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INTERNATIONAL ISSUES - SWINE FLU THREAT

H1N1 vaccination process to cover chronic illnesses

Posted on 17/02/2010

In line with the H1N1 national vaccination strategy, the Health Authority - Abu Dhabi (HAAD), the regulatory body of the healthcare sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, issued a circular to all healthcare facilities in the Emirate on the H1N1 vaccination process for patients with chronic diseases. The stage of the vaccination process will cover a list of chronic diseases identified by HAAD including Cardiac Disease, Diabetes Mellitus, Chronic Metabolic Diseases, Asthma and Chronic Lung ...  >>MORE

HAAD tells pregnant women to take H1N1 Vaccine

Posted on 06/01/2010

The Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD), the regulatory body of the healthcare sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, announced today that the H1N1 vaccine is now available for pregnant women in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The Authority called on all pregnant women to take the vaccine to avoid catching the H1N1 flu and protect their babies Engineer Zaid AL Siksek, CEO of HAAD said: "In line with the H1N1 national vaccination strategy and according to priority groups, the Health Authority – Abu ...  >>MORE

MoH launches H1N1 vaccination drive in northern emirates

Posted on 11/11/2009

The Ministry of Health launched yesterday the H1N1 vaccination campaign in the northern emirates. Dr. Mahmoud Fikri, Executive Director of Health Policies, Ministry of Health, said about 15 preventive health centres will administer the vaccines in Dubai, Sharjah and other northern emirates. 'The vaccination will be optional for all but mandatory for pilgrims,” he said. Fikri, who also chairs the Technical Committee for Combating H1N1 virus, added that the UAE was among the first 20 ...  >>MORE

H1N1 panel thanks Sheikh Mohammed for support

Posted on 09/11/2009

The Higher Supervisory Committee for Combating H1N1 flu welcomed and valued the initiative of H.H. Gen. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, for launching the national H1N1 vaccination campaign, and being the first one to receive the vaccine yesterday. Dr. Hanif Hassan, Minister of Health and Chairman of the Committee, said the national immunization drive was launched in line with directives by President H.H. ...  >>MORE

Ministry of Health starts administering H1N1 vaccines

Posted on 09/11/2009

With an anticipated increase in H1N1 influenza cases during the winter season, the UAE now stands as the 21st country across the world to receive its first batch of H1N1 vaccine. The shipment comprised of 40,000 units is now available across private and public schools, primary health care centres and preventive care departments in the UAE. The vaccine, which will be free of charge, is in the form of a single-use injectable and will be initially given to the most vulnerable people ¬— ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Zayed gets first anti-H1N1 vaccine - UAE rolls out national anti-H1N1 campaign

Posted on 08/11/2009

A nationwide campaign to combat the swine flu (H1N1) pandemic has been launched yesterday, in presence of General H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. Sheikh Mohammed was the first to receive the swine flu vaccine. Present were H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor, H.E. Dr Hanif Hassan, Minister of Health, H.E. Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Executive Affairs ...  >>MORE

Minister of Health: H1N1 influenza under control

Posted on 18/10/2009

Ministry of Health and the National Authority for Emergency and Crisis Management launched yesterday, the second phase of the national campaign to raise awareness on combating the spread of H1N1 virus. The campaign is implemented in cooperation with various authorities in the country under the guidance of the higher leadership to achieve security and safety for all members of society. The ministry and the various institutions in the country had begun an extensive campaign since the ...  >>MORE

Swine flu shots to be free of charge in UAE

Posted on 11/10/2009

The 2009 H1N1 vaccine will be available at more than 200 primary health care centres across the UAE, Gulf News has learnt. The H1N1 flu vaccine, which is being offered free of charge, will be available to all UAE residents by the end of October. However, due to a high demand for the vaccine across the world, manufacturing companies are facing a problem of shortages. The Advisory Committee on Immunisation Practices (ACIP) and the Centres for Disease Control and ...  >>MORE

MOE launches 'Safe Schools' campaign to combat H1N1

Posted on 06/10/2009

The Ministry of Education has launched media campaign to raise awareness on combating H1N1 under the slogan: 'safe schools. The campaign targets the school community and parents for educating them on the best ways to prevent the disease and ways to keep the schools in the country free of the virus. HE Humaid Al Qattami said the campaign comes in the context of strengthening the preventive measures taken by the ministry in schools in close cooperation with health authorities in the country ...  >>MORE

