Bhubaneswar: In yet another significant step by the Odisha Government in the field of healthcare services, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today launched Mukhyamantri Vayu Swasthya Seva (Air Health Services) at the Biju Patnaik International Airport here.
The service was launched for four districts– Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Nuapada and Kalahandi– in the first phase. Other districts will be covered under the programme in a phased manner.
Under the initiative, a list of specialists required for the treatment of critical patients admitted to various District Headquarters Hospitals (DHHs) will be prepared and sent to the Health Department.
Accordingly, the doctors will be flown to the destined DHHs through aircrafts/ helicopters for prompt treatment of the patients. If required, the patients will be airlifted to various healthcare facilities in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.
A team of doctors of the SCB Medical College & Hospital in Cuttack has been formed for this purpose. Later, similar teams of doctors of MKCG Medical College & Hospital in Berhampur, VIMSAR in Burla and other private hospitals empanelled under the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) will be constituted.
On the inaugural day, the team of doctors of the SCB Medical College & Hospital was flown to Malkangiri.
The service will be offered free of cost to the patients.
The initiative by the Odisha Government is likely to provide proper healthcare service to those patients who were deprived of better treatment by specialists/ experts due to locational disadvantage.
Specialists such as neurologists, nephrologists and cardiologists will be flown to the DHHs. The follow-up treatment of the patients will be carried out through tele-medicine.