As an initiative to improve health care facilities in the Himalayan state Uttarakhand, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Rishikesh, on Tuesday, successfully conducted test landing of an air ambulance service in the premises of the hospital.

A six-seater helicopter made a test landing at the hospital on Tuesday, after getting permission from the director-general of civil aviation (DGCA). As per reports, Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat will soon inaugurate the facility in a formal launch.

This facility is going to help improve healthcare facilities in the state, as patients in serious condition in far-flung areas, can be brought to the hospital through the air ambulance.

Earlier, the helipads of IDPL and at Jollygrant were used to bring patients from remote areas of the state to AIIMS, said professor Ravikant, director of AIIMS. He further added that, with this initiative, AIIMS Rishikesh is soon going to become the first government health institutions in the country with an air ambulance facility.

As part of the trial run, the hospital director along with Captain Deep Srivastava, the civil aviation advisor to the government of Uttarakhand, flew from Jollygrant to AIIMS Rishikesh.  

“Our hospital stands completely with the state government to provide immediate treatment to victims of disasters and road accidents in any part of the state. We are working with determination in this regard, and for that, a helipad has been made on campus to save the lives of critical patients”, said Dr. Madhur Uniyal, in-charge of aviation and air rescue services of AIIMS Rishikesh.

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