Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Madhya Pradesh govt pilots face tough task of ferrying samples

Bhopal: Pilots of the Madhya Pradesh government's aviation department are used to ferrying VVIPs, but now they are faced with a new challenge of transporting Covid-19 test samples to laboratories outside the state.

These are no ordinary flights as pilots have to follow a set of stringent protocols and wear the personal protective equipment (PPE) while taking samples for testing to labs, as far as Puducherry and also Delhi.

"It is the most challenging task for us. We have to wear PPE to fly the plane, which is tough as we are not used to it, but I and my senior pilot, Captain Majid, did it in the interest of the nation, Captain Vishwas Rai from the state aviation department told.

He said they have so far undertaken four flights-three to Delhi and one to Puducherry - carrying about 6,000samples in all to laboratories there for testing.

On his experience of flying the aircraft while wearing the PPE, Rai said, "It is tough as the entire body is covered. The PPE makes the body sweat. We can't wipe the sweat even if it comes over the eyes. It is difficult, but we somehow manage as saving lives is more important than anything else."
29/04/20 Press Trust of India/India Today
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