Seaplanes to be used for air ambulance services: IASL

Island Aviation Services Limited (IASL) has announced that seaplanes will be used for air ambulance services.

The air ambulance initiative aims to offer crucial medical assistance to individuals across various regions of the country, especially in the islands where airport access is limited. Initially launched with a Dash 8 aircraft, the service is now transitioning to seaplanes to ensure sustainable provision of the National Ambulance Service.

Speaking to PSM News, Deputy Managing Director of IASL Ali Saleem confirmed the development using seaplanes, citing President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu's request. He highlighted the readiness to transport patients, even on stretchers, as required, with the seaplane operations set to commence on March 15.

Meanwhile, Minister of State for the Ministry of Health Ahmed Qasim assured the proper functioning of sea ambulances alongside road ambulances. He said that efforts are underway to bolster sea transportation services for patients, including resource allocation, training, and addressing staffing shortages, particularly in medical personnel.

Given the significance of air ambulance services within the healthcare system of the Maldives, the government emphasises the need for sustainability. As expansion efforts continue, service providers urge the authorities to prioritise individuals in genuine need and discourage misuse of the service.