S. Anil Radhakrishnan
Round-the-clock service as in airports in metropolitan cities
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: All facilities for round-the-clock emergency medical care as in the airports in metropolitan cities are available at the Thiruvananthapuram international airport.
A medical inspection room (MI) serves the domestic and international terminals of the airport. Three doctors along with a nursing superintendent and two attenders are available to handle any exigency.
The MI room is equipped with the latest equipment to render first aid, for those falling sick in flight and at the terminal building.
Airport Director N. Nagraj said the Airports Authority of India (AAI) had on its panel qualified doctors who were available round the clock and on call.
The doctors on duty had been able to provide emergency medical care when flights, including some non-stop, landed at the airport with sick passengers. In such cases, patients were given first aid and rushed to nearby hospitals.
In February this year, the doctor on duty rendered first aid to a Filipino who fell sick in a Jakarta-Abu Dhabi flight of Etihad Airways when the aircraft was flying under the Thiruvananthapuram Air Traffic Control.
The aircraft was allowed to land and the 30-year-old passenger was rendered first aid and rushed to a nearby hospital.
The passenger, Mondenedo Elmer, was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.
The Airports Authority of India has appointed three doctors, including a lady doctor, who work in shifts on contract basis.
The contract is for a period of one year. The vacancy of a doctor is to be filled by next month.
Airport sources said there was no exigency warranting the use of the Emergency Medical Centre during the last three decades.
Every month, the efficiency of the centre was tested during mock drills carried out by the fire service wing of the AAI.
The AAI has also empanelled several private hospitals in the city and Thiruvananthapuram Medical College Hospital for rushing the sick.
The nearest hospital, a private one, is near Chakka on the Kazhakuttom-Inchivila NH 47 bypass and over five minutes drive from the airport.
“The nearest private hospital can be reached in minutes once the world class terminal complex is commissioned on the city side this year,” Mr. Nagraj said.