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Jun 30, 2020
6:54PM

28 Maldivians reach India last night for availing critical medical care

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A group of 28 Maldivians reached India last night for availing of critical medical care.

The government had approved the travel last week of critically-ill Maldivian patients requiring advanced care that is not available in the island nation.

A special flight carried the 28 patients along with caregivers as well as two doctors and five nurses to a medical institute in Cochin. They were allowed to travel after testing negative for Covid-19.

Maldives is heavily dependent on Indian medical institutes for advanced medical care and a special permission by Ministry of Home Affairs was accorded to allow Maldivian patients despite ban on international arrivals.

Country’s Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid thanked the Indian government and people for this incredible gesture of goodwill and friendship in this time of crisis.

The Indian High Commission in Maldives said that a pandemic cannot come between the strong people-to-people connect between India and Maldives, adding that the pandemic has brought the countries closer.

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