India greenlights UAE, Kuwait request for ex-military doctors, nurses


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Different Gulf international countries have additionally sounded out New Delhi that they would need Indian medical assistance and Indian scientific help and are anticipated to ship formal requests in a while.

On an average, a top military official said, about 100 doctors, 30 to 40 nurses and a few hundred paramedics retire from the Army Medical Corps every year because it should not have been conceivable to spare serving executive docs right now, the verdict makes an attempt to handle the pressing wishes of the Gulf international locations without compromising with the healthcare necessities of folks in India.

The government has given an inprinciple approval to requests from Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates to send Indian doctors and paramedics to help the two Gulf countries fight the Covid-19 pandemic, a top government official told.

Kuwait was the first one to seek Indian medical assistance earlier this month when Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah called Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Indian Air Force had then flown a 15member military rapid response team.

As this team was wrapping up, it returned on Monday but now New Delhi received the request for more medical teams. They were very impressed with the rapid response team, an official said.

By this time, senior government officials said, another request for Indian healthcare personnel had come in from the United Arab Emirates. There are also similar requests pending from Mauritius and Comoros, the archipelago off Africa’s east coast Comoros that are battling the disease.

Different Gulf international countries have additionally sounded out New Delhi that they would need Indian medical assistance and Indian scientific help and are anticipated to ship formal requests in a while.

In response to these requests, the top official said, an in principle decision has been taken to allow retired military doctors, nurses and technicians to travel to UAE and Kuwait to start with.

For Comoros and Mauritius, the government has Okayed short-term deployment of the military’s rapid response teams. These self-contained teams comprise military doctors, nurses and other paramedics.

The foreign ministry and the armed forces are still working out the mechanics of how the medical teams for Kuwait and UAE would be constituted.

Retired military healthcare professionals – doctors, nurses, lab technicians – who are ready to take up this assignment, can opt to help the Gulf countries, the official said.

On an average, a top military official said, about 100 doctors, 30 to 40 nurses and a few hundred paramedics retire from the Army Medical Corps every year because it should not have been conceivable to spare serving executive docs right now, the verdict makes an attempt to handle the pressing wishes of the Gulf international locations without compromising with the healthcare necessities of folks in India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Foreign Minister S Jaishankar, who have received numerous requests for Indian assistance from Gulf countries over the Covid-19, had earlier ordered officials to prioritise approvals to their requests for dispatch of millions of paracetamol and hydroxychloroquine tablets.

So far, 45 million hydroxychloroquine tablets and 11 metric tonnes of HCQ’s active pharmaceutical ingredients have been cleared to be shipped on a commercial basis to six Gulf countries, Bahrain, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Another 22.7 million units of paracetamol were also cleared for Kuwait and the UAE before the government lifted export controls on the medicine on 17 April. Some more consignments of paracetamol were subsequently cleared for the two countries, apart from Iraq and Yemen.

Officials suggest India had gone out of its way to cater to the requirements of the Gulf countries at this crucial juncture, gestures that have been warmly reciprocated by the West Asian countries. Like when the UAE was packing off immigrants from every other country following the outbreak of the pandemic, India requested Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates to go slow with repatriating Indian nationals because the state governments’ did not have the infrastructure to deal with the influx.

This request was accepted though around the same time, the messaging to the rest of the world was that the government could impose restrictions on return of workers later from countries that do not evacuate their nationals.

The foreign ministry and the armed forces are still working out the mechanics of how the medical teams for Kuwait and UAE would be constituted.

Prime Minister Naredra Modi and Foreign Minister S Jaishankar, who have received numerous requests for Indian assistance from Gulf countries over the Covid-19, had earlier ordered officials to prioritise approvals to their requests for dispatch of millions of paracetamol and hydroxychloroquine tablets.

Others, the government has Okayed short-term deployment of the military’s rapid response teams. These self-contained teams comprise military doctors, nurses and other paramedics.

The international ministry and the militia are nonetheless figuring out the mechanics of the way the scientific groups for Kuwait and UAE can be constituted.

Retired navy healthcare execs – docs, nurses, lab technicians who are in a position to soak up this task, can decide to assist the Gulf international locations, the official stated.

The United Arab Emirates government confirmed, 11929 the total number of Corona cases in the country.

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