THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The government has invited expression of interest for the proposed Air Ambulance service in the state, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said here on Thursday.
He said this after inaugurating the third anniversary of Mrithasanjeevani, a Kerala network for organ donation.
“The government is considering the possibility of setting up an air ambulance service to support organ transplant activities ,” he said.
Noting that talks had been held with a few companies, he said that more discussions were needed in this regard. Talks should also be held with major hospitals, he said.
Chandy said that the government was looking into the possibility of providing maximum support to donors, who are liable to have health issues later in their life.
Mrithasanjeevani organised a function to pay respect to the families of the donors where those actively involved in organ donation were honoured.
Some family members who received the honours wished that more and more people would come forward to donate organs so that more lives could be saved.
Health Minister V S Sivakumar said Mritasanjeevani, launched in 2012, was a great success. He said that about 400 organ transplants had been done since its launch.
Thiruvananthapuram Medical College head of urology department Dr Venugopal, head of nephrology department, cardiac surgeon Dr Jose Chacko Periappuram and Kidney Foundation of India chairman David Chiramel were honoured for their services in organ donation.