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Bagdogra airport to provide free medicare service from mid-Feb

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Pivotal to fly to famous tourist destinations of Darjeeling, and other North-Eastern states, the airport has joined hands with a hospital chain to provide fit to fly certificate to a pregnant flier or attend to the sickness of passengers or employees.

The airport has a medical inspection (MI) unit at present but its good only to provide first aid treatment, Director of Airport told

The airport has entered into an agreement with Desun Hospital to provide to passengers as well staff manning the airport located in district from mid-February onward.

Many people complain of not being able to breathe properly after coming down from the hills of or Sikkim, at times pilots report a medical emergency on board, while on some occasions pregnant women need a fit to fly certificate before boarding an aircraft, Sahay said.

He said facilities to attend to such problems are available only in and airports currently.

Doctor and staff would be present at the airport to attend to patients when the airport whenever needed, Sahay said.

Besides passengers, it would also render facilities to employees of Airport Authority of India, or CISF personnel posted there.

The Bagdogra airport handles 22 arrivals and as many departures of planes daily between 11 am and 7 pm.

"We have entered into an agreement with the Desun Hospital in Siliguri regarding this and the agreement is for three years," Sahay said.

The of Desun Hospital, Javed Ali Khan told over phone that the representatives of the hospital posted at the airport would attend to patients, carry out inspection and start treatment free of cost.

"In case someone needs to be taken to a hospital, either to ours or any other hospital, we will provide free ambulance service also," Khan said.

He said required to attend a patient during an emergency, including oxygen cylinders, will be available also.

"This as a part of our corporate social responsibility and we are doing this for the first time," Khan said.

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First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 10:55 IST