H1N1 awareness campaign kicks off in schools

Posted on 05/10/2009

The School Health Services (SHS), a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) - Ambulatory Healthcare Services (AHS), has launched its first H1N1 awareness campaign across 303 public schools in the nation's capital at the start of the new academic year. SHS nurses who had attended an H1N1 workshop, offered their know-how to students across public schools, mostly focusing on the definition of H1N1, characteristics of the virus, symptoms, signs of the disease, mode of ...  >>MORE

Ministers say swine flu is under control

Posted on 03/10/2009

Swine flu is under control and there is no need to panic, ministers said yesterday when they took the unusual step of appearing in a live television broadcast to ease public anxiety. "I would like to send a message of reassurance that the situation in the UAE is very stable,” said Dr Hanif Hassan, the Minister of Health. Dr Hassan and Humaid Mohammed Obaid al Qattami, the Minister of Education, were members of a panel organised by the National Media Council and the Higher Supervisory ...  >>MORE

School Health Services Joint Committee discusses H1N1 prevention measures in schools

Posted on 02/10/2009

School Health Services Joint Committee stressed today the need for daily monitoring at schools to ensure that all health services are provided and that clinics are equipped understand the notification procedures and recommended actions for any suspected influenza cases. At a meeting chaired by Mohammed Salem Al Dhahiri, Director of Abu Dhabi Educational Zone, the committee also reviewed the preparation of school clinics, and their readiness to administer vaccines to students once instructions ...  >>MORE

H1N1 portal e-linked with that of Ministry of Education

Posted on 12/09/2009

The Ministry of Health's H1N1 flu portal was yesterday e-linked with the website of the Ministry of Education, a senior health official said today. Dr Ali bin Shukar, Director of the Ministry of Health, said: 'The latest move is complementing efforts taken by the ministry to provide updated, on time information about the disease in a way that employees of the Ministry of Education and educational institutions can access the database as well as measures the Ministry of Health is taking. 'The ...  >>MORE

Education Minister recommends H1N1 precautionary measures

Posted on 12/09/2009

Minister of Education Humaid Mohammed Al-Qattami yesterday gave directives for schools to take H1N1 precautionary measures without sparking fears among students or affecting classes. These include the setting up of teams to be led by principals who will oversee the precautionary measures. Principals will also be charged with carrying out the basic tasks of educating the staff and students on ways to counter the disease and to deal with H1N1 cases, as well as on hygiene and protection. Also, a ...  >>MORE

Efforts to protect nurseries from H1N1 flu

Posted on 10/09/2009

Officials from the ministries of health and social affairs and government and private nurseries and centres for rehabilitation of people with special needs met today to discuss best, effective methods of prevention against the H1N1 flu. Abdullah Rashid Al Suwedi, Director of the Ministry of Social Affairs, stressed the vital importance of laying down protocols and measures against the disease. "The Ministry is keen on protecting children and disabled persons from the disease,” he affirmed. ...  >>MORE

Hanif and Ghobash assert the leadership's commitment to provide all necessary requirements to combat H1N1

Posted on 09/09/2009

Minister of Health HE Dr. Hanif Hassan and Minister of Labour and chairman of the National Media Council (NMC) HE Saqr Ghobash attended yesterday an extensive media get-together organised by the NMC at the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR). The congress was organised with the aim of briefing the country's media institutions on the latest developments in the sphere of combating the H1N1 virus. The event was also attended by members of the Supervisory committee to ...  >>MORE

Ministry of Health reports two new deaths of H1N1

Posted on 09/09/2009

The Ministry of Health announced yesterday the two new death cases of the UAE national elderly man, 75 and 8 month old UAE national toddler, caused by H1N1, bringing the death toll to six in the UAE. The toddler had suffered from the heart diseases and received the treatment in U.S., while the elderly man had suffered from the chronic diseases and dyspnea. The number of death cases compared to the cases of H1N1, is less than 0.5 per cent, a reassuring percentage that effective preventive and ...  >>MORE

HAAD and ADEC set comprehensive management plan for H1N1 prevention at schools

Posted on 09/09/2009

The Health Authority Abu-Dhabi (HAAD) and Abu Dhabi Educational Council (ADEC) announced a joint comprehensive H1N1 action plan and protocols to prepare school management, staff, parents and students for the new school year. The joint action plan includes a step-by-step description of all actions to be taken by school management, teachers, pupils, school nurses and parents. This includes instructions for schools and teachers to prevent the spread of flu, processes for initial management of ...  >>MORE

