The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has stockpiled over one million tablets of Tamiflu, the best known drug to treat bird flu among humans, in a bid to combat possible outbreak of the disease in the country, the Khaleej Times reported on Monday.
"The Ministry of Health, in collaboration with other health authorities in the country, have managed to store more than one million pills of the drug to avert looming hazards bird flu virus poses," Ali Shukur, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health, was quoted as saying.
In addition, the ministry is working to provide hospitals and medical institutions with adequate precautionary items such as masks and gloves to ensure safety of people working at these facilities, Shukur said.
"We have set a plan about proper methods that should be adopted in isolating patients in case of discovering incidents. Ways of protecting residents of the area and the nearby areas where the virus might be detected has also been studied," he added.
The ministry has also formed a team to follow up closely any developments concerning outbreak of the flu in neighboring countries and evaluate impact they might have on the UAE, he said.
At least 46 cases of the H5N1 strain of bird flu have been detected in Kuwait since Feb. 25, which has raised concerns over the contagious disease in the Gulf region.