Those returning to SA, including the medical staff and plane crew, will then be subjected to quarantine for 21 days. Only once they have been given the all clear, with their test results coming back negative, will they be released.
Bham said the crew embarking on the mission had been given extensive training, which also included them being psychologically prepared for the mission.
“For preparing the plane crew, we had a training exercise and a briefing to prepare them so they can work together and through the protocols of what we need to do in case we have an asymptomatic person on board, how to isolate,” he said.
“As you know, it’s a huge undertaking to do this,” he added.
Bham is no stranger to embarking on dangerous missions to deliver medical care.
He is the head of the search and rescue team at Gift of the Givers.