Monday, February 12, 2018

'Flying doctors' for NE on radar

Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh on Monday informed the Assembly that mobile air dispensaries would soon be introduced in the Northeast with Shillong and Imphal as the Airports Feb 2018  proposed bases.

The services will be on the line of Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia, popularly known as "flying doctors", which is meant to provide aid and primary healthcare services in rural and remote areas.

"Everything is almost finalised barring some technicalities. Two Pawan Hans helicopters will be used for the service. One chopper has been proposed to be stationed at Imphal and the other at Shillong," Biren Singh said while replying to a question raised by Opposition Congress member K. Ranjit Singh during question hour.

Stating that the demand for mobile air dispensaries was first made by state governor Najma Heptulla, Singh said he also had requested the civil aviation ministry for the services, with a one-time financial assistance of Rs 120 crore for the services.
"The finance ministry wrote to Pawan Hans Ltd in October last year with the proposal for using two choppers of the company in the service. The Centre has also been requested to introduce the scheme on a 90:10 funding ," the chief minister said.
12/02/18 Khelen Thokchom/Telegraph