The air ambulance services of Apollo Hospitals, one of the largest multispecialty hospital chain in the country, will soon be available in tier-2 cities and towns like Madurai, Mysore, Kakinada, Karaikudi, Karur, Trichy and Vizag to address the emergency medical needs of people living far from big cities.
Launched in partnership with Bengaluru-based Air Aviators Rescue, the Apollo air ambulances will have on board a medical crew trained in critical pre-hospital care protocols to address emergency victims and critically-ill patients.
“We have always believed all Indians across metros and smaller cities and towns must receive international quality care… With this launch I hope that we have increased the chances of patients in the smaller towns and cities getting medical attention they deserve in the golden hour,” said Dr Prathap Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group, at the launch.
The air ambulance was launched by Dr J Radhakrishnan, Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department of Tamil Nadu. Also present on the occasion was Dr Preetha Reddy, Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Group and Capt. Arun Sharma, Managing Director, Aviators Air Rescue Pvt. Ltd.
According to Dr Preetha Reddy, the air ambulance could prove to be a boon in emergency situations as it could cut travel time by as much as 90 per cent.
“Over 60 million people in India are affected with cardiac diseases, over 0.5 million road accidents occur annually where at least about 0.1 million deaths are reported year on year, immediate medical attention can go a long way in saving lives,” she said.
Apollo air ambulance was launched in 2003 and since then there has been a steady increase in the number of patients using this service. On an average, Apollo Hospitals air transfers around 125-150 patients per year.