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Thursday, May 20, 1999 Published at 12:07 GMT 13:07 UK


Doctors treat Kosovo refugees

About 55 refugees were greeted by medics at East Midlands Airport

A Kosovar refugee has been rushed to hospital after arriving in the UK with the latest wave of evacuees from Macedonia.

Kosovo: Special Report
The refugee - who arrived at East Midlands Airport on board an RAF Hercules with 55 others on Wednesday evening - was taken to hospital as soon as the plane touched down.

Another seven people on the flight were assessed by a team of doctors on arrival, but were deemed not to need immediate treatment.

The refugees were then taken to a reception centre at the Cygnet Hotel in Leicester city centre, which has been leased by the British Red Cross.

Red Cross spokeswoman Samantha Fiander said: "Our main priority is to get them seen to by the medical team and sent to whichever hospital has facilities."

Details of the person requiring treatment, or which hospital they were taken too are not known.

But among the seven who were seen by medics was a child with Down's Syndrome and another person with cerebral palsy. Medical staff at their camp in Macedonia decided they needed specialist treatment.

[ image: Fourteen children were among the latest refugees to reach Britain]
Fourteen children were among the latest refugees to reach Britain
Refugee Council representatives were on hand to greet the people - including 14 children and one baby - after their five-hour flight from Skopje.

The group had fled various parts of Kosovo and had made the arduous trek to the Bojans Camp, 18 miles south-west of Skopje.

Last month 80 Kosovars arrived in Leicester, from a group of 169 who flew into East Midlands on the second wave of flights from Macedonia.

In the early hours of Thursday morning 160 more refugees arrived at Manchester. They will be sent to Alveston in Cumbria.

From early June the UK will receive six refugee flights a week, with the first few hundred expected to be housed in Yorkshire and Humberside.

The next wave of 3,000 refugees will be split between councils in Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

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