Sunday, February 8, 2009

Bangalore : The IAF is taking no chances with medical emergencies for the Feb 11-15 air show. Two full-fledged air ambulances and a transport aircraft are on stand-by 24/7 to evacuate people to hospitals in the city in case of casualties at the Yelahanka air base.
Air Commodore Ravi Dhar told TOI that two Mi-8 copters have been kept in readiness for any medical eventuality. "They will fly affected people to HAL airport from where they will be taken to Command Hospital or 27 other city hospitals which have offered help. We also have a huge transport aircraft in case of high number of casualties."
Air ambulances will be stationed at strategic points so they can take off at short notice. The IAF will also have two fully equipped medical rooms at two ends of the airbase which will take care of first-aid treatment, injuries and other health problems. A mini operation theatre will handle surgeries.
"A team of 30 doctors, including cardiac specialists, anaesthetists and surgeons, will be in readiness, along with nursing staff. We also have cardiac vans ready," Air Cmdr Dhar said.
Opposite the IAF base is the IAF hospital which can take care of some emergencies. "The rest will be managed by 27 city hospitals. We have road ambulances too to transport people. All procedures and arrangements are in place."
07/02/09 Times of India

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