STERLING, Va. (WDVM) – The Virginia Medical Society is helping United Airlines by providing volunteer doctors to help Afghan refugees at Dulles International Airport in Qatar.
More than 6,000 Afghan refugees have arrived in Virginia. The Virginia Medical Society has started deploying medics from Dulles to Frankfurt, and returns on the same plane are now full of Afghans.
“Some of these flights are longer than 40 hours and they can’t get off the plane from the time they get on in Dulles. They are there until they stop in Ramstein and Qatar to pick up the passengers and go home, it’s a long flight, ”said Andrew Densmore, head of political advocacy for the Medical Society of VA. .
Initially, United Airlines contacted the office of Senator Mark Warner to put the airline in touch with the medical company.
“We are ready to respond to these calls not only to send people to the region, which is vitally important, but also to reflect on the issues. Medicine is a very complicated thing, health care is very complex, ”said Melina Davis, CEO / Executive Vice President of the Medical Society of VA.
While health officials provide medical care to those in need, some issues that arise are dehydration, headaches, high blood pressure, and heart emergencies.
“I know our doctors have made it a priority to bring things like kids’ Tylenol, cob pens, thigs like basic headache and fever medications, as well as their own PPE, and using the materials United Airlines provides on board, ”Densmore said.
Health officials have said they are ready to welcome more Afghan refugees en route.