By Staff writer
VPS Healthcare brought 105-member medical team of critical care nurses, doctors and paramedics from India
A 105-member medical team from India, which include critical care nurses, doctors and paramedics, has arrived in the United Arab Emirates on a medical mission to treat Covid-19 patients.
All the members of the medical team are from Kerala and had undergone a Covid-19 test on Monday in Kochi, Kerala before they boarded the flight to the UAE.
An initiative of VPS Healthcare, the team members will be working in the critical care unit of various Covid-19 hospitals.
The medical team at Abu Dhabi International Airport on a specially chartered Etihad Airways aircraft on Wednesday morning, which was facilitated by the Indian Embassy, Department of Health, and UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
“This is an excellent example of how our strategic partnership with UAE is being implemented on the ground in the area of healthcare,” said Pavan Kapoor, Indian Ambassador to the UAE.
“We have always emphasised the strength of collective effort in fighting this pandemic. India and UAE are now showing how helpful this can be in practice. This has been possible due to the long-standing and robust ties shared between our nations.”
Of the 105 members who arrived in the UAE, 75 are recruits from India and the rest 30 are employees of VPS Healthcare who went to India on vacation but couldn’t return due to lockdown.
“We are fighting an unprecedented situation,” said VPS Healthcare Group Medical Director Dr. Nabil Debouni.
“The UAE government has been rolling out a lot of initiatives across the emirates to contain the virus. We are happy and humbled to be a part of this. Bringing a medical team is a part of our continuous effort in supporting the government. It is our responsibility and duty.”
He also thanked the governments of India and the UAE for their support in bringing the medical team to Abu Dhabi.