The government of India on Tuesday, facilitated 37 Maldivian patients to travel to India for advanced medical treatments.
As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, India's borders remain closed.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid noted that these patients were permitted to travel under a special grant by the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs. They will depart to India next week, in collaboration with National Health Insurance scheme Aasandha.
Discussions were previously held with Indian High Commissioner Sunjay Sudhir in a meeting hosted at the Ministry over the last week, deliberating over further cooperation between to the countries.
According to Aasandha, there are approximately 200 Maldivians in need of medical treatment outside Maldives. Those authorized to travel next week include patients seeking treatment for cancer, heart diseases and various other conditions.