Bangladesh medical team visits Maldives

Diplomatic Correspondent | Published: 00:04, Mar 04,2021 | Updated: 00:08, Mar 04,2021


A medical team of Bangladesh Air Force arrived in Maldives on Wednesday to support the Maldivian authorities in the COVID-19 vaccination programme. 

‘The deployment of the medical team signifies Bangladesh’s strong commitment to providing continued assistance to the government and the people of Maldives especially during these unprecedented times of a global pandemic, with the country experiencing shortage of medical professionals and personnel,’ according to a press release of the Maldives government.

Consisting of ten nurses and seven medical assistants and an anaesthesiologist, the medical team will extend support to the vaccination programme in Male’ and in outer atolls to ensure that everyone, irrespective of their nationality or status are provided maximum protection from the virus through vaccination and appropriate healthcare.

Maldivian foreign secretary Mohamed Abdul Ghafoor, state minister for health Shah Mahir, Bangladesh high commissioner Rear Admiral Nazmul Hassan and officers of the Maldives National Defence Force received the medical team at Velana International Airport.

The team is expected to stay in Maldives for two months.

The Maldives government expressed its immense gratitude to the Bangladesh government and the Bangladesh Armed Forces for the assistance extended in multiple fronts in the pandemic, the press release said.

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