on flu virus H1N1

Posted on 17/06/2009

A two-day environmental workshop for prevention, response and control of an outbreak of influenza virus (H1N1) was held yesterday by the UAE Red Crescent Authority (RCA). The event is being organised in coordination with the Ministry of Health, the National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). RCA Secretary General Mohammed Khalifa Al Qamzi said the activity aims at leveraging the capacity and ...  >>MORE

Second suspected swine flu case in UAE tests negative, says official

Posted on 16/06/2009

An official from the Ministry of Health on Sunday denied reports about detecting a second swine flu case in the UAE. The suspected flu case tested negative, said the official. The World Health Organisation (WHO) report was based on suspicion and was not confirmed, added the official. – Gulf News ...  >>MORE

Higher Supervisory Committee holds Emergency Meeting to deal with A/H1N1

Posted on 13/06/2009

The Higher Supervisory Committee held in Abu Dhabi yesterday an emergency meeting, chaired by Minister of Health, Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali. During the meeting which was held at the premises of the Emergency and Crisis Management Authority and attended by all committee members, they reviewed the latest decision of the world Health Organisation (WHO) to move its A/H1N1 pandemic alert level to phase six, which brings the situation of the widely spreading A/H1N1 influenza closer to being declared as ...  >>MORE

UAE anti-H1N1 virus measures are adequately sound: Ministry of Health

Posted on 11/06/2009

All precautionary measures taken by the Ministry of Health in coordination with other relevant health authorities were absolutely sound and meets with requirements and recommendations by the World Health Organisation (WHO), a senior health official affirmed today. "The UAE is free of any infection of the disease for the time being. precautionary measures are being updated in view of the global outbreak of the disease and whenever necessary,' said Dr. Ali bin Shukr, MoH Director and Chairman of ...  >>MORE

UAE to open its own labs for swine flu

Posted on 03/06/2009

Three laboratories – in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah – will be developed into reference laboratories to handle tests for infectious diseases, including swine flu, Dr Hanif Hassan, the Minister of Health, said yesterday. Tests conducted on the UAE's only confirmed case of swine flu, discovered on May 17, had to be carried out in England, Dr Hassan told members of the Federal National Council yesterday. He said there had been 28 suspected cases in the Emirates, mostly involving people in transit ...  >>MORE

Minister of Health inspects medical equipments at Sharjah airport

Posted on 31/05/2009

Minister of Health Dr. Hanif Hassan has stressed the importance of adopting all the preventive measures to combat H1N1 virus with adequate precision. He also asked the concerned authorities at the entry ports of the country to cooperate each other in vigil as required in times of possibility of epidemics to penetrate. While paying a visit to the Sharjah International Airport to inspect the functioning of the medical team at the airport clinic, the minister reiterated that the precautionary ...  >>MORE

First case of H1N1 discharged from Tawam Hospital

Posted on 30/05/2009

The first confirmed case of H1N1 virus in the UAE has completely recovered. The patient was discharged yesterday from Tawam Hospital after 10-day treatment and attention, said Dr Ali Ahmed bin Shakar, director general of the Ministry of Health (MoU). "The relatives of the patient are doing well and do not show any symptoms of swine flu. Hence, it is unlikely they contracted the disease", he added, indicating that the quarantined relatives would be released today. Bin Shakar noted that ...  >>MORE

Officials urge public not to panic

Posted on 26/05/2009

The National Supervisory Committee for Combating Swine Flu and the Ministry of Health (MoH) have decided to double the stocks of Tamifllu tablets and are currently preparing an emergency plan to help combat possible breakout of swine flu, Gulf News has learnt. Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali, Minister of Health spoke to Gulf News about precautionary measures the ministry is preparing in case the region is affected. "To date the UAE is not affected by swine flu, however, precautionary measures are ...  >>MORE

UAE Ministry of Health announces the first case of H1N1 virus in the country

Posted on 25/05/2009

The UAE Ministry of Health announced handling of the first case of H1N1 in the country after laboratorial tests came positive on a male passenger who arrived from Canada. HE Dr. Hanif Hassan, UAE Minister of Health, said, 'The patient, who arrived to the country on a flight from Canada, is recovering now at a government hospital after he has received a course of treatment. He will remain under observation and treatment for ten days as medically recommended. Passengers who were on the same ...  >>MORE

