The proposal by Dr Azad Moopen, chairman of Aster DM Healthcare in Dubai, came a day after Dr B R Shetty, chairman and MD of Abu Dhabi-based NMC Group, also offered jobs to the nurses.

Moopen has offered cash assistance of Rs 25,000 to all the 46 nurses.

Moopen, who is also the director of Non-Resident Keralites' Affairs (Norka), also offered job opportunities to those who are interested in various establishments in India and abroad.

"We will recruit these repatriated and devastated nurses on priority at Aster Medcity, Kochi, MIMS Hospitals at Calicut and Kottakkal and DM WIMS Medical College Hospital in Wayanad," Moopen said in a statement.

"For those interested to return to the Middle East, we will accommodate them in our hospitals and clinics in UAE, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia if they fulfill official requirements," he said.

Aster DM Healthcare employs about 4,500 people in India and 5,000 abroad including 1,500 nursing staff in more than 170 establishments under its network.

A counter has already been opened at Aster Medcity in Cheranallur, Kochin, for registration of the jobs offered and collection of the immediate financial assistance.

After a month's long ordeal in strife-torn Iraq, the nurses returned to their homeland on Saturday with most of them vowing not to go back.

Of the 46 nurses, 45 hail from various districts of Kerala and one belongs to Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu.

The nurses were stranded in Tikrit, a city captured by the militants last month.


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