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INTERNATIONAL ISSUES - SWINE FLU THREAT

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

National committee on H1N1 holds meeting

Posted on 04/05/2009

UAE Minister of Health and Chairman of the Supervisory Committee on Combating H1N1 (swine flu) Humaid al-Qattami yesterday stressed that the UAE's leadership gives the highest priority to the health and the safety of the community. This, he said, include, among other things, providing all capabilities and resources for protection from all diseases and endemics including H1N1. He underscored coordination and cooperation among all relevant local and federal authorities to counter the disease. ...  >>MORE

Dubai Airports tightens screening for swine flu

Posted on 04/05/2009

Dubai Airports said it is working very closely with the Department of Health to prevent the entry of swine flu (H1N1 influenza). As part of the preventive measures thermal imaging cameras have been installed at Dubai International for screening passengers arriving from affected areas. "All screenings (of passengers for swine flu) done over the weekend were normal", it said in a press release. Airlines have been requested by Dubai Airports to inform passengers onboard of the screening at ...  >>MORE

Sharjah airport to use thermal scanners to detect swine flu cases

Posted on 04/05/2009

Sharjah International Airport will put thermal scanners in place on Monday and passengers flying in from the West will be screened for suspected cases of H1N1 (swine flu), a senior doctor said. "The airport receives flights from Athens, Greece, and transit passengers from Europe and Turkey pass through Sharjah," said Dr Essam Salameh, head of medical services at the Airport. "Ministry of Health procedures are already in place. Suspected passengers are presently being screened with the ...  >>MORE

Ministerial Council for Services approves swine flu precautions

Posted on 04/05/2009

The Ministerial Council for Services on Sunday gave directions to the Ministry of Health to take all preventive and precautionary measures and coordinate with all relevant authorities in order to prevent the entry of any H1N1 (swine flu) cases in to the UAE. This came at a meeting chaired by Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of the Ministerial Council for Services H.H Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed al-Nahyan. The meeting also discussed a report prepared by Minister of Health Humaid ...  >>MORE

GCC Health Ministers' emergency meeting adopts measures to combat Swine Flu

Posted on 03/05/2009

Doha - Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) Member States and Yemen began their emergency meeting in Doha Saturday to discuss urgent preventive precautionary measures to fight Swine Flu. UAE Health Minister Humaid Al Qattami, who headed the UAE delegation to the Doha meeting, said that it has been agreed in the meeting to set up a Unified Gulf Strategy to be effective next week to combat Swine Flu. The ministers examined in the meeting the available strategic reserve of vaccines. The ...  >>MORE

UAE Health Ministry: UAE, Gulf countries free of swine flu

Posted on 03/05/2009

UAE Minister of Health and Chairman of the Supervisory Committee on Combating Swine Flu Humaid al-Qattami today stressed that the UAE and other Arabian Gulf countries are free of swine flu and that no cases of the infection have been reported in this region despite its close connection with the rest of the world. During an inspection of the swine flu thermal-Imaging detectors and other medical procedures put in place at Terminal 3 of Dubai International Airport, Al-Qattami further stressed ...  >>MORE

Importers on lookout for swine flu spill over effects

Posted on 03/05/2009

Food importers in the UAE are keenly watching the situation arising from the outbreak of swine flu and whether there is any spill over effect on other meat products such as beef and poultry. Most countries have already banned pork imports from the region where the disease is said to have originated – Mexico and the US. The UAE has gone a step further and completely banned the import of all pork products. Some countries, such as Russia and Japan, have banned the import of even beef and ...  >>MORE

Airport scanners check for signs of swine flu

Posted on 03/05/2009

More than 20,000 passengers arriving at the capital's airport from countries affected by swine flu have been screened in the past two days, but so far, everyone has tested normal. On leaving the aircraft, passengers are channelled through a cordoned-off area where medical staff in face masks operate two infrared scanners which project colour-coded images on screens. Anyone who scans red will be taken aside for further tests, although all of those screened so far have given normal readings. ...  >>MORE

Health Ministry ready to fight swine flu outbreak

Posted on 02/05/2009

The Health Ministry is fully prepared to counter any risk of swine flu outbreak, with precaution measures already in place. A technical committee ordered formed by Health Minister H.E. Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qattami, held its first meeting here on Thursday under the chairmanship of Dr Ali Ahmed bin Shukr, Director General of the Ministry. The committee decided to acknowledge a move made on April 29 by World Health Organisation (WHO) Chief Margaret Chan to raise the swine flu alert to level ...  >>MORE

UAE to participate in GCC emergency meet on Swine Flu in Doha

Posted on 02/05/2009

The UAE will participate in the emergency meeting of health ministers of member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to be held today in the Qatari capital, Doha, to discuss the ways to effectively face the dangers of the Swine Flu, which is spreading at alarming rate in various parts of the world. Minister of Health, Humaid Al-Qattami, will leave here tomorrow for Doha, heading a UAE delegation to the meeting. He is being accompanied by the Secretary General of the Environmental ...  >>MORE

UAE Embassies, Consulates abroad alerted on Swine Flu

Posted on 01/05/2009

The UAE Foreign Ministry has instructed the UAE embassies and consulates abroad to take necessary preventive precautionary measures against Swine Flu. Ambassador Sultan Mohammed Al Qurtasi, director of the consular department at the ministry, said the ministry had issued circulars to the embassies and consulates abroad, on taking required precautionary measures to deal with any Swine Flu eventuality. He added that there was hotline with the missions abroad to follow up reports on the UAE ...  >>MORE

