UAE reviews decision on test screening of Hepatitis C for expats

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Dubai, Jul 2 (UNI) The decision to include Hepatitis C in the new set of medical tests required by expatriates has been reviewed by the UAE Ministry of Health (MoH).

An official decree issued in Abu Dhabi yesterday cited the need for more technical studies on inclusion of Hepatitis C before a final decision was taken.

However, MoH sources told the Khaleej Times the decision was deferred due to logistic reasons, including the huge number of infected people willing to enter the country, especially from the Indian subcontinent.

The decree also calls for treating expats for syphilis and TB instead of the earlier policy of deporting them. The deportable disease list now only includes HIV/AIDS.

A report said yesterday that expats will have to undergo a urine and stool test for certain professional categories, including nannies, maid servants, private drivers, kindergarten and nursery supervisors, workers in saloons, beauty, health and fitness clubs, and in all food outlets, including cooks and butchers.

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