Israeli eye surgeons begin treating patients

Visiting Israeli doctors from the ‘Eye from Zion’ NGO have begun treating patients at Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) after producing attested documentation, Haveeru has reported.

Maldives Medical Council Media Coordinator Mohamed Iyas told Haveeru that the four doctors had produced certificates meeting the council’s standards.

“They were allowed to treat patients commencing from yesterday. They are specialists. But we had to confirm that they meet the requirements, according to the policies of the council,” he told the newspaper.

State Housing Minister Abdulla Shahid, in charge of the Disaster Management Centre (DMC), said there was “high demand” for the team’s services, despite protests in Male’ on Thursday.

Religiously conservative protesters burned several Israeli flags in Republican Square on Thursday and urged the government to deport the doctors.