Editor’s Note: This letter was sent in response to an article published in Gulf News
UAE schools covered by Ministry of Health and Prevention are well-equipped
Starting from the academic year 2014-2015, epinephrine injections were made available in all government schools covered by the Ministry of Health and Prevention to be able to deal with cases of food and drug allergy (‘Schools ill-equipped to handle food allergies’, Gulf News, April 19).
Preventive medicine departments in all medical districts were instructed to provide epinephrine ampules to all private schools also during vaccination sessions.
Earlier this academic year in collaboration with the Department of Nursing and the Department of Pharmacy, a policy was developed specifically for the school nurses on how to deal with allergies and how to use epinephrine in schools.
In this context, training sessions were conducted for school nurses on diagnosing and dealing with allergies in schools.
This is a part of the many steps taken by School Health Section in the Ministry of health and Prevention to improve the medical care provided to students in schools.
By the Ministry of Health and Prevention
South Korea’s inspiring new president
Although South Korea’s new president has been described by some as bland and uninspiring, I think he is quite the opposite (‘Who is South Korea’s Moon Jae-In?’, Gulf News, May 10). He’s a Korean Nelson Mandela, coming from a very modest upbringing, going to jail at university for leading democracy rallies in the 1980s, becoming a human rights lawyer and making a career in politics weeding out corruption. With the past president’s follies, I’m sure this change towards a president who is open to talks with China, Japan and North Korea, is very inspiring. No wonder he won by such high margins, and I look forward to seeing what he does.
From Mr Gautam
Modern and peace loving cleric
The Islamic cleric, Maulana Tariq Jameel, from Pakistan is a polite, soft spoken, humble and down to Earth learned cleric who only teaches love and peace (‘Maulana Tariq Jameel offloaded from flight due to delay in security clearance’, Gulf News, May 11). He is against extremism. Surely he will be cleared of these accusations. Islam is a modern and international way of life.
From Mr Syed Ali
It’s indeed strange – very strange. Jameel is so humble and down to Earth, he would never do anything to hurt anyone. He always works to unite the Muslim community.
From Mr Nadeem Qureshi
It’s absurd and unfortunate to see that during the National Entrance Eligibility Test (NEET), students in the Indian state of Kerala were asked to remove undergarments in public (‘Hunt for cheats lands teachers in hot water’, Gulf News, May 10). This practice is not seen anywhere in the world. The invigilators should have used common sense to understand Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSC) guidelines while conducting examinations. Stripping inner wear to find metallic objects and abusing girls in public is not conducive for a civilised society and this reflects the saddest mindset of the teachers who find happiness by insulting others. Teachers are supposed to be a role model for others. Education means providing dignity to individuals and human values to society, but here we see utter failure in conducting a competitive exam. Teachers who were arrogant and abusive should face legal action.
From Mr Eappen Elias
Don’t kill your business!
Organisation corporate culture can be influenced negatively by an intolerance towards people depending on their ethinicity, social class, where corrupt human resource practices are playing a game of matching positions with suitable ethnicities or nationalities.
When those efforts are directed within the facilitative environment, it creates discrimination and removes equal rights on promotions and ignoring qualifications. It’s not only unethical, but extremely detrimental to a company. By applying these practices on who has the right to be a leader or who is entitled to see plans, they are killing high performance work of an organisation.
It’s all about a focus on enhancing employee involvement by promoting communication, trust and engagement. These practices translate into performance that is sustainable over the long term. People’s competitive advantage manifests in business when placing people in the heart of organisation’s operation. It all depends on securing employees’ development and involvement.
From Mr Ali Al Aradi
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