HAAD: Closing schools very unlikely, H1N1 action plan fully in place

Posted on 08/09/2009

Closing schools is a very unlikely and distant scenario, but, if deemed necessary we have developed a phased action management plan in conjunction with Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) which includes remote teaching and learning components,” said CEO of Health Authority - Abu Dhabi (HAAD) Zaid Al-Siksek in a press release. HAAD has also confirmed that the comprehensive H1N1 action plan and protocols are now fully in place with ADEC to prepare school staff, management and parents for the new ...  >>MORE

H1N1 Higher Supervisory Committee holds a meeting

Posted on 04/09/2009

The H1N1 Higher Supervisory Committee on Thursday held a meeting chaired by Education Minister HE Dr Hanif Hassan. The supervisory committee was briefed by Dr. Mohammed Mattar Al Kaabi, director-general of the General Authority for Islamic Affairs and Awqaf (GAIAA), about the preparations of the GAIAA to contribute in awareness campaign whether in mosques or through religious programmes in the mass media, or through Friday sermons in cooperation with the H1N1 higher supervisory committee and ...  >>MORE

Fourth victim dies from H1N1 virus

Posted on 03/09/2009

The Ministry of Health has confirmed the death of a 28 year old Syrian from Sharjah on Tuesday due to the H1N1 infection, along with another pregnant woman, bringing the toll of H1N1 influenza deaths in the country to four. Dr Ali Bin Shakar, Director General at the Ministry of Health, told Gulf News: "The ministry has formed a committee to determine the exact cause of death of the woman, and is investigating the possibility of medical malpractice, as well as where the responsibility falls ...  >>MORE

No H1N1 vaccines until next year, sources say

Posted on 02/09/2009

The UAE Government will not be able to provide swine flu vaccines for Haj pilgrims and school children until next year, sources from the Ministry of Health, the Committee to combat swine flu, and a Swiss company making the vaccine, told Gulf News. "The manufactures who are producing the H1N1 vaccines had told the World Health Organisation (WHO) that there will be more than a six-month delay for producing and shipping the vaccine, which means that we are not going to have the vaccine before ...  >>MORE

Medical Services of the Interior Ministry launches awareness campaign on H1N1

Posted on 30/08/2009

The directorate of medical services at the Interior Ministry will organise a campaign at the reformative and punitive institutions in the northern emirates to create awareness on the H1N1 flu and the preventive methods. The week-long campaign will target both the employees and the inmates at those institutions, giving them lectures on H1N1, the infection of the virus and the ways to avert it though proper preventive measures, said Director of Medical Services Lt. Col. Ali Khamis Al Khouli. ...  >>MORE

MoH to have modern H1N1 virus lab within 60 days

Posted on 30/08/2009

The Ministry of Health will have within 60 days a state-of-the-art virology laboratory to conduct swift H1N1 tests in 24 hours. 'The modern reference lab will be built in Al Qasimi Hospital in Sharjah and will be a new addition to the already existing lab services," he said after signing a contract for establishing the lab with Abdul Aziz Al Madfa, Director of Citomed, a biotechnology company. "The lab is part of the MoH's strategy to upgrade its curative services in the northern emirates. ...  >>MORE

Ministry of Health rolls out training programme to combat H1N1 influenza

Posted on 28/08/2009

The Ministry of Health is gearing up to encounter all possibilities in the coming weeks, which will see huge rush at all entry points of the country as the citizens and expatriates are expected to return after their summer holidays and the schools are set to reopen, said Director General of MoH and chairman of the technical committee to contain H1N1 Dr. Ali Bin Shukr. Bin Shukr appealed to every individual to take all the necessary precautions, whether it be in the school buses or in ...  >>MORE

Vice President reviews anti-H1N1 measures

Posted on 27/08/2009

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 ...  >>MORE

Hoteliers briefed on flu readiness

Posted on 26/08/2009

The hotel industry in the emirate was yesterday briefed on preparations to combat swine flu by the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), in co-operation with the Dubai Health Authority (DHA). The presentation, held at the Rashid Hospital auditorium, was followed by a question and answer session by Dr Saif Ahmed Darwish, community medical physician, and Dr Hassan Shouri, consultant on infectious diseases. More than 300 professionals from Dubai's hospitality industry ...  >>MORE

