Dubai: In order to stop the spreading of infectious diseases in the county, UAE is planning to bar job-seekers from Asian countries infected with pulmonary Tuberculosis (TB) from working here.
Dr Mahmoud Fikri, assistant undersecretary of the MoH, said the move was in response to an increase in the number of migrants from some countries testing positive for infectious diseases. "It has been noticed that the rates of contagious diseases increased among some categories coming from some countries in which there are higher rates of these contagious diseases," he said. According to MoH data, 21 per cent of immigrants screened from Asian countries in 2009 tested positive for tuberculosis. The ministry would "take new preventive measures to curb the increase of such cases," Dr Fikri said, adding the programme has "so far kept the UAE intact from spread of the contagious diseases that pose danger to the community". Under existing laws, expatriates are required to undergo medical checks before securing a residency visa in the UAE. PTI
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