Centre asks NEIGRIHMS to prepare proposal for air ambulance

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HT Correspondent

SHILLONG, aug 29: Every year people from Northeast come across several disasters……. Be it because of floods or hill terrain of Arunachal Pradesh. Nature’s fury has been claiming several lives every year.

There is an active call for medical emergency team to reach out to the spot and provide help. With this in mind the union government has asked for proposal from NEIGRIHMS to have an air ambulance to reach out to reach out to disaster strike zone.

“Centre has asked us to prepare proposal for having air ambulance service so that we can reach out to far flung areas,” said Prof (Dr.) D M Thappa, NEIGRIHMS director. “Centre plans NEIGRIHMS to be the nodal point and with the help of Pawan Hans and state government NEIGRIHMS will have an air ambulance dispensary system which can go to the far flung areas and also organised camps,” he said adding, “We can even collect medical samples of patients which can be brought to Shillong and investigated here”.

“In case of emergency Patients can be brought to Shillong for treatment,” he said. In this effort NEIGRIHMS will involve RIIMS Imphal which will also take care of Nagaland and Mizoram while NEIGRIHMS will look after Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura beside Meghalaya.

“In the process we will be involving RIIMS Imphal and they will take care of Nagaland and Mizoram beside Manipur while we will take care of Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura beside Meghalaya,” the director said.

The union government also planned to involve state Government as well.

Prof (Dr.) D M Thappa, NEIGRIHMS Director further said, “Centre wants state Government medical team to be part of the mission and organise camps and sometimes help in bringing patients to the place where air ambulance will land”.

In the process Pawan Hans will also equipped their helicopters with medical facilities.  Thus the entire Northeast will get benefit of having super specialty hospital.​

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