A few days after sending rapid response teams to Maldives and Nepal at their government’s request, India has now done the same for Kuwait.
On Saturday, a rapid response team of 15 Indian professionals, including doctors and healthcare associates, left for Kuwait at its government’s request.
Over the next two weeks, the team will supplement the efforts of the Kuwaiti Government in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and also train local medical professionals in testing and treatment.
The rapid response team was sent after a recent phone call between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah.
Both leaders agreed to mount a concerted and coordinated effort against the global pandemic.
Subsequently, External Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishankar and his Kuwaiti counterpart also had a telephone conversation to explore ways to further strengthen cooperation on dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kuwait has around 1,000 COVID-19 positive cases. Although it has a good medical infrastructure, it is lacking in medical competence in dealing with the new ailment.
India and Kuwait have a very close relationship. The Indian population of 10 lakh constitute the largest group of expatriates in the State of Kuwait.
India’s efforts to help the Gulf country is expected to further cement relations between the two nations.