Vayalar Ravi to be airlifted from Abidjan
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Last Updated: Wednesday, February 10, 2010, 09:16
  
New Delhi: Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi, who was injured in a car crash in Liberia, will be air lifted to India by a special aircraft Wednesday from Abidjan, the capital of Cote d'Ivoire.

A senior official in the Ministry said Ravi will be brought back home by a special aircraft having all the required medical support on board and it will arrive in Chennai tomorrow night.

"The minister's health is stable and he is recovering well," the official said.

Ravi was injured in a car accident at Monrovia in Liberia on February 4. He was on a tour to African countries including Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya, Liberia and Nigeria.

The Minister was on his way to catch a flight to Nigeria, his next destination, before a speeding taxi ran into his car.

After initial treatment at the John F Kennedy hospital in Liberia, Ravi was air lifted to Abidjan the next day where he was admitted to the PISAM hospital.

The official said CT scan and other tests at the PISAM hospital showed that Ravi did not sustain any major injury.

Ravi, in a message from Abidjan, has thanked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Defence Minister A K Antony for making arrangements for his return by a special aircraft. He also thanked Congress chief Sonia Gandhi for her good wishes.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, February 10, 2010, 09:16


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