Mangaluru, Aril 22, 2020: In a first in India after the domestic air space was closed, a paralysis patient was sent from Coimbatore to Mangaluru in an air ambulance after he requested that he be provided treatment in his own hometown.
The District Collector of Coimbatore on Monday granted permission to a man aged above 60 years, who was undergoing treatment for paralysis in a private hospital in Coimbatore, to fly in an air ambulance. The permission was granted by the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation on Sunday based on a request made by the patient.
According to sources, the air ambulance carrying the patient and his wife took off from the Coimbatore International airport around 6.45 pm on Tuesday and landed at Mangaluru International airport around 7.45 pm. The patient had undergone a paralytic attack a few months ago and was undergoing treatment in a private hospital in Coimbatore.
The ministry of civil aviation had permitted the operation of medical evacuation flights from 1 am on April 20 subject to conditions like not more than two attendants shall be permitted to travel with the patient on the flight, apart from medical staff. The ministry’s letter also stated that a permission letter from the government of the state or union territory or the district administration should also be produced by the flight operator for operating the flight.
The Indian government suspended domestic flight operations from March 24 midnight owing to a nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The flights that are now allowed to operate are towards supplies of medical importance and evacuation flights.
Courtesy: The News Minute