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52 Yemeni war victims land in India

Humanitarian mission:The injured victims were brought to India on a C-17 military transport planeSpecial Arrangement

Humanitarian mission:The injured victims were brought to India on a C-17 military transport planeSpecial Arrangement  

A group of 66 Yemeni nationals — 52 patients and 14 attendants — arrived in India on a special military aircraft earlier this week for medical treatment. The patients are war victims who were injured in the on-going Houthi insurgency in the country.

The group arrived in India as part of the Fortis Healthcare Limited tie-up with the Office of the Military Attaché – Embassy of UAE to facilitate advanced treatment of war victims from Yemen.

A release issued by the group read: “Since 2015, Fortis Healthcare Limited has exclusively tied up with the United Arab Emirates to help treat Yemeni nationals who have been injured during the ongoing Houthi insurgency. The partnership been launched by the Emirates Red Crescent organisation.”

Special permission

“To facilitate the transport of patients, the hospital took permission from airport authorities to allow an operations team, including four Arabic translators, to go inside the apron area just beside the military plane to receive the patients, said hospital authorities

“The average age group of the patients is 25 to 45 years. The patients will be treated for ACL reconstruction, retinal detachment, cataract, plastic and reconstructive surgery and neuro-spine surgery. The expected tenure of treatment will be over a month,” the hospital authorities added.

Priority patients

Sunil Kapoor, head of sales, Fortis Healthcare, said: “Three of the patients were extremely ill and were transported to the hospital on priority in advance cardiac life support ambulances. These patients had their essential vitals checked immediately and their immigration formalities were also completed on priority. They were routed to Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram, within 45 minutes of landing at the IGIA. Four officers were dedicated to completing the immigration formalities of the Yemeni patients with help from the UAE Embassy.”

Since March, more than 4,773 patients have died while another 8,272 people have been injured due to air strikes in Yemen, according to the United Nations.

Over 15.2 million Yemenis are struggling to access even the most basic healthcare amenities.

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