Cou­ples seek clar­i­fi­ca­tion over TB law change

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Ex­pats liv­ing in the UAE have opened their hearts about the or­deal of hav­ing to live apart from loved ones who have been de­nied en­try to the coun­try be­cause of the laws on tu­ber­cu­lo­sis ( TB).

Fol­low­ing an ar­ti­cle in 7DAYS in Septem­ber on changes to the law that pre­vi­ously banned peo­ple from en­ter­ing the UAE if they suf­fered from TB in the past, peo­ple af­fected came for­ward with their ex­pe­ri­ences.

7DAYS was in­un­dated with let­ters and com­ments from read­ers who were des­per­ately seek­ing clar­i­fi­ca­tion on the law.

One In­dian ex­pat, Shyam Vipin, 34, said that his wife was wrongly di­ag­nosed and she suf­fers from a dif­fer­ent kind of scar than the type as­so­ci­ated with TB. By Nawal Al Ramahi

He said that he tried to ex­plain his wife's med­i­cal sit­u­a­tion to au­thor­i­ties and showed them med­i­cal re­ports to prove it. How­ever, he said no one was able to tell him what the ex­act pro­ce­dures are.

Vipin, 34, said: “I've been fight­ing the same bat­tle for over two years since my wife was wrongly di­ag­nosed with TB and told to exit the coun­try – thus tak­ing the hap­pi­ness out of our lives.” The In­dian na­tional said that his wife, 30, did a med­i­cal test for her visa ap­pli­ca­tion in Novem­ber 2014. Vipin, who works in the advertising in­dus­try as a cre­ative direc­tor, said: “The med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion found a scar. It showed mul­ti­ple cen­trilob­u­lar tiny nod­ules with fi­bro­sis in left up­per lobe. “Hence based on th­ese in­ves­ti­ga­tions, she has been cer­ti­fied as not suf­fer­ing from past and present TB. “My wife was banned for life in 2014 as she suf­fers from a scar and we did all the ex­am­i­na­tions re­quired to prove that she doesn’t suf­fer from TB. Med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tions in Dubai and In­dia cost me at least Dhs40,000.” Vipin added: “When I heard about the cur­rent pol­icy on TB it gave me hope and was like a small light at the end of tun­nel. “I am mar­ried to my wife for seven years and I’m do­ing what­ever I can to bring her to the UAE.” Arslan Khalid, 29, who works as an agent con­tact direc­tor, said: “My wife, 26, was sent to Pak­istan be­cause she suf­fers from TB. I have vis­ited the Dubai Health Au­thor­ity (DHA) and the Min­istry of Health (MOH). “The DHA ac­cepted my doc­u­ment and sent me to a med­i­cal cen­tre in Mirdif. The DHA asks for a pass­port copy be­long­ing to the UAE res­i­dent, a cer­tifi­cate to de­ter­mine one’s re­la­tion­ship with the de­ported per­son and a pass­port copy of the banned per­son. Thank­fully, the DHA told me that I will re­ceive ap­proval to get my wife back in the coun­try.”

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