DHA advocates importance of medical fitness screening through Twitter clinic
The Medical Fitness Department of the Dubai Health Authority(DHA) took part in the twitter clinic to educate people about the medical fitness process and to address queries.
Medical Fitness is a mandatory requirement for all expats in the UAE. It is required for a residency, employment, education or residency visa.
The DHA has 16 medical fitness centres located across different parts of the Emirate for issuance and renewal of medical fitness tests.
Maisa Al Bustani, Director of Medical Fitness addressed several queries posted on the DHA twitter account.
She advised that people who employ house help should get their employees screened for infectious diseases as soon as they arrive in the UAE. She said, “Mandatory screening for housemaids includes Hepatitis B, HIV, TB, Syphilis and pregnancy test. The housemaid also receives all three doses of the Hepatitis B vaccine, if she does not have it already. We advise people to get their house help screened as soon as they arrive in the country.”
She said, “Two categories of employees undergo additional screening, these include, household workers such as drivers, cooks, gardeners, nannies and housemaids. The second category includes people in the food industry, those working in beauty parlours and health clubs.” “Additional screening is required for these categories because of the sensitivity of their profession,” she added.
In terms of service provision, she highlighted that the DHA offers mobile medical fitness service for companies with a large number of employees. “This is not the Tawajod service, it’s an additional service we started for companies with a large number of employees. This service is available for renewal of visas which only requires a blood test. Our team conducts these tests on-the-spot in the premises of the company. We encourage more companies to make use of this opportunity. At one time more than 70 employees are screened,” she added.
In addition, the DHA has the Tawajod( at your doorstep) service and Tawajod Xpress service. This service is free of cost for people with special needs and only Dh 260 is charged for visa. From January to March this year, 440143 medical fitness procedures ( renewal and issuance) were conducted. In terms of Tawajod services, 3610 requests for Tawajod were received this year.
Al Bustani said, “In addition to providing such services, we are also expanding our centres. By early 2015, we will establish two medical fitness centres for occupational screening. This screening is needed for those people who wish to get a certification according to the requirement of their profession. This includes heavy truck drivers, civil defence professionals etc. The centres will be located in Mirdiff and Karama.”
“By the end of 2014, we will establish one new branch in new Dubai exclusively for VIP patients. We have received many requests from customers in new Dubai for VIP medical fitness and in line with this demand we are building an exclusive centre in new Dubai. This area includes Dubai Mariana Discovery Gardens etc,” Al Bustani added.