Woman quarantined at Nepal airport is not UAE national

Posted on 23/05/2009

The woman who was held and quarantined at Nepal's Tribhuvan International Airport in Katmandu is a Nepalese and not a UAE national, a UAE health ministry sources affirmed today. The source said that following contacts made by the Foreign Ministry with the Nepalese embassy in Abu Dhabi, the country's diplomatic missions in India and the Nepalese authorities, it was established that the Nepalese women is working in Dubai and she is on a leave now. It was also confirmed that she is not infected ...  >>MORE

Passenger suspected of swine flu put in isolation

Posted on 22/05/2009

A passenger who arrived in Abu Dhabi from Canada was put in isolation after he was suspected of having a swine flu, the Ministry of Health announced yesterday. The Ministry said the passenger was undergoing medical check ups to diagnose his condition. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

UAE capable of testing for swine flu

Posted on 20/05/2009

Two laboratories in the UAE possess the capacity to test for the H1N1 Type A Influenza Virus, or swine flu thus improving the country's chances of dealing with an outbreak. "We have at least two labs recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to test for the virus," an official with the National H1N1 Committee told Gulf News. Previously, any tests had to be done in Oman, which hosts a WHO laboratory. He added the move helps bolster the country's capabilities to deal with a possible ...  >>MORE

Committee discusses measure to prevent swine flu

Posted on 18/05/2009

The Supervisory Committee for Prevention from Swine Flu held a meeting yesterday under the chairmanship of Health Minister H.E. Dr Hanif Hassan. The Committee members discussed the measures taken to prevent swine flu entry into the country. They also reviewed progress of the case of the Indian airline passenger with suspected swine flu, who made a stop-over in Dubai en route to Hyderabad, as well as the measures taken to ensure safety of all passengers on that flight. "Neither the passengers, ...  >>MORE

MoH issues statement on Swine Flu

Posted on 17/05/2009

The Ministry of Health said yesterday that its technical committee on Swine flu has taken all the necessary measures after it was announced in New Delhi that an Indian citizen, who transited through Dubai Airport on his way from New York to Hyderabad, has been suffering from the symptoms of H1N1. Dr Ali Ahmed bin Shukr, Director General of the ministry told Emirates News Agency (WAM) in a statement yesterday that the traveller used Dubai airport as a transit point arriving from New York on ...  >>MORE

Health Ministry stresses UAE is free from swine flu, says 20 H1N1 thermal detectors arrived

Posted on 14/05/2009

The UAE Ministry of Health today said 20 H1N1 swine flu thermal detectors had arrived in the country and will be installed at the country's airports and points of entry as part of the UAE's preventive measures against the disease. Swine flu thermal imaging devices are special cameras used for scanning passengers for swine influenza (H1N1) and detecting possible alterations in passengers' body temperatures Director General of the Ministry of Health Dr Ali Ahmed Bin Shoukr who made the ...  >>MORE

First National Comprehensive Preventive Campaign against H1N1 Flu launched

Posted on 12/05/2009

The Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Emirates Mobile Hospital, have launched the National Comprehensive Preventive Campaign against H1N1 in strategic partnership and cooperation with public institutions and private corporations. The two- month nationwide preventive campaign, is in line with the national programme for emergency medical response against Swine Flu and other diseases. Dr Ali Shakr, Director General of the MoH and chairman of the technical committee of Anti Swine Flu, said the ...  >>MORE

Al Qattami briefed on National Preventive Plan against H1N1 Virus

Posted on 11/05/2009

UAE Health Minister, has reiterated the UAE is free from any infections of Swine Flu virus H1N1, commending the efforts of the technical health committee in preventing this virus. He emphasised the need for continuing cooperation to prevent and protect the community from Swine Flu, adding that the directives of the leadership are being implemented as all are working with team's spirit and national responsibility. The remarks were made in a meeting here yesterday at the ministry during the ...  >>MORE

Hamdan orders 100,000 capsules of Tamiflu to MoH

Posted on 11/05/2009

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the National Committee on Emergency Response to Bird Flu, has instructed delivery of 100,000 capsules of TAMIFLU (oseltamivir phosphate) for flu treatment to inventories of the Ministry of Health. "All potentials and energies are mobilised to keep the swine flu at bay,” he affirmed. Sheikh Hamdan said that the Health Authority - Abu Dhabi - has been tasked with coordinating with the Ministry of Health to secure the ...  >>MORE

