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PM Modi gets a SOS message from UAE for Indian healthcare personnel
The UAE, a federation of seven emirates with a population of less than 10 million people, has already reported 11,000 Covid-19 cases and has been adding an average of 500 patients every day. (SAI Bureau) New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi being seen off by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan on conclusion of his 3-nation visit at Abu Dhabi in UAE in August 2019. The United Arab Emirates has requested the government to send Indian doctors and nurses to help the Emirates fight the Covid-19 pandemic, a senior government official said on Tuesday. The UAE, a federation of seven emirates with a population of less than 10 million people, has already reported 11,000 Covid-19 cases and has been adding an average of 500 patients every day. It relies heavily on foreign-educated doctors and paramedics including those from India to staff its hospitals. Some of them were on leave when governments in Delhi and Abu Dhabi cancelled all commercial flights to stop the coronavirus diseases from spreading their respective countries. “We have received two requests. One, to allow the healthcare providers who were travelling to India when commercial flights were cancelled to return to UAE to resume their duties,” a top government functionary told media. The second, is permission to hire or avail the services of doctors and nurses for a shorter duration to tide over the immediate crisis. “The requests are being considered of the government,” the official said. Officials said Abu Dhabi had offered to send a special plane to fly the Indian healthcare professionals employed by its hospitals. Considering the nature of the relationship between the two countries, the first request is likely to be processed first, another official said. The request for additional doctors and paramedical staff, however, requires wider consultations within the government, the official said. The decision would be made after evaluating India’s requirements at this stage. But the effort is to find a way out to help UAE at this crucial juncture.
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