UAE sends first mobile hospital to help Rohingya refugees

Hospital will provide diagnostic, therapeutic and preventative medical services for children and elderly
UAE sends first mobile hospital to help Rohingya refugees
Thousands of Rohingya refugees fleeing from Myanmar walk along a muddy rice field after crossing the border in Palang Khali, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. (Getty Images)
By Staff writer
Sat 28 Oct 2017 09:36 AM

The UAE's first mobile field hospital to provide medical relief to Rohingya refugees has been dispatched, state news agency WAM has reported.

The hospital is to provide diagnostic, therapeutic and preventative medical services for children and the elderly under the supervision of a volunteer medical team from the UAE and Bangladesh.

The mission is a collaboration between the Zayed Giving Initiative, Dar Al Ber Society, Saudi-German Hospital Dubai and Sharjah Charity House, WAM said.

Dr Reem Osman, humanitarian ambassador for the Zayed Giving Initiative and CEO of Saudi German Hospital Dubai, said that the relief operation is part of the government's efforts to support Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

UAE heart surgeon Dr Adel Al Shamri, CEO of the Zayed Giving Initiative, added that the field hospital volunteer staff will work in coordination with official channels and in partnership with local Bangladeshi medical institutions, to build their capacities and enable them to participate effectively with the UAE medical volunteer team.

Earlier this month, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, ordered three further airlifts of relief supplies to the Rohingya refugees.

Sheikh Mohammed also ordered the creation of an open air bridge from Dubai to Bangladesh to send relief material to the refugees.

The aid effort has so far seen six airlifts of crucial relief supplies to Dhaka in Bangladesh. The air bridge operated flights on October 2, 11, 13 and 15, as well as two airlifts conducted previously in September.

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