UAE Swine flu committee denies demanding medical certificates
The National Supervisory Committee for Combating Swine Flu has rebuffed claims that UAE residents holidaying abroad may be banned from returning to the Emirates...
July 28, 2009 1:06 by Dana El Baltaji
The National Supervisory Committee for Combating Swine Flu has rebuffed claims that UAE residents holidaying abroad may be banned from returning to the Emirates if they show flu symptoms, reports government-owned news agency WAM.
Dubai-based daily Gulf News claimed expatriates will be required to have medical certificates proving they are not infected, and that the committee has set up thermal scanners in shopping centers throughout the Emirates. The newspaper cited an unconfirmed senior health official as a source.
“Without this certificate, any person with swine flu symptoms will be prohibited from entering the country,” the source reportedly said.
However, Ali bin Shuker, director of the Ministry of Health and chairman of the Technical Health Committee for Combating Swine Flu , said: “The news about this issue is completely untrue.”
“The idea was not even included on the agenda of the two committees,” he added.