Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Gujarat gets its first air ambulance

Ahmedabad: Healthcare in Gujarat has got wings, literally, with a Piper Seneca IV — a twin-engine, six-seater aircraft — procured from the US and improvised into an air ambulance. for emergency treatment. The air ambulance is operated by Ahmedabad Aviation and Aeronautics Limited (AAAL).
For initial operations, AAAL has tied up with Apollo Hospitals for air-evacuation of patients, wherein a team of doctors and para-medics and medical equipment is provided by Apollo. The air-ambulance, however, can be used by all hospitals. AAAL manager (marketing) VK Nagar said the cost of air evacuation has been fixed at Rs 29,500 per flight hour.
27/03/06 Radha Sharma/Times of India
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