First air ambulance trip completed from Kulhudhuffushi to Male'

The Ministry of Health has announced that the Maldives Emergency Medical Service Team has successfully completed its first emergency medical evacuation, transferring a critically ill patient from Kulhudhuffushi City Airport to Male' City via air ambulance.

An agreement has been established between IASL, the health ministry, and the National Social Protection Agency (NSPA) to extend air ambulance services throughout the Maldives. The services will operate using a Dash 8 aircraft, capable of accommodating two patients simultaneously. Staffed by a team of 15 trained emergency personnel, including doctors, nurses, and emergency medical technicians, the service will be available round the clock. The air ambulance will also be equipped with essential emergency equipment, including oxygen, ventilators, and emergency medications.

The health ministry has also streamlined the process for obtaining permission to operate air ambulances to Sri Lanka, part of its commitment to swiftly respond to medical emergencies by sending patients abroad. It aims to secure permission from Sri Lanka for patient transport within two hours. In addition, efforts are underway to obtain clearance from more countries.

President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu has made strengthening the healthcare system and expanding emergency health services a top priority. He emphasises the importance of ensuring swift and self-sufficient responses to health crises. He also envisions bolstering the medical evacuation sector to benefit the entire healthcare system.