Disaster Victims Identification (DVI) for MH17: What have we learnt?

The MH17 DVI Operation was an eye opener and a great experience for those who are directly involved in the operation. We have the professional expertise in handling similar situations elsewhere. Definitely there is room for improvement. MH17 tragedy was a tragic incident and every Malaysian and the world at large share the sorrow of the next of kin of the victims. The MH17 DVI Operation was an international effort and cooperation performed according to international standards. The Netherlands LTFO (Landelijk Team Forensische Opsporing) organised and led the operation in a professional and exemplary manner. All participating countries showed tremendous dedication, professionalism and good esprit de corps in making this operation a success in the spirit of international cooperation. The DVI Malaysia team comprised of personnels from the MOH Forensic Medicine and Forensic Odontology Services, the Malaysian Armed Forces Forensic Odontology Unit, the Royal Malaysian Police CSI Unit and the MOSTI Department of Chemistry. The Malaysian DVI Team members had proven their capability and expertise with full dedication, perseverance, resilience and professionalism conforming to international standards with excellent espirit de corps cooperation and collaboration with the international DVI Teams. Their contribution to the nation is enormous and commendable whilst their expertise and dedication are well respected and appreciated by the international DVI Teams.

The Ministry of Health salutes the DVI team and also the local psychosocial team and the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centres (CRPC) for the hard work, professionalism and dedication.



Categories: Blog, Crisis & Disaster, MH17

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