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Long-term Dubai resident facing deportation for tuberculosis scars

61-year-old says he’s never had problems with his medical tests before

  • By Bassma Al Jandaly, Community and Crime Correspondent
  • Published: 21:00 July 21, 2013
  • Gulf News

Dubai: A man who has lived in Dubai for more than 40 years is to be deported because he has tuberculosis (TB) scars on his lungs.

The 61-year-old Indian man is being held in quarantine at Al Muhaisnah medical centre. The TB scars showed up when he went for his medical test to get a new residency visa.

Akbar Ali has worked for a cargo company in Dubai for the past 40 years but after it closed he decided to open his own company.

He told Gulf News: “I have been living here since 1970 and all my life I’ve been working legally with a valid residency visa and I have been for a medical check-up for visa requirements many times,” he said.

Ali, whose son and daughter were born here, said he cancelled his and his family’s residency visas last month and went to India for five days in order to enter on a new visa.

“When I applied for an investor visa in Dubai it was approved and I went to have my medical check-up at Karama medical centre and it was approved after a few days.

He said the medical check-up for a new residency visa required an X-ray for TB.

“I was told to collect the medical report from Al Muhaisnah medical centre,” he said.

He said that he was told that he was suspected of having TB scars.

“I was told that I may have old TB but I was issued the medical fitness certificate which proved that I’m fit to be issued a residency visa,” he added.

His residency visa was approved and stamped in his passport on Monday.

He said that on Thursday morning he received a call from Al Muhaisnah medical centre.

“I went to the medical centre and doctors made me give a blood test again and I was also asked to cough in order to give a TB test,” he said.

Ali said that he was detained by the security guard at the centre and taken into quarantine without any explanation.

“I tried to tell the doctor that I had my visa stamped and that a fitness certificate had been issued from the same centre,” he said.

He said that he told the doctor that he has been living here for the past 40 years and that he has only left the country for a few days each year.

“The doctors said that I have old scars on my lungs and that they suspect I had TB when I was born,” he said.

Ali said that his wife and daughter are back in India waiting for their visas to be issued.

“I have no clue what is going on, I went for several medical check-ups and I’m fit and healthy. Why are they detaining me here with a man who is suffering from HIV and another one suffering from hepatitis,” he said.

He said it is Ramadan and he is fasting.

“I do not know what to do and what will happen to me. I have lived here most of my life and now I’ve ended up in this situation for no reason,” said Ali.

A doctor at Al Muhaisnah clinic told Gulf News that Ali is suspected of having TB scars and he will stay in quarantine until he is deported.

The doctor did not comment on why the same centre who issued a fitness medical certificate to Ali a few days ago is now detaining him for having TB scars.

Comments (12)

  1. Added 14:41 July 22, 2013

    same prob to my mother, she have old TB scar, we r 3 brother all here. now she alone i cannot get her. now we r planing to one brother go and stay with her as she was alone at home from next year. I am appeal to U.A.E gov. to remove the ban those have old TB scar. thanks UAE.

    Faisal, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 14:39 July 22, 2013

    it was the same case with one of our relatives. He has worked here more than 4 yrs in UAE, later he was deported because his medical report shows old TB scars. We met the doctor who examined him, he said it was as per the new rule even though it is not harmful, they were also trying to convince the health authority. we 've been waiting more than one year expecting that this new rule may be relaxed.

    Bahaudeen Thaiyab, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 13:58 July 22, 2013

    Tell him to take another Medical test.

    Mohammed Habibur Rahman, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 13:52 July 22, 2013

    The authorities need to have a relook at these cases. Finally it has come to light. I know a lot of people who have been a victim of this ruling. Families have to suffer and I hope the Government looks at this favorably.

    amit, Singapore, Singapore

  5. Added 13:50 July 22, 2013

    After spending 4 years in Gulf, I was denied residency visa on account of this problem of lung scars. The doctors at Al Muhaisnah Clinic admitted that I have no health issues but due to regulation they cannot give a fit report ... I humbly request the authorities to have a look at this ruling.....Thanks

    Prashant, Mumbai, India

  6. Added 13:41 July 22, 2013

    He was in Dubai from 40years and he renewed his visa so many times that time nobody detected this problem and it seems this was there from his childhood? the person is fasting and asked him to be in quarantine..why are system / machines not been checked..?!

    Roma Adwani, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 13:37 July 22, 2013

    A person who is suspected of having TB is told to undergo a TB blood test and a sputum test. Probably he tested positive for one of those.

    Majid, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 13:19 July 22, 2013

    My Uncle too had a Scar mark of TB @ child age. But He is medically fit. He came to Sharjah on employment Visa. But his medical test failed. He is eager to come back. He check in India for Medical, and is declared fit. Only the old TB mark is remains, which is not a threat. Is any ways possible to relieve this medical case.

    Anam, Deira, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 12:18 July 22, 2013

    i do ve my fried who as similar problem of scars so will there is any solution that scars mark can go or medicine wht is the solution for that

    sweety, mumbai, India

  10. Added 12:13 July 22, 2013

    Having stayed in Dubai for 40 years and only now he has been detected of having an old TB scar? then their must be something wrong with the system in the health care screening.

    noel, Butuan city, Philippines

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