May 21, 2020, India.
In a rare feat, Metropolis Healthcare, in association with Rotary of Port Louis, Mauritius, conducted COVID-19 sampling tests for 150 Mauritius citizens, who were stranded in India for more than 45 days, enabling them to get back to their country after being declared fit to travel.
Among those tested for COVID-19 were senior citizens, expecting mothers and those with young children and lone family members back in their country. As they prepared to depart last week, many broke into tears, having faced a prolonged uncertainty.
“As a healthcare institution, we have always held empathy as a principle very close to our heart. During such difficult times, it is now more important than ever to do everything that we can to help all those in need. It is a proud moment for us at Metropolis as we could help 150 citizens of Mauritius, stranded in India for the past 45 days to get back to their country, to their loved ones and to be with their family” said Ameera Shah, Managing Director of Metropolis Healthcare. It was a privilege to partner with their Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Rotary Club, Mauritius, and work hand in hand with the Indian Government, she added.
Mr. Rakesh Bhuckroy, Minister Counsellor, The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade said, “Mauritius closely worked with Metropolis for 150 Mauritian Passengers who were stranded in India to do their COVID 19 tests before embarking on a special repatriation flight to Mauritius. Metropolis efficiently deployed its team to collect samples of passengers from Mumbai, Pune, and Delhi. We thank their entire team for excellent collaboration.”
Ambassador Usha Dwarka Canabady, Ministry of Foreign Affairs added, “We received the test results in a timely manner. We thank the rotary club for funding provided for the tests. Despite restrictions, the team worked in a professional manner and we thank them for all the support and assistance.”
Professor Marc Serge Rivière, President, Rotary Club of Port Louis said, “I have nothing but admiration for the professionalism and efficiency with which Metropolis carried out the Tests on the passengers with speed and a great deal of sensitivity to their particular predicament.”
Ever since the COVID-19 broke out and declared a global pandemic, resulting in a world-wide shutdown, Metropolis has been in the forefront of helping those in need of testing and detection in India. It has now extended the expertise to Mauritius citizens in association with the Rotary Club of Port Louis.