Imphal (Manipur): Good news for the people of Northeast as far as your health is concerned.The region is all set to get India’s first-ever "Air Dispensary" based in a helicopter and the Union Ministry of Development of Northeast has already contributed Rs. 25 crore as part of the initial funding for this initiative.
The state -of art disensary will have a helicopter based Dispensary/OPD service in such far flung and remote areas, where no doctor or medical facility was available and the patient in need will have access to any medical care.
This service is going to be a reality early 2018 and would be the new year gift of the central goverment to the residents of the remote areas of the North East.
Nearly 1/3rd of India’s population do not have access to proper medical facilities and poor patients living in remote areas remained deprived of crucial medical care.
This experiment project is being introduced in the Northeast, and if successful, may also be started in other hill states having difficult topography like Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh.
To begin with, helicopter will be based at two locations, namely Imphal in Manipur and Meghalaya in Shillong. Both of these cities have premier postgraduate medical institutes from where specialist doctors, along with the necessary equipment and paramedical staff, would be able to move into the helicopter and hold a dispensary/OPD in different locations across the eight States of North Eastern Region.
On its way back, , the same helicopter can also transport a sick patient, requiring admission, to a city hospital. Three twin-engine helicopters are planned to be placed for initial operation on six routes in the region around Imphal, Guwahati and Dibrugarh