Critically ill infant taken to airport through green corridor

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Guwahati, Sept 3: An ambulance carrying a critically ill four-month-old boy to Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI) Airport in Guwahati was provided 33km-long Green Corridor by the Guwahati city Police Commissionerate on Sunday at around 10.30 am for a quick passage of the vehicle. The boy, Snigdharaag Bhuyan and his parents were later flown to New Delhi for advanced treatment in the Gangaram Hospital. Snigdharaag has been suffering from a rare infection of the lung and spinal cord and he was admitted at Pratiksha Hospital two months back and was being kept on ventilation.

The baby boy, Snigdharaag Bhuyan who has been suffering from acute pneumonia and in ventilation in the nursing home, had to be rushed to Gangaram Hospital for advanced treatment. On request of the hospital authority and the guardians of the ailing infant, Kamrup Metropolitan District administration and the Guwahati City Police facilitated a Green Corridor along the entire 30 km stretch from the hospital to the airport.

City commissioner of police Hiren Nath supervised the Green Corridor from Pratiksha to the airport while seven police vehicles provided escort to the ambulance. “It usually takes nearly about 90 minutes to cover the distance due to rush traffic, but the ambulance reached the airport within 28 minutes,” Nath said.

“Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal has taken the matter seriously and asked us to make special arrangement for the critically ill child. We appealed to the public and received good responses from the public,” Nath also said.

This is the second Green Corridor arrangement for passage of patient. Earlier, Green Corridor was arranged in Dibrugarh for passage of a patient. The air ambulance left for New Delhi from the LGBI airport at around 11:50 am.

“After consultation with the doctors of Pratiksha hospital, we requested the state government and Kamrup (Metro) district administration to arrange a special movement for passage of our child. We are very thankful to the state government, Kamrup (Metro) district administration, Guwahati city police and people of Assam in our time of need,” Madhumita Saikia Bhuyan, the mother of the infant told reporters.

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal said the state government would bear the expenses of the child’s treatment. The chief minister’s office (CMO) has already directed the resident commissioner in New Delhi to provide all necessary assistance to the family of Snigdharaag.

Earlier in March this year, a similar Green Corridor was arranged in New Delhi with intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for an eight-day-old baby from Dibrugarh, who was flown to Delhi for advanced treatment.

Meanwhile, the family of the baby who hails from Bishwanath Charilai in Assam, has called for help from benevolent people at the time of their crisis and provided a State Bank of India account Number: 32324364486 (IFSC Code: 0012972).

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