'Abu Dhabi schools free of Mers virus'

Abu Dhabi schools are free from any coronavirus infections, said Dr Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Education Council.

Dr. Al Qubaisi assured parents that there are no cases of coronavirus infections among students.

The UAE is keen on taking all precautionary measures in such matters, she added.


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She said the Abu Dhabi Education Council takes all necessary health precautions in schools to counter any diseases or epidemics like coronavirus in collaboration with the Saha company .

She said this during an inspection visit to Mubarak bin Mohammed School on the first day of the new academic year.
Mohamed Salem Al Dhaheri, executive director of school operations at the Abu Dhabi Education Council, was also present and met a number of teachers and students.

Meanwhile,  Dr Al Qubaisi said the Abu Dhabi Education Council will be opening 18 new private schools in the next academic year to receive 14,000 students, mostly for middle-income groups.

Though there are schools for low-income families, their number is not enough, she added.

Al Qubaisi welcomed the decision to close villa schools in which about 70 per cent of the Arab children studied.

Dr Al-Qubaisi said schools which shifted to new buildings have no right to hike tuition fees by more than 20 per cent for students who were with them when they were housed in villas. But the schools can charge new fees from new students, she added.


UAE assures residents on Mers virus

Health Authority Abu Dhabi (Haad) has reassured citizens and residents in the Emirate on the Mers Coronavirus (Mers Cov) illness status and asked the public to practise their daily life activities normally. Haad calls on all residents to avoid rumours and refer to official reliable sources for information on the illness.

Haad, in its statement, confirmed that the current situation is not a public health concern and that it is coordinating with the Ministry of Health (MoH) and other authorities in the country, and has taken all necessary measures as per international standards and recommendations from the World Health Organisation (WHO), including screenings for all contacts of affected individuals as per international standards and best practice.

Haad advises the public to follow these tips to help prevent respiratory illnesses:

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds, and help young children do the same. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitiser.

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze then throw the tissue in the trash.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact, such as kissing, sharing cups, or sharing eating utensils, with people having fever or flu-like illnesses.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs.

Wear masks in mass gatherings such as Hajj or Umrah.

Haad stressed the need to follow information released about the illness by the Ministry of Health and health authorities. Cases of Mers Cov have been reported by the WHO from 2012.

The MoH stated that the WHO confirmed the virus is not a concern for public health at the moment, and that the current situation does not require a travel ban to any country in the world, screenings at different ports, or any restrictions on trade.

MoH reassured everyone that globally, detected cases continue to be very low compared to other types of flu-like illness. The MOH confirmed that it is monitoring the situation closely to ensure the health and safety of everyone.

MoH and Health Authorities along with the WHO are working closely with all government and health authorities to understand the risks of this virus and the way it spreads between people.

One Mers virus death in UAE; Five others infected

The Ministry of Interior has reported six cases of infection by the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (Mers-CoV) among its Filipino paramedics working at the Al Ain Rescue and Ambulance Section, with one of them succumbing to the disease.

The cases were diagnosed during the periodic medical examinations.

In a statement issued in this regard, the ministry announced that it has taken all necessary preventive health measures by placing the patients under quarantine.

“The ministry has also been in touch with community members who have been transferred lately to hospitals to check on their health condition by precaution,” added the statement.

Furthermore, the Ministry of Interior stressed its commitment to transparency in disclosing news of interest to community members and related to their security and safety.

11 cases in Jeddah Governate

On April 9, the Saudi Health Affairs Department in Jeddah stressed that the status of the Corona-virus in Jeddah Governorate is stable, and the situation is reassuring.

The Saudi State News Agency, SPA, quoting a press statement of the department, said that the total number of confirmed cases already announced in Jeddah Governorate amounted to 11 cases; two people died, six recovered and three are still receiving medical care.

Saudi Health Minister reassures public regarding Mers

Dr Abdullah Al-Rabiah, Health Minister of Saudi Arabia, yesterday inspected a number of hospitals in the province of Jeddah. 

He was reassured on the health of the patients and was briefed on the sterilization units and measures of sterilisation mechanisms.
Dr Al-Rabiah stressed in a statement to Saudi Press Agency, that the rates of Coronavirus Mers is still reassuring and the number of cases generally is still low.

He called on all citizens and expatriates not to be deceived by rumours or wrong information circulating in the social media outlets, asking the media to take the information from official sources.

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