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Sharjah airport helping transiting tsunami victims

posted on 05/01/2005: 687 views

Sharjah International Airport is providing medical and basic support to tsunami victims from South Asian cities transiting at the Sharjah International Airport. Till date, nearly 880 tourists had transited via Sharjah. One passenger, Karen Hoerning, a German citizen, was seriously injured and was offloaded at Sharjah and admitted in Al Qasimi Hospital.

Special arrangements of doctors, nursing staff, first aid and an ambulance were made for transiting tourists. Clothes, emotional counselling and first aid were also made available inside the aircraft. Airline crews were instructed to announce onboard for those passengers requiring medical assistance to remain in the aircraft. Around 75 passengers stayed onboard. The medical team, headed by Sharjah Airport doctor, Dr Abdul Karim, attends attended the passengers in need, and about 20 of them were provided with medicines.

More evacuation flights are expected to arrive in these days and similar support will be extended throughout the period. The German consulate, government departments in Sharjah, the ministries of Health and Interior jointly worked to ensure the safety and convenience of the passengers. German consulate staff also visited the passengers at the hospitals.

Ali Salem Al Midfa, Director Administration and Commercial of Sharjah International Airport, expressed his grief over the incident and said the airport will extend any possible help to the travellers. Al Midfa wished the travellers transiting at Sharjah a pleasant journey, and thanked all those who cooperated. (The Khaleej Times)


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