WHO: Otherwise healthy people do not need antivirals for H1N1

Posted on 23/08/2009

New York - Otherwise healthy people infected with the H1N1 virus do not need to be treated with antiviral drugs, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today as it issued new guidelines in the use of the drugs against the pandemic. Worldwide, most infected patients continue to display typical influenza symptoms and fully recover within a week without any form of medical treatment. According to the new guidelines, formed by consensus by a global group of experts, healthy ...  >>MORE

Ministry of Health: Private healthcare sector a key partner in battle against H1N1

Posted on 23/08/2009

Private healthcare providers play a vital role in the global battle against H1N1 or swine flu, said Dr Ali Ahmed bin Shakar, Director General of the Ministry of Health '&' Director of the National Supervisory Committee for Combating Swine Flu. Addressing a meeting for the committee with the representatives of private healthcare facilities at the Faculty of College of the Sharjah University last Thursday, Dr bin Shakar said the Ministry was seeking to build a unified front, combining different ...  >>MORE

H1N1 committee reviews emergency plans

Posted on 18/08/2009

The Technical Health Committee for Combating H1N1 virus (Swine Flu) held a meeting yesterday with technical directors of hospitals and directors of primary health care departments to review response plans to the virus and hospitals' technical and administrative preparedness to handle a virus outbreak. Dr. Ali bin Shuker, Chairman of the Committee, stated following the meeting that his body was implementing instructions given by the country's leadership and those issued by Dr. Hanif Hassam, ...  >>MORE

UAE deals with (H1N1) cases fully transparently: senior official

Posted on 17/08/2009

The UAE health authorities have dealt with the news on (H1N1) - or swine flu- cases fully transparently, according to the Director-General of the UAE Ministry of Health (MoH) and chairman of the technical and medical committee for combating swine flu, Dr Ali Ahmad Bin Shakar. In statements to WAM, the senior health official rejected recent reports posted on electronic news websites quoting unnamed sources as saying that the committee had refrained from announcing the total number of swine flu ...  >>MORE

College students show mixed feelings over H1N1 threat

Posted on 12/08/2009

Tertiary school students say they have mixed feelings about returning to their universities owing to the possibility of contracting the H1N1 virus. "It is a little scary because people have gone to different countries," said Mariam Zubair, a student at Middlesex University Dubai (MUD). Mentioning the various nationalities making up the student body at MUD, Mariam said the return of students from their home countries could increase the chances of "people like us, who have not travelled ...  >>MORE

Ministry warns against not following H1N1 directives

Posted on 05/08/2009

The National Supervisory Committee for Combating Swine Flu (H1N1) said legal measures will be taken against government and private hospitals and clinics that do not abide by the Ministry of Health's regulations and directives in dealing with the disease. A source at the Committee told Gulf News that violations include neglecting patients with any swine flu symptoms such as high fever, dizziness, breathing difficulty and continuous vomiting. The source said that the committee received a ...  >>MORE

Minister of Health chairs meeting of the supervisory committee to combat H1N1

Posted on 04/08/2009

Minister of Health HE Dr. Hanif Hassan chaired yesterday a meeting of the supervisory committee to combat H1N1 disease in the country. The meeting reviewed the progress of the preventive measures and awareness creation campaigns adopted by the health authorities nationwide. The committee called on all the hospitals and healthcare institutions to adhere to the directives issues by the Health Ministry in this regard. It also warned that the ministry will take legal actions against any ...  >>MORE

Technical committee for combating H1N1 makes inspectional visits to hospitals

Posted on 31/07/2009

The medics, paramedics and the technical personnel in the UAE are fully qualified to handle any situation of the H1N1 infection within the boarders of the country, said a senior official. The director General of the UAE Ministry of Health (MoH) and chairman of the technical and medical committee for combating the Swine Flu Dr. Ali Ahmed Bin Shukr said that sub committees set up by the ministry are continuing to conduct training programmes aimed at equipping the medics and paramedics to handle ...  >>MORE

Health Ministry denies demanding H1N1 certificate from resident expatriates

Posted on 29/07/2009

The National Supervisory Committee for Combating Swine Flu (H1N1 virus) has not issued any resolution demanding resident expatriates to produce a medical clearance certificate that proves they are not infected with H1N1 virus upon returning to the country, a senior health official affirmed yesterday. "The news about this issue is completely untrue,” Dr. Ali bin Shuker, Director of the Ministry of Health and Chairman of the Technical Health Committee for Combating Swine Flu, emphasised. "The ...  >>MORE

