Thursday, February 18, 2016

Mumbai ready to airlift, first in India to get air ambulances

Mumbai will become the first city in the country to have a fleet of dedicated air ambulances. The operations will begin with three aircraft in August after a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the state government and the operator, Mumbaibased MAB Aviation in the presence of chief minister Devendra Fadnavis at the Make in India Week being organised at the Bandra-Kurla complex on Wednesday.
The MOU proposes to initiate the venture dedicated to medical evacuations, patient and organ transfers. In the dedicated air ambulance service, the dedicated aircraft will be fitted with the latest medical apparatus, and thus be available at a much cheaper rate because it will no longer include cost for modifications and as well as extra cost for changing the course of the aircraft if it is stationed in a different city.
With more people willing to use air ambulances to fly patients to hospitals in metros, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has already increased its oversight on operations conducted by non-scheduled operators.
18/02/16 Aditya Anand/Mumbai Mirror 
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