Tuberculosis Awareness in the UAE

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Fraser Clarke

The United Arab Emirates is launching a new nationwide campaign to help educate people about the dangers of tuberculosis.

Two years ago the Emirates loosened residency restrictions for people entering the country with the condition, and those with previous scars. The previous restrictions had seen a rapid drop from 4.2 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 2000 to just 0.79 per 100,000.

Now a campaign is being introduced with the aim of eradicating the condition totally. Based mainly in the Northern Emirates of Dubai and Sharjah it aims to highlight that TB remains an issue, educating people on the symptoms to watch out for - and pointing out the importance of quick detection.

Director of Preventative Medicine at the Ministry of Health and Prevention, Dr Nada Al Marzouqi, said: ““The strategies focus on familiarising individuals with the preventive and therapeutic procedures taken by the ministry in cooperation with health institutions and health service providers in the state.

“Our main aim is to educate the public about the need to commit to and complete the treatment with appropriate preventive measures to avoid the transmission of infection."

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