36 Expatriates diagnosed with AIDS to be returned to their home countries

Health

Published: 2017-11-14 15:54

Last Updated: 2017-11-14 15:54


Globally, 36.7 million people were living with HIV at the end of 2016. (Newssourcegy.com)
Globally, 36.7 million people were living with HIV at the end of 2016. (Newssourcegy.com)
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The Ministry of Health has recorded 36 cases of AIDS amongst expatriates since the beginning of 2017.

Ibrahim Mashayekh, Head of the Department of Chest Diseases and Expatriate Health, said in a statement that they have also recorded 292 cases of Tuberculosis, 36 cases of non-pulmonary Tuberculosis and 267 cases of Hepatitis B during the same period.

The majority of cases were recorded in Amman - 32 cases of AIDS, 191 cases of Hepatitis B, 231 cases of Tuberculosis and cases of non-pulmonary Tuberculosis, while the rest were recorded in Madaba, Irbid, Aqaba and Zarqa.

Expats are required to undergo a full medical check-up as one of their legal requirements to work in the Kingdom.

Citizens who have been diagnosed with AIDS are provided with free medical treatment from the Ministry of Health. However, expatriates who have been diagnosed with AIDS are deported back to their home countries.

Globally, 36.7 million people were living with HIV at the end of 2016.