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Posted On: 18 May 2009 09:38 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:09 pm

Medical check-up ‘compulsory for all newcomers to Qatar’

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The director of Medical Commission Dr Ahmed Naji has reiterated that medical check-up was obligatory for all workers coming to Qatar, regardless of certificates they carried with them from their countries. According to a report in a local Arabic daily, Dr Naji said the Medical Commission had last month detected 17 cases of Aids, 18 cases of hepatitis and 575 cases of TB although most of them carried health certificates from their countries testifying that they were medically fit. Dr Naji said those who are medically unfit should return to where they came from. He blamed the contracting companies for the lapse in the system, saying it was “because the recruiters did not take the workers to good health centres for the check-up”. The Medical Commission had found that 1,065 expatriates were medically unfit in 2000. In 2005 their number was 2,699, 4,789 in 2006) and 7,000 in 2007. The number of medically unfit labourers during the past four months is 1,237, Dr Naji said.