India's 1st COVID patient to be air transferred flies from Kolkata to Chennai!
Galatta | Sep 07, 2020, 06:36 pm
These are unprecedented times for the entire world and we have been facing a lot of new challenges with each passing day! The outbreak of the COVID-19 Novel Corona Virus Pandemic has brought forth many logistical issues for different people! For long, Chennai has often been the go-to destination for specialist medical assistance and people travel here from even foreign destinations as well as from different parts of India. Now, for the first time ever, a COVID-19 patient has been air transferred in India. The critically ill patient was shifted from Kolkata to Chennai, through the ICATT Kyathi Air Ambulance, for treatment.
The 58-year-old male patient, who is critically affected by the COVID-19, was shifted to Chennai from Kolkata, in a twin-engine aircraft, using a special German isolation pod. This news was given out by the air ambulance's director - Rahul Sardar. He also revealed that this is the first time ever that a COVID affected patient was air transported from one city to another in India. The director added, "Earlier, we had air-lifted a COVID-19 cured patient from Delhi to Chennai, to help him get a lung transplant, at a private hospital here." A specialist medical team including a cardiac anaesthetist and paramedics, had already reached Kolkata by Satuday itself for preparing everything to go smoothly.
The entire air transfer saw the patient being transported to the Kolkata airport through a "Green Corridor" on Sunday. The flight then took 2 hours and 15 minutes to reach Chennai, from where the patient was transported to the hospital through another "Green Corridor" in just 15 minutes. Reports state that the patient had been placed on the Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), during the entire transfer process! Following the air transfer, the entire aircraft and the isolation pod were all thoroughly sanitised. The air transfer company has a fleet of 2 aircraft and a helicopter and are now said to be planning to add another aircraft to the fleet.