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Maldives launches its first National Air Ambulance Services

Mariyath Mohamed
01 March 2024, MVT 12:04
Mariyath Mohamed
01 March 2024, MVT 12:04

The National Air Ambulance services have been launched in Maldives today, the first time a service of its kind has been officially established in the country.

Commencement of air ambulance services was key amongst the presidential pledges of President Dr Mohamed Muizzu.

A Dash 8 airplane and a seaplane from Maldivian airlines has been repurposed to be used in this service. The changes brought to the aircrafts include equipment and resources to facilitate medical aid necessary for patients being transported in the flights.

A statement released by the Ministry of Health said that the flights, commenced today, would transport patients to the nearest tertiary medical facility across the country in situations needing medical evacuations.

The statement further informed that the flights themselves would be equipped with the facilities and resources to provide first aid care, and would have a crew of 15 health professionals trained in the field, including 5 doctors, 5 nurses and 5 emergency medical technicians.

The service will be available around the clock, the Ministry confirmed.

The Ministry said that air ambulance services are included under the umbrella of Maldives Emergency Medical Service System in a bid to better plan and coordinate pre hospital care and provide the service continuously in a sustainable manner.

This service is provided through the collaboration of the Health Ministry, NSPA and Island Aviation.

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