Saturday, May 09, 2020

Medical team from India lands in UAE to help in Covid-19 war

Abu Dhabi: The first batch of 88 medical professionals from India landed at 8.20pm at T2, Dubai International Airport, to help with the fight against Covid-19 in the UAE.

The nurses, who arrived via a special FlyDubai flight from Bengaluru International Airport, have all been handpicked from Aster DM Healthcare's hospitals in the Indian states of Kerala, Karnataka and Maharashtra.

Each of them were warmly welcomed with a red rose.
For Royin Mathew Thomas, it's his first trip to the UAE. Working as a nurse for the last four years, the healthcare worker says it is his duty to serve people, and so is happy to help the UAE battle the pandemic as part of this special delegation from India.

Dipika Suraj Khavale from Kohlapur has three years of experience working in the ICU, and is glad for the chance to gain a different level of experience in the UAE. "It was a little difficult to leave India, because I had to leave my two-year-old baby behind. She is being looked after by my husband and mother-in-law. My husband works as a staffer in the OT, so he understands. My family is proud of me, and I too am proud to serve."

Nurse Sreelakshmi Satyanandan had last visited the UAE in 2016 in the hopes of finding work, as her husband works at a production company here. She will be joining Aster as a new recruit. "My husband had gone to Kerala on vacation, but got stuck when the pandemic started. He's there now with our three-year-old. I'm hoping he'll be able to join us in a couple of months and we can be together here. In the meanwhile, I'm glad to be here to help."
The nurses will be placed in quarantine for the first two weeks, following which they will be assigned to various field hospitals as per the requirement.
09/05/20 Karen Ann Monsy/Khaleej Times
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