11 cases of H1N1 recovered, says MoH

Posted on 28/07/2009

Eleven cases of Swine Flu out 46 have recovered fully and discharged from the hospital following treatment, the Ministry of Health (MoH), has said. It added that the rest of patients were still receiving the treatment and their conditions were stable, indicating that they would be discharged soon after full recovery. In related development, the Technical Health Committee on Combating Swine Flu, tasked with developing health plans and policies, precautionary and preventive procedures to combat ...  >>MORE

Police ready to combat H1N1 virus

Posted on 26/07/2009

Police are working with strategic partners to help prevent an outbreak of swine flu, a senior Abu Dhabi officer said on Saturday. Brigadier Salim Saleh Al Junaibi, Director of the Medical Services Departments at the Abu Dhabi Police, said the preventive system for combating H1N1 was part of a procedure package circulated to physicians and nurses. Al Junaibi said the measures taken by the medical services department in combating the H1N1 virus, and ways of prevention, include the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Police unveils preventive mechanism against H1N1 flu

Posted on 22/07/2009

Abu Dhabi Police has unveiled a preventive plan to combat the H1N1 flu as part of a package of medical measures and educational programmes. Brigadier Salim Al Junabi, Director of Medical Services, Abu Dhabi Police, said Abu Dhabi Police were joining forces with their strategic partners to combat and control the diseases. He said that personnel would be educated on the symptoms of the disease and preventive measures. Police labs will be provided with relevant publications,' he added. ...  >>MORE

UAE set to formulate national anti-H1N1 plan

Posted on 21/07/2009

The UAE is planning to issue a mandatory national emergency blueprint for H1N1 virus, a senior health official disclosed yesterday. "The action plan will be binding to all stakeholders meant to combat the disease...... the document is part of development process of the national comprehensive strategy in line with Gulf and Arab plans, Dr. Ali Ahmed bin Shuker, head of the Technical Health Committee on Combating the disease said after presiding over the committee's meeting today. He added ...  >>MORE

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

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H1N1 vaccination process to cover chronic illnesses


HAAD tells pregnant women to take H1N1 Vaccine


MoH launches H1N1 vaccination drive in northern emirates


H1N1 panel thanks Sheikh Mohammed for support


Ministry of Health starts administering H1N1 vaccines


Mohammed bin Zayed gets first anti-H1N1 vaccine - UAE rolls out national anti-H1N1 campaign


Minister of Health: H1N1 influenza under control


Swine flu shots to be free of charge in UAE


MOE launches 'Safe Schools' campaign to combat H1N1


H1N1 awareness campaign kicks off in schools


Ministers say swine flu is under control


School Health Services Joint Committee discusses H1N1 prevention measures in schools


H1N1 portal e-linked with that of Ministry of Education


Education Minister recommends H1N1 precautionary measures


Efforts to protect nurseries from H1N1 flu


Hanif and Ghobash assert the leadership's commitment to provide all necessary requirements to combat H1N1


Ministry of Health reports two new deaths of H1N1


HAAD and ADEC set comprehensive management plan for H1N1 prevention at schools


HAAD: Closing schools very unlikely, H1N1 action plan fully in place


H1N1 Higher Supervisory Committee holds a meeting


Fourth victim dies from H1N1 virus


No H1N1 vaccines until next year, sources say


Medical Services of the Interior Ministry launches awareness campaign on H1N1


MoH to have modern H1N1 virus lab within 60 days


Ministry of Health rolls out training programme to combat H1N1 influenza


Vice President reviews anti-H1N1 measures


Hoteliers briefed on flu readiness


WHO: Otherwise healthy people do not need antivirals for H1N1


Ministry of Health: Private healthcare sector a key partner in battle against H1N1


H1N1 committee reviews emergency plans


UAE deals with (H1N1) cases fully transparently: senior official


College students show mixed feelings over H1N1 threat


Ministry warns against not following H1N1 directives


Minister of Health chairs meeting of the supervisory committee to combat H1N1


Technical committee for combating H1N1 makes inspectional visits to hospitals


Health Ministry denies demanding H1N1 certificate from resident expatriates


11 cases of H1N1 recovered, says MoH


Police ready to combat H1N1 virus


Abu Dhabi Police unveils preventive mechanism against H1N1 flu


UAE set to formulate national anti-H1N1 plan


H1N1 committee reviews preventive and educational measures