Air ambulance conducts 66 successful patient evacuations in first month

Island Aviation Services Limited (IASL) operating the National Airline, Maldivian has announced the successful operation of over 60 flights within the first month of commencing air ambulance services, facilitating urgent patient transport from Male' to required medical facilities. Since the launch of the service on March 1, 66 patients in need of urgent care have been evacuated from Male' via the Dash-8 aircraft.

In a bid to enhance safety and reliability in emergency care, decisions have been made to utilize seaplanes, specifically a DHC-6 Twin Otter, for the services. This strategic move aims to address the lack of specialized systems catering to urgent patients, which previously burdened both financially and in terms of health outcomes.

Equipped to transport two patients simultaneously, the air ambulance operates round the clock with a team of 15 trained emergency personnel, including doctors, nurses, and medical technicians. The government highlights the significance of seaplane deployment in delivering swift medical aid, particularly in remote areas inaccessible by conventional means.

Despite seaplanes' access limitations to standardized harbors, with relevant permits, assurances have been made regarding nationwide accessibility. This initiative marks a significant step forward in providing timely and efficient medical assistance, ensuring better healthcare access for all Maldivian citizens.