For the first time in Odisha's history, Angul mishap injureds get air ambulance

Five critically injured were airlifted from Athmallick to Cuttack by choppers that were converted into air ambulances.

Published: 10th September 2016 07:18 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th September 2016 07:18 AM   |  A+A-

BHUBANESWAR: Which claimed 20 lives and left 50 injured on Friday, saw air ambulance being used for the first time in the State for rescue and relief of accident victims. At least five critically injured persons were airlifted from  Angul to Cuttack by two choppers that were converted into air ambulances as an exigency measure by the State Government. The first helicopter, used by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik,  shifted one injured passenger from Angul whereas the second  was a 22-seater Pawan Hans chopper that is used by the Special Operation Group, the elite anti-Naxal squad of State Police. This chopper airlifted four persons.

Both the choppers landed at  Satyabrata Stadium at Cuttack. Since the mishap had left over 50 persons hurt, some of them grievously injured, the administration  wanted them shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital at the earliest. The Angul administration mobilised ambulances from corporate houses,  which have their facilities in the district while locals chipped in with support. However, the critically hurt required immediate evacuation for  which the Government decided to  press in the two choppers. The first challenge was to find a place for landing and no such site was available at Manitri. At Athmallick, which was 3 km from the accident  spot, the only ground was covered with rain water and mud which was why it was rejected.

Collector Anil Samal said the  administration earmarked a  ground at Angul where the injured were being shifted to the hospital. The first chopper landed at 2 pm and carried one patient to Cuttack. The health officials had  deployed necessary medical support in the chopper. At about 3 pm, the SOG chopper came in with Director, Public Health, Kailash  Dash and other staff on board. The seats altered and medical support systems installed, the copper flew back with four more injured passengers. “The  Department had placed six ambulances at Satyabrata Stadium where the injured were immediately shifted to SCB Medical. In the shortest possible time, the  Government made the best utilisation of available resources,” Samal said.  As many as 25 patients have been admitted to SCB Medical where special arrangements have  been made. Das said a special general ward with 26 beds and ICU for 10 patients were earmarked. At least three passengers were under  intensive care. A team of doctors are attending to the patients.  Health Minister Atanu Sabyachi Nayak also visited the hospital to take stock of the arrangements  .  

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