UAE delegation in Geneva takes preventive measures against Swine Flu

Posted on 01/05/2009

Geneva - UAE's permanent delegation in Geneva announced yesterday that it has adopted a number of preventive measures to protect the Emirati students and other UAE citizens currently in Switzerland from contracting Swine Flu virus. The delegation is constantly in touch with the Emirati citizens in Switzerland to give them necessary preventive advices. A work team has been set up in addition to three hotlines that work round the clock. The delegation is also communicating with the health ...  >>MORE

UAE consulate in Munich reassures safety of UAE citizens

Posted on 01/05/2009

Munich - All UAE citizens currently in the German city of Munich are safe and in good health, and none of them have been exposed to swine flu; asserted the UAE consulate here. The consulate said that it will continuously communicate with the citizens to reassure about their health and give them necessary advices to avert contracting the disease. A hotline has been set up by the consulate for the benefit of the Emiratis in the Bavaria state. ...  >>MORE

UAE students, citizens in France are safe, says embassy

Posted on 30/04/2009

Paris - The United Arab Emirates embassy in Paris has announced a set of precautionary measures the UAE students and citizens can take to reduce the risk of infection with H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu. The embassy staff contacted the students and other UAE citizens visiting France to recommend necessary precaution measures. The embassy also set up a hotline for citizens to call the embassy. It said that it is closely following the developments with the Foreign and Health ...  >>MORE

UAE bans import and sale of pork 'as a precaution against swine flu'

Posted on 30/04/2009

The UAE has banned the import and sale of pork in the country as a precautionary measure against swine flu, a senior official told Gulf News on Wednesday. General Secretariat of Municipalities [GSM] issued a circular on Monday banning import and sale of all types of pork in the country, Mohammad Jalal Al Reyaysa, Manager of Communication and Information Department at Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) said. The ban covers cooking the pork in hotels [for non Muslims], he added. GSM ...  >>MORE

Hamdan chairs emergency meeting on swine flu

Posted on 29/04/2009

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the National Committee for Emergency Response to Bird flu, has called on the authorities concerned to take all precautionary measures to prevent the swine flu from entering into the country. Sheikh Hamdan also issued instructions for complete coordination among these bodies to ensure that the UAE is free of the swine flu. Sheikh Hamdan issued his directives as he presided yesterday over an emergency meeting of the ...  >>MORE

UAE Health Minister sets up two committees for swine flu

Posted on 29/04/2009

UAE Health Minister Humaid Mohammed al-Qattami yesterday, in two ministerial decisions, set up two committees to encounter any threat of swine flu."The Technical Health Committee on Combating Swine Flu" will be tasked with developing health plans and policies, precautions and preventive procedures to combat swine flu in accordance with the communicable diseases law. It will also be tasked with coordinating with the World Health Organization and other relevant regional and international ...  >>MORE

UAE, other countries in the region free from Swine Flu

Posted on 29/04/2009

The UAE and Arab Gulf Cooperation Council countries are free from Swine Flu recently diagnosed in Mexico and neighbouring countries, said UAE Health Minister HE Humaid Al Qattami at a press conference held yesterday at The Address Hotel in Dubai. "The UAE leadership's directives are clear in such world pandemic cases. The competent authorities have commenced taking appropriate preventive precautionary measures as per the protocols of the World Health Organisation (WHO)", he added. Al Qattami ...  >>MORE

UAE Embassy in Washington advises nationals in U.S. on swine flu

Posted on 29/04/2009

Washington - UAE Embassy in Washington has implemented a number of actions to provide for the health and safety of UAE nationals in the U.S. after cases of swine-flu were reported in the United States. The Embassy has contacted UAE nationals (visitors, students and patients and their companions), in the states in which swine flu cases have been reported, alerting them to take extra safety and preventive measures. They have been advised to remain in touch with the Embassy in case of ...  >>MORE

UAE mission in London initiates steps to protect UAE citizens in UK against swine flu

Posted on 29/04/2009

London - The UAE Embassy in London has taken precautionary and preventive measures to protect UAE students attending British universities and UAE nationals mainly patients receiving treatment in UK hospitals from the infection of the swine flu which is sweeping several parts in Europe and Americas. UAE Ambassador to the UK Abdul Rahman Al Mutaiwee said the mission in London has mobilised all its human and technical resources to ensure safety of UAE citizens in the UK. "The Embassy is ready to ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Airports Company announces full readiness to combat threat of swine flu at its airports

Posted on 29/04/2009

In response to the recent outbreak of swine flu in several countries globally, the Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) yesterday announced its full readiness to implement the emergency action plan, on advice from Abu Dhabi Department of Health. In a meeting held yesterday with key agencies and stakeholders, including Etihad Airways and other local and international carriers, ADAC discussed and agreed on the steps and measures to be taken to ensure coordinated implementation of its risk ...  >>MORE

UAE high-ranking officials meet tomorrow to discuss swine flu

Posted on 27/04/2009

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, will chair tomorrow a high-level meeting to discuss the latest developments in regards to the swine flu, Health Minister Humaid Al Qattami announced today. He said the Ministry of Health is maintaining contacts through a hot line with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other countries which detected cases of swine flu to follow up the situation. "We are closely monitoring latest developments in a number of infected countries ...  >>MORE

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