Published On: Thu, Mar 3rd, 2016

Air Ambulance in Kerala Launched by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy

Kerala Government has taken first of its kind initiative by launching the Air Ambulance in Kerala launched by the Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. The Air Ambulance in Kerala will exclusively be used for the speedy organ transplant. The Air Ambulance in Kerala is a brand new six-seater aircraft that is a state-owned Rajiv Gandhi Academy for Aviation Technology. It imparts training to the aspirants seeking to become commercial pilots.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) regarding the Air Ambulance in Kerala took place between the Aviation Academy and the Kerala Network for Organ Sharing that was headed by the principal of the state-run Thiruvananthapuram Medical College. The two organizations will work together or speedy organ transportation between hospitals from brain-dead persons with the help of Air Ambulance in Kerala.

Air Ambulance in Kerala Launched by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy

The nodal officer of the humanitarian programme, Noble Gracious said, “All the private and state run hospitals will be linked in this programme and this aircraft will be used to transfer and transport organs from brain dead patients to the patients needing transfer,” talking about the launch of Air Ambulance in Kerala.

Air Ambulance in Kerala to Transfer and Transport Organs

During the launch of the Air Ambulance in Kerala, the honorable Chief Minister of Kerala Oommen Chandy said that the Air Ambulance in Kerala would save a lot of valuable lives. The idea of the Air Ambulance in Kerala took place after and air ambulance, for the first time, was used to transport an organ from Thiruvananthapuram to Kochi last year. And that is when government was in a view of getting an Air Ambulance in Kerala of its own.

The state government has kept Rs. 5crore aside for the operation of Air Ambulance in Kerala.

A source said, “Chief Minister Mr. Oommen Chandy has sought certain exemptions from the center for operating the existing training aircraft of RGAAT for organ transport service. If the center denies the exemption, permission for carrying out non-scheduled operations would have to be obtained, which may also take some time,” talking about the Air Ambulance in Kerala.

Air Ambulance in Kerala Launched by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy

RGAAT executive vice chairman G Chandramouli clarified, “The Civil Aviation Requirements prescribe specifications, including medical facilities, for air ambulances. We could only offer organ transport services with the existing aircrafts.” He added, “As soon as the BCAS clearance for the hangar is received, we will take steps to obtain DGCA permissions for the Piper Seneca-V aircraft.”

The MoU was signed between Rajiv Gandhi Academy for Aviation Technology and Kerala Network for Organ Sharing, Mritasanjeevani for operating Air Ambulance in Kerala. All government and private hospitals where organ transplant is or could be held would be made part of the Mritasanjeevani project.

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