A Real story of a victim of Dubai ( United Arab Emirates)
Inhumane and Discriminating law of Dubai (U.A.E) for Tuberculosis Patients
My name is Charanjeet Singh, an Indian national and a former resident of U.A.E.
March 2013 I was suspected with old tuberculosis by D.H.A (Dubai Health Authority) and was deported immediately. Many others are getting deported everyday just due to a scar in their lungs; Dubai calls it as Old T.B scar!
March 4th i went for medical test and after 18 day i.e. on 22nd at al Muhaisna medical centre D.H.A declared i have old T.B doubtfulness, since i have a scar in my .They said I had T.B in the past, perhaps when I was born at that time, you might be unaware.
Neither me while working and staying in my home country, nor my parents had any T.B infection in their lifetime.
2 times i had skin test (Mantoux) test and both time it was Negative, first test at Dubai when i saw nurse writing on my card as negative and 2nd time one at A.I.I.M.S.
I went to A.I.I.M.S hospital at New Delhi and done all my checkups i.e. skin test (Mantoux), chest x-ray, blood test, 3 times sputum test and a chest C.T scan too on special advise by senior doctor to have a close look at the scar, and on that basis they did issued me the Certificate stating that I do not have any active T.B. Senior doctors (A.I.I.M.S) asked me why did they deported you when there is no sign of T.B in our body?
D.H.A does guess work on T.B on the basis of mere x.ray film. Telling you the fact as it is!
I really felt humiliation from U.A.E and felt depressed about this brutal and outdated law of deporting the patients just like a prisoner after he completes his punishment. I never expected this kind of behavior from U.A.E as happened with me.
D.H.A was not ready to give me anything about my sickness in written! Was something concealed from me?? They might have Personal laws!
Present circumstances reminds me the malpractice of untouchability existed 5 decades ago, where in an individual was deliberately excluded from social interaction permanently.
Remove the sickness from U.A.E instead of removing sick.
If Government is really scared from heart to help these patients then at least they should not treat them like prisoners, sent back to their home country with permanent ban to enter U.A.E just because of a small scar.
Assuming the current scenario in the future, i will never suggest any citizen of my country to work and visit U.A.E whether they provide double pay of what your are getting in your home country. Finally, they will be the culprit if they still go and get kicked in case they are sick with T.B. in the mid of their growing career just and just because of U.A.E’s adamant laws.
Disease may happen to anyone at any time don’t know what would be the emotional cause behind that disease. Today it’s my turn; tomorrow could be the ignoring readers from different countries!!
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