Lakshadweep MP Mohammed Faizal PP raised the difficulty of deaths within the islands as a result of non-availability of air ambulance. He spoke to Sourav Roy Barman
You mentioned the difficulty could be very alarming.
Sure, that is significantly regarding as a result of there’s a lack of specialist medical doctors in Lakshadweep. Sufferers should be taken to locations like Kochi as essential ones can’t be saved underneath commentary for too lengthy. There isn’t any evening touchdown facility both. The final helicopter has to take off by 3.30 pm.
Has this been a difficulty prior to now?
It has turn into a much bigger subject in the previous couple of months. Final month itself, there have been 5 deaths attributable to the shortage of air ambulances and the poor state of well being companies. In Lakshadweep, there’s an settlement between the administration and Pawan Hans through which it’s clearly spelt out that the primary precedence needs to be given to sufferers.
Are you able to elaborate?
See, in a single case precedence was given to a VIP who was additionally flying out of the islands over a affected person, who died. In one other case, a pregnant girl was to be air-lifted to Kavaratti from one other island which didn’t have correct medical amenities. However that might not be carried out on time as a result of dangerous climate. The infant couldn’t be saved by the point she was dropped at the capital of the Union Territory.
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Are you saying the state of affairs has worsened of late?
Sure. Beforehand, round 30 specialist medical doctors have been serving round 5 hospitals in Kavaratti, Agatti, Andrott, Minicoy and Amini. Specialist medical doctors of paediatrics, surgical procedure, orthopaedics amongst others have been accessible around the clock even within the far-off islands underneath a PPP association. However the current administration has introduced adjustments, which have weakened the system and people medical doctors will not be accessible anymore.
What’s your demand?
The Ministry of House Affairs ought to be aware of the issue and conduct a correct inquiry to search out out whether or not the precedence is actually adhered to.