Maldivian’s air ambulances complete 75 flights

The air ambulances introduced in March to improve emergency response have completed 75 flights.

The air ambulance service is run by the government in collaboration with Island Aviation – which operates the national airline, Maldivian.

On Monday, the company said it has completed 75 flights after launching a dedicated air ambulance service on its domestic and seaplane routes.

“Our air ambulance service continues to make a difference in the Maldives,” said the company.

The air ambulance service was launched on March 1. The service uses two aircrafts; a converted DHC-8-200 aircraft and a seaplane.

According to the Health Ministry, the air ambulances will transfer patients to the nearest tertiary hospital in cases of medical emergencies.

It is equipped with necessary resources as well as a 15-member team of trained medical personnel, including doctors, nurses and emergency medical technicians, and can carry up to two patients per flight.

The introduction of a national air ambulance service was one of President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu’s electoral pledges.

The Health Ministry plans on using the air ambulance not just within Maldives, but also to transfer patients overseas.