Hyderabad: To extend their services to flood-hit Kerala, city-based Wings Aviation Pvt Ltd is gearing up to send its air ambulance for providing medical services wherever needed. With thousands of people stranded and waiting for medical help after incessant rain battered the State, Wings Aviation decided to send the air ambulance on Saturday to help in evacuations at severely flooded areas.
Wings Aviation made its Augusta helicopter, Air Aid, which is incidentally the country’s first 24/7 private air ambulance service, available this year. Air Aid is equipped with emergency medical gear to handle cases during rescue operations, evacuations and natural calamities.
According to officials at Wings Aviation, the chopper will leave with expert teams on Saturday and reach Kerala by Sunday. Doctors will be onboard to help in shifting patients from flooded hospitals as well to safe places and from flood-hit areas to hospitals as well.
The International Critical-Care Air Transfer Team (ICATT) involving 10 doctors and paramedics are experts in providing medical emergency. Apart from medicines, doctors would provide patients with food packets and water bottles as well.
ICATT is a company having a team of Anaesthetists-Intensivists trained in the UK. Having worked in the National Health Service over the past decade, they gained experience in aeromedical rapid response in pre-hospital trauma management via helicopters.
Marketing Head of Wings Aviation, Umesh Kamath, said ICAAT would take up medical evacuation in a big way. “These doctors will also shift patients from relief camps to hospitals by air ambulance. We came to know that there over 1,500 relief camps set up in Kerala”, he said.
Coordinating with Sai Gramam, an NGO, Wings Aviation will focus on patients and elderly. The helicopter’s equipment includes a ventilator, aviation oxygen, emergency resuscitation kit and medical kit. “We are carrying all important medicines and antibiotics in the helicopter. We will stay in Kerala for at least three days. If everything goes well, we will return or else stay for few more days, depending on the necessity,” Kamath said.