Second field hospital dispatched to Pakistan

August 30, 2010

The first of eight aircraft carrying members of the second field hospital departed King Faisal Air Base in Tabuk for Islamabad, Pakistan today.  The hospital is staffed by 115 medical personnel.  The first field hospital arrived in Pakistan Friday.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz issued an urgent directive August 22 for the dispatch of two field hospitals to Pakistan to provide medical services to people affected by torrential rains and flooding.  Saudi medical teams began arriving in Pakistan August 26.  More than 250 doctors and technicians are expected to arrive in Pakistan over the next few day.  A rescue team from the Saudi Civil Defense and Border Guards are currently in Pakistan participating in rescue operations of people trapped by flooding.

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