New Delhi , November 24, 2017 : Fortis Healthcare Limited in an exclusive tie up with Office of the Military Attache – Embassy of UAE (MAO- UAE) will facilitate the advanced treatment of war victims from Yemen and has accordingly approached Fortis Healthcare to provide specialised treatment to patients at its network hospitals in India. 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, basis the partnership been launched by the Emirates Red Crescent organization.
A group of 66 people – 52 patients and 14 attendants, were flown into the country on a special Military Aircraft No – 1223(C 17) earlier this week. They arrived at the Indira Gandhi International Airport and were transported to the hospital in a smooth and effortless manner. To facilitate this Fortis Healthcare Limited took special permission from the airport authorities to allow an Operations team (including 4 Arabic translators) to go inside the apron area just beside the special military air craft to receive the patients. Average age group of the patients is 25 to 45 years. The patients will be treated for ACL reconstruction, Retinal Detachment, Cataract, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and Neuro Spine Surgery. The expected tenure of treatment will be over a month.
Sunil Kapoor, Head 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, Gurgaon within 45 minutes of landing at Indira Gandhi International Airport. 4 officers were dedicated to completing the immigration formalities of the Yemeni patients with help from the UAE embassy.”
According to the United Nations, since March 2017 more than 4,773 patients have died while another 8,272 people have been injured due to the air strikes. Over 15.2 million Yemenis are struggling to access even the most basic healthcare amenities.