Indian medicos, aid arrive in Sri Lanka to help war-hit civilians

March 9th, 2009 - 9:32 pm ICT by IANS  

Colombo, March 9 (IANS) Indian physicians, surgeons and para-medical staff, technical staff and medical equipments arrived in Sri Lanka Monday to help treat the war-affected, internally displaced civilians in the north, diplomatic sources here said.
“A plane carrying the first batch of medical staff and luggage arrived in here today (Monday) and the second flight is expected tomorrow. They will be setting up a field hospital in Pulmoddai and will be ready to receive internally displaced patients from Friday,” an Indian high commission official told IANS.

India, expressing concern for thousands of civilians caught in the fighting between the military and Tamil Tiger rebels, last week pledged to send a full-fledged medical team to provide emergency care to the internally displace civilians in the island’s north.

Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama told reporters here Monday that the Indian medical team “will set up a 50-bed make-shift hospital in Pulmoddai” and assist the government in treating and providing emergency medical care to the war-displaced civilians entering the govenrment-held areas from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)-held areas.

The Indian mission here said last week the medical team would comprise eight experienced physicians and surgeons as well as para-medical staff and technical staff.

It said the team will establish an emergency medical unit, including a hospital at Pulmodai, in the eastern Trincomalee district aiming to supplement the existing medical facilities of the Sri Lanka’s health ministry.

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