Monday, December 20, 2021

Odisha CM launches air ambulance services in four districts for free healthcare facilities

Bhubaneswar: In a significant step in the field of healthcare services, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched Mukhyamantri Vayu Swasthya Seva (air health services) at the Biju Patnaik International Airport today. With this, it became one of the first states to provide air ambulance facilities for the poor in the rural interior areas.

The people of four tribal-dominated districts such as Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Nuapada and Kalahandi will be able to get better healthcare services free of cost. Other districts of the state will be covered under the programme in a phased manner.

This is seen as a significant step forward in providing outstanding service to the last mile in the field of healthcare services.

The service will bridge the gap in healthcare services owing to the hesitation of some doctors to be posted in remote districts because of stumbling block drawbacks and locational disadvantage. It will majorly serve the people from the economically weaker sections.

Health Minister Naba Kishore Das Told India Today,"The service will be offered free of cost to patients in Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Kalahandi and Nuapada. If required, critical patients will be airlifted to Bhubaneswar and Cuttack."

"The doctors will be flown to the destined DHHs through aircrafts/ helicopters for prompt treatment of the patients in rural interiors," Das added.

20/12/21 Mohammad Suffian/India Today

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