ERC aids the fight against cholera

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A man has been sen­tenced to life in prison af­ter be­ing caught in pos­ses­sion of 5.7kg of syn­thetic cannabis known as spice. Abu Dhabi Crim­i­nal Court handed down the sen­tence to the Bri­tish na­tional af­ter he was found guilty of pos­ses­sion and deal­ing. His three col­leagues, also from the UK, were charged over the same of­fences but were ac­quit­ted. Pros­e­cu­tors ear­lier told court that the three men and a woman were ar­rested fol­low­ing a tipoff to Abu Dhabi Po­lice’s Anti-Nar­cotics Depart­ment. Court doc­u­ments stated that po­lice had tracked down the group and ar­rested them at a ho­tel in the cap­i­tal. Two of the de­fen­dants were ex­pats and the other two, de­scribed as child­hood friends, were on hol­i­day to cel­e­brate a birth­day. Of­fi­cers searched the car of the man who had picked up the vis­i­tors from the air­port and found 5.76kg of spice hid­den in jack­ets in­side a bag. They had all de­nied pos­sess­ing drugs through­out their trial. The main de­fen­dant in the case de­nied any knowl­edge of the drugs. He said at an ear­lier hear­ing: “I was sur­prised when po­lice came and ar­rested us while I was with my friends in the ho­tel lobby.” He said there were no drugs on him or in his ho­tel room and was not near the car when the drugs were found. De­fen­dants con­victed at a first in­stance court can ap­peal the ver­dict and sen­tence. Emi­rates Red Cres­cent (ERC) has sent ur­gent med­i­cal sup­plies to a num­ber of hos­pi­tals in Aden to pre­vent the spread of cholera. An out­break of cholera has caused death of a num­ber of pa­tients in the Ye­men port city. The cen­tral lab­o­ra­tory at Al Jumhouriya hos­pi­tal re­ceived the oral re­hy­dra­tion so­lu­tion (ORS) to help ex­am­ine sus­pected cases of cholera. The ERC also de­liv­ered 20 bar­rels of chlo­rine as part of a con­tri­bu­tion to fight against the spread of the dis­ease. In Aden, the ERC team pro­vided the ORS to the co­or­di­na­tor of the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion ( WHO) in Ye­men, Dr Mo­hammed Cleese. He thanked the ERC on the speedy re­sponse and added that these so­lu­tions were suf­fi­cient to ex­am­ine 500 sus­pected cases. He also wel­comed the rapid re­sponse by the UAE to meet the needs of the or­gan­i­sa­tion for these so­lu­tions. Med­i­cal sources said that a num­ber of peo­ple with cholera con­tin­ues to in­crease, and called on the govern­ment and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to take ac­tion to deal with the sit­u­a­tion, es­pe­cially in Dar Saad, Al Man­soura and Al Ma’li Alli and Al Basateen dis­tricts. This move co­in­cides with an aware­ness cam­paign or­gan­ised by the ERC in schools and health cen­tres on the ways and meth­ods of pre­ven­tion of cholera. WHO warned in a state­ment posted on Twit­ter that there has been an in­crease in cholera cases in Ye­men, say­ing “it has reached a wor­ry­ing stage that should not be ig­nored”. The UAE re­cently signed agree­ments with the WHO to de­velop the health sec­tor in Ye­men through pro­grammes worth Dhs50.5 mil­lion.

SUF­FER­ING: The res­i­dents in Ye­men

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