Kochi, May 10 : With a view to counter the spread of Covid-19 pandemic a team of 88 health workers, including 38 from Kerala, left for the United Arab Emirates, following requests from that country, hospital sources said on Sunday.
Aster DM Healthcare hospital group was the first to respond to the request of UAE. Most of the 88 healthcare professionals were from the group. The batch also includes healthcare professionals employed in the UAE who were at home on leave when Covid-19 related travel restrictions came into force, and those who were recently recruited by the Emirates to strengthen efforts to counter COVID-19. While 19 of the health contingent were from Aster MedCity, Kochi, 14 from Aster MIMS Hospital in Kozhikode, four from MIMS, Kottakkal and one from Kannur.
Ten members in the team were working in the Gulf, but had come home on leave, while 18 were new recruits. Aster group is also sending 15 health workers from its hospitals in Bengaluru and 18 from Maharashtra. The health workers were flown from Kochi, Bengaluru and Kolhapur airports, sources said. This is the first time a hospital group is sending doctors and nurses from Kerala and other states to Gulf countries. (UNI)