Thursday, April 13, 2006

IGI Airport pulled up for poor medical facilities

New Delhi: The State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has ordered the International Airports Authority of India to immediately upgrade the medical facilities at Delhi's IGI airport observing that it was ill-equipped to handle emergency cases like heart attacks.
The court gave the directions while disposing off a case in which a Reader at the Hans Raj College, Prashant Vedalankar, collapsed at the departure lounge of the IGI airport following a heart attack and died while being taken to the AIIMS, 30 km away.
Holding that absence of medical facilities at the airport for passengers who need emergency treatment was one of the reasons for Vedalankar's death, the court asked the IAAI to pay a compensation of Rs 35,000 to his family.
Vedalankar was to board the Air India flight to Mauritius on December 1, 1993 when he suffered a heart attack.
The duty doctor reached the spot after some time and gave two injections and also rubbed the chest of the deceased as a result of which he was revived. However, he died in the ambulance on way to AIIMS.
13/04/06 Harish V Nair/Hindustan Times
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