A team of 105 medics from Kerala were sent on a medical mission to the UAE to treat COVID-19 patients and help them in their battle against the novel coronavirus, reports Gulf News. The team comprising of critical care nurses, doctors, and paramedics arrived at the Abu Dhabi International Airport on Wednesday morning via a “specially chartered” Etihad aircraft.
According to a report by The Indian Express, a video was shared online showing the journey of Kerala medics from their homes to Abu Dhabi airport. From leaving their families behind to going through medical check-ups at the airport, the video is a heartwarming reminder of the service provided by frontline workers at this time.
“We deeply thank the governments of the UAE and India for their support in bringing the medical team from Kochi to Abu Dhabi. Our brave 105 medics will now be a part of the UAE’s battle against COVID-19. We are stronger together,” wrote VPS Healthcare Managing Director Dr Shamsheer Vayalil.
The medics received a warm welcome at the airport. Watch the video here:
We deeply thank the governments of the UAE and India for their support in bringing the medical team from Kochi to Abu Dhabi. Our brave 105 medics will now be a part of the UAE's battle against COVID-19. We are stronger together.India in UAE (Embassy of India, Abu Dhabi) Embassy of the United Arab Emirates, India India in Dubai – Consulate General of India, Dubai
Posted by Dr. Shamsheer Vayalil on Wednesday, May 20, 2020
The Indian Ambassador to the UAE, Pavan Kapoor, told Gulf News:
“This is an excellent example of how our strategic partnership with the UAE is being implemented on the ground in the area of health care. We have always emphasized the strength of collective effort in fighting this pandemic. India and the 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.”
Reacting to the video, people on the internet lauded the Kerala medics for their courage and commitment to society at large. Have a look:
The UAE has over 26,000 COVID-19+ cases with over 230 deaths. Our doctors from Kerala will be working for the patients admitted to the critical care units. Here’s wishing them good health and success at their endeavour!