On Thursday, the Department of Health’s (DOH) air ambulance flew for the first time to transport a boy from Coron, Palawan who was a hit and run victim. The boy was to be brought in Manila, at PGH Taft Avenue, to receive better medical attention.
According to Eduardo Janairo, DOH-Mimaropa (Region 4B) director, the air ambulance transported the five-year-old victim and the trip took only two hours.
He added that it was the first time the DOH’s air ambulance flew for this purpose. The air ambulance was just launched last week. The project was an initiative of DOH-Mimaropa and the Philippine Adventist Medical Aviation Services, a volunteer-driven organization.
DOH’s air ambulance is comprised of a Cessna 206 (6-seater helicopter) and Robinson R44 (4-seater chopper).
Both air ambulances have first aid equipment and a paramedic onboard.
DOH claims that the air ambulances will be a huge help for island provinces.