September 14, 2021

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Some Virginia doctors are taking their skills to the skies as the United States continues to safely evacuate Afghans.

Dozens of doctors with the Medical Society of Virginia have volunteered to provide care to Afghan evacuees on flights while traveling overseas. Sen. Mark Warner requested help from the Medical Society of Virginia in late August after realizing people on flights from Afghanistan were sick.

Dr. Art Saavedra, the Chief of Population Health and Health Policy at the University of Virginia and a board member for the Medical Society of Virginia, said 60 doctors jumped at the opportunity to treat patients on flights.

“At the end of the day, we were all doctors trying to answer the call of basic human medical necessity,” he said.

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Source: ABC 8 News