First Ever ‘Air Dispensary’ in North-East India (Download PDF)


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Northeast will get India’s first-ever “Air Dispensary” based on a helicopter with Union Ministry of Development of Northeast (DONER) contributing Rs. 25 crore initial funding for this initiative. Helicopter service is provided using Pawan Hans.

Image of Health Care Expenditure as % of GDP In 2014

Image of Health Care Expenditure as % of GDP In 2014

Image of Health Care Expenditure as % of GDP In 2014

Motivation and Importance

  • Helicopter based dispensary and OPD service will be provided in far-flung and remote areas, where no doctor or medical facility was available

  • Nearly 1/3rd of India’s population does not have access to proper hospital care

  • Especially poor patients living in remote areas remain deprived of crucial medical care.

  • The experiment can also be emulated in other hill states having difficult topography like Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh, he added.

Detail Plan

  • Helicopter will be based at two locations, namely Imphal in Manipur and Meghalaya in Shillong with premier postgraduate medical institutes

  • Specialist doctors, along with the necessary equipment and paramedical staff, would be able to move into the helicopter and hold a dispensary and OPD in different locations across the eight States of North Eastern Region.

  • On way back the same helicopter will transport a sick patient, requiring admission, to a city hospital.

  • Three twin-engine helicopters planned to be placed for initial operation on six routes in the region around Imphal, Guwahati, and Dibrugarh.

- Published/Last Modified on: November 21, 2017


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