Monday, September 18, 2017

Helimission gets green light to operate in Himachal

Manali: The tough geographies and limited road connectivity in Himachal Pradesh will no longer be a reason behind people dying in the absence of any medical attention as the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has given a green light to Swiss foundation Helimission to provide its services in Himachal Pradesh. With this, the possibility of getting helicopter ambulance services has increased in the state.
Uptill now, efforts were being made to run helicopter ambulance in Himachal, especially in its remote areas, for the last four years.
"But now, DGCA has given its nod to the helicopter services. The process of signing memorandum of understanding between the company and the Himachal Pradesh government is underway," Helimission coordinator in the country Dr Bishan Shashni said.
"The dream will soon turn to reality. Our people will get high-end ambulance services," a retired government doctor said.
The company would be developing landing sites at Manali and Kullu. The air ambulance will provide relief in many parts of the state with its major focus on Lahau-Spiti, Kinnaur and other tribal areas that get disconnected by roads in winters.
18/09/17 Suresh Sharma/Times of India