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ABU DHABI, Nov 12 (Bernama) — The United Arab Emirates (UAE) government will make medical tests mandatory for students during their enrollment process in schools, the Emirates news agency (WAM) quoted a local newspaper Khaleej Times as reporting on Wednesday.
The mandatory tests, which will include blood and urine tests, are part of the Health Ministry’s school health program to detect and prevent diseases among children at an early age, said the report.
The ministry’s decision to make the tests mandatory firstly in public schools results from the fact that diseases such as anaemia, diabetes and thalassemia go undetected for years until they become full-blown cases, Fawzia Al Jaziri, a senior official with the ministry, was quoted as saying.
The official added that “the tests will be conducted during the time of admission among children of kindergarten 1, again when the child enters grade 5 and finally in grade 9.”
According to the official, the tests will be handled by the school doctor or nurse.
If a serious case is detected, it will be forwarded to a primary healthcare center while the school doctor or the nurse will be required to maintain a regular follow-up with the parents regarding proper treatment and medicine for the student.
The schools will be required to train teachers to deal adequately with such children.