Hyderabad group sending medical help to Iraq
A Muslim group here has collected medicines worth Rs 700,000 and put together a five-member medical team to be sent to Iraq.india Updated: Apr 09, 2003 16:45 IST
A Muslim group here has collected medicines worth Rs 700,000 and put together a five-member medical team to be sent to Iraq to help the victims of war.
The Andhra Pradesh unit of Jamiatul Ulema has dispatched the medicines to New Delhi, from where it hopes be ferry them to Iraq by a chartered flight.
According to the group's state president P. Shabbir Ahmed, this was the first consignment of the aid and more would be dispatched soon. He appealed to people to donate medicines for the war victims.
Jamiatul Ulema and Jain Television are planning to send the medicines and a 40-member medical team to Iraq. Jamiat general secretary Moulana Mahmood Madani and Jain, who heads Jain Television, will accompany the medical team.
Hyderabad has contributed five members - one doctor and four nurses -- to the medical team.
He said the Jamiat's appeal for donation of medicines and medical services had received a good response. "More than 50 people approached us volunteering their services but we could select only five," he said.
The chartered flight is expected to land in Damascus and the medicines and the medical team would then be sent to Iraq with the help of international voluntary agencies.
Initially the team would work in the Iraqi refugee camps near Syria's border with Iraq.
Jamiat has received permission from the U.N. to send the medicines and medical team. The organisation has also offered to adopt children rendered orphan by the war.