Wednesday, May 27, 2020

UAE-India repatriation: 800 pregnant women flown home so far

Abu Dhabi: More than 800 pregnant women have already been repatriated from the UAE to India as part of the Vande Bharat Mission.

"We know there are thousands waiting but it is tough task for us to prioritise them. We have so far sent more than 800 pregnant women in advanced stage pregnancy and 850 plus patients back to India," the Consulate-General of India in Dubai said as the second phase of the UAE mission started on Tuesday.

Pregnant women and those with medical emergencies have always been on the priority list of passengers for repatriation. On May 16, during the first phase, a record 108 pregnant women and 148 people with medical emergencies were flown back on just three flights.

And now, with the second phase having additional flights, there is more hope for stranded Indians.

A total of 81 flights operated by Air India and subsidiary Air Indian Express will repatriate around 14,000 Indians till June 8.
27/05/20 Ashwani Kumar/Khaleej Times
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