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NRI businessman in Oman offers jobs to rescued nurses

Muscat, July 8 (IANS): Another NRI businessman has come forward to recruit the 46 Indian nurses who were rescued from war-torn Iraq last week.

M.M.Ramachandran, chairman of Atlas Jewellery and Group, announced in a statement, that all 46 nurses are welcome to work at hospitals owned by the group in Oman.

"We are extremely happy to offer them jobs at this critical juncture. I am very happy to help those who faced such hardship," Ramachandran said.

Atlas Healthcare division owns and runs two hospitals - one in Al Ghubra near Oman's capital Muscat and the other in Ruwi in Muscat.

The group started out with its first showroom, trading in gold jewellery in Kuwait in the 1980s, which later also expanded into film production and healthcare in Oman.

"I lost everything in Kuwait during the Gulf War. Yet, Atlas regained its full glory. So I really empathise with them (nurses). It's a huge relief for me that they are back home and safe," the jewellery chain founder said.

According to the statement, the nurses need to pass a written exam in India and an oral examination in Muscat conducted by Oman's health ministry.

"Atlas will cover the exam fees as well as the initial airfare cost to Muscat," the statement added.

Atlas Healthcare, founded in 2004, is one of the region's prominent healthcare providers, serving people across this Gulf nation.