CM Yediyurappa launches South's first fixed-wing air ambulance helmed by medical experts

Air ambulance firm International Critical Air Transfer Team (ICATT) will run the services in collaboration with aviation technology firm Kyathi from the HAL airport in Bengaluru.

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Bengaluru: Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Tuesday launched the country's first integrated air ambulance services. Air ambulance firm International Critical Air Transfer Team (ICATT) will run the services in collaboration with aviation technology firm Kyathi from the HAL airport in Bengaluru. This will also be the first air ambulance based out of South India, providing services for medical emergencies. Equipped with state-of-the-art German isolation pod, the service will enable transportation of critical Covid-19 patients as well, the companies said in a press release.

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The chief minister was happy that the promoters chose to station their services in Bengaluru, and have timed their launch when healthcare concerns are very high due to the pandemic. The service will improve the connectivity for peripheral healthcare centres to access tertiary centres in the metros, he said. “The need of the hour is to save lives,” he said, referring to Covid-19 pandemic.

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“Being the only air ambulance service providers with medical know-how and expertise, there could be no none better than us to understand the relevance and need for integrated services and we are happy that we have finally launched this, more so at a time when the need for emergency medical care has been at an all-time high,” ICATT co-founder Dr Shalini Nalwad said.


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Deputy chief minister CN Ashwath Narayan felt the new air ambulance service will further strengthen Karnataka’s healthcare infrastructure, while Health Minister B Sriramulu said Bengaluru has some of the country’s best healthcare service providers. The city, he added, is home to expats as well as professionals from across the country and the world.
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