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Posted On: 20 July 2008 12:10 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:08 pm

Medical commission check-ups jump 218%

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THERE has been a 218% increase in the number of people undergoing tests at the Medical Commission during the first half of this year compared to the same period last year, a senior official yesterday said. Some 320,095 people underwent the tests until June this year while the figure for the same period last year was 100,618. Medical Commission director Dr Ahmed Naji said that 59,385 people underwent tests at the commission last month, which is the highest number of people to be tested in a month. He said 672 of them failed to pass as 32 tested positive for HIV, 594 were diagnosed with TB and 46 with hepatitis. Giving the figures for the first half of the year, the official said that 3,407 people had failed the tests as 148 had HIV, 3,038 were found to be afflicted with TB, 215 were diagnosed with hepatitis and six had some other diseases. He also said that until June, some 33,344 people took the medical tests to obtain the mandatory health certificates required for those working in restaurants, barbershops and beauty salons.