Mock drill on H1N1 attack

Posted on 10/05/2009

The first mock drill on H1N1 (Swine Flu) attack on the region has been conducted here jointly by the Emirates National Emergency Medical Response Programme (ENEMRP), the Emirates National Emergency Medical Response Academy (ENEMRA) and the Advanced Integrated Systems (AIS). The exercise is aimed at training medical, administrative and technical cadres to face effectively any eventual Swine Flu case in the country. The training programme, code named "Estijaba", which was conducted according to ...  >>MORE

UAE National Emergency Response Committee to combat Swine Flu launched

Posted on 09/05/2009

Deputy Prime Minister HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the National Emergency Committee for Anti Bird Flu, said the UAE from the day one has given priority to the preventive measures of Swine Flu to safeguard the health of UAE nationals and expatriates alike. "This preparedness was exhibited in tightening preventive precautionary measures taken immediately to keep the disease at bay", he added. Addressing the launch of the UAE National Emergency Response Committee to ...  >>MORE

Health Minister assures of enough Tamiflu in storage

Posted on 09/05/2009

Minister of Health, Humaid Al-Qattami, has assured the general public that the UAE had taken all necessary preventive and curative steps to deal effectively with the H1N1 (Swine Flu) virus and to prevent it from reaching the country and to treat any case should the virus succeeded in slipping in. In a TV programme aired Thursday night by Dubai TV, the minister said the UAE is implementing all the steps approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO), adding that a hotline had been opened ...  >>MORE

UAE Embassy in Washington reassures UAE citizens about Swine Flu

Posted on 06/05/2009

Washington - The UAE Embassy in Washington has continued its efforts to reassure the UAE citizens in US amid reports of Swine Flu outbreak in some US States. The embassy advised the citizens to avoid congested places and follow up necessary health instructions, as well as keeping in touch with the embassy until the disease gets receded. It added that it has not so far received any report about infection of UAE citizen with Swine Flu. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

Measures to counter H1N1 virus in place

Posted on 05/05/2009

Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who is also the Chairman of the Red Crescent Authority and Head of the National Emergency Committee to Combat H1N1 virus, has said that authorities will offer all the necessary requirements that will help prevent the entry of the H1N1 virus in the country. Sheikh Hamdan said UAE leaders, led by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister ...  >>MORE

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H1N1 committee reviews preventive and educational measures


Seven H1N1 patients completed recovered: MoH


MoH to kick off H1N1 awareness campaign aimed at Hajj pilgrims in the coming season


Six new swine flu cases in UAE


Swine flu pamphlets distributed on UAE flights


MoH announces three Swine Flu cases


Swine flu awareness campaign launched in Sharjah


Transit passengers with H1N1 treated locally


Swine flu planners ready for worst


Three new cases of H1N1 infection in the UAE


UAE reports sixth and seventh flu H1N1 cases


Emirates Mobile Hospital launches website to educate about H1N1 Virus


MoH confirms fifth case of H1N1 infection in UAE


MoH confirms two more cases of Swine Flu in the UAE


UAE citizens in US are safe: Embassy


Students told to get in touch with UAE authorities over swine flu fears


MoH launches nation-wide awareness drive on H1N1 Flu


UAE confirms second case of swine flu


RCA organises workshop on flu virus H1N1


Second suspected swine flu case in UAE tests negative, says official


Higher Supervisory Committee holds Emergency Meeting to deal with A/H1N1


UAE anti-H1N1 virus measures are adequately sound: Ministry of Health


UAE to open its own labs for swine flu


Minister of Health inspects medical equipments at Sharjah airport


First case of H1N1 discharged from Tawam Hospital


Officials urge public not to panic


UAE Ministry of Health announces the first case of H1N1 virus in the country


Woman quarantined at Nepal airport is not UAE national


Passenger suspected of swine flu put in isolation


UAE capable of testing for swine flu


Committee discusses measure to prevent swine flu


MoH issues statement on Swine Flu


Health Ministry stresses UAE is free from swine flu, says 20 H1N1 thermal detectors arrived


First National Comprehensive Preventive Campaign against H1N1 Flu launched


Al Qattami briefed on National Preventive Plan against H1N1 Virus


Hamdan orders 100,000 capsules of Tamiflu to MoH


Mock drill on H1N1 attack


UAE National Emergency Response Committee to combat Swine Flu launched


Health Minister assures of enough Tamiflu in storage


UAE Embassy in Washington reassures UAE citizens about Swine Flu


Measures to counter H1N1 virus in place