The concept of flying doctors and dispensaries is pretty popular in countries like Australia. Now, this concept might become a reality soon in Manipur, thanks to the initiatives of their Governor Najma Heptullah. She has disclosed that her proposal for flying doctors and dispensaries will be finalised by the Centre as soon as helicopter services were introduced in the state.
Heptullah disclosed this on Friday at the inauguration of the first open heart surgery in Sky hospital here. She said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi informed her that the matter would be entrusted to the Ministry Of Development Of North Eastern Region (DoNER) for necessary action.
Necessity of flying doctors in Manipur
In view of the remoteness of the hill districts and poor road connectivity the Centre was planning to introduce helicopter services in Manipur. The aerial service was already available in Meghalaya, Nagaland and some other Northeast States.
The Governor said that poor road connectivity often hampered tribals in the hill districts from getting modern and timely medical attention. ‘Besides, doctors and paramedics who were from other parts of the state hardly stayed in the hospitals. This was primarily due to the absence of residential facilities,’ she added.
She added, ‘First I came to know of the flying doctors and dispensaries in Australia. Doctors and paramedics are flown to remote and hard to access farms for immediate treatments there. This could be arranged for the hill people also.’
If need be, the patients could also be shifted to places where there were better medical facilities via aerial support, she added.