India Launches First Helicopter Emergency Medical Service in Uttarakhand for Swift Trauma Care

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India is set to introduce its pioneering Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) at the All India Institute for Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand. 

The HEMS initiative, part of the ‘Sanjeevani’ project, aims to enhance medical outreach and trauma care by deploying helicopters to cover a radius of 150 kilometers.

Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, during discussions with Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Dhami, confirmed the progress of the integrated airport building for Uttarakhand airport and the HEMS project. 

Scindia emphasized the importance of HEMS, noting that once operational, helicopters stationed at AIIMS Rishikesh will ensure timely transportation of accident victims and patients from challenging terrains to AIIMS.

In addition to the HEMS project, Scindia announced another significant initiative in response to the state government’s request for air connectivity from Hindon Air Base to Pithoragarh. 

The completion of the bidding process for this route marks a step forward, with the specific route to be awarded after further investigation under UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik).

These developments hold transformative potential for Uttarakhand, known for its rugged terrain. 

The implementation of the HEMS and air connectivity projects will be a boon for the people of Uttarakhand, ensuring timely and expert medical care during emergencies. 

The emergency helicopter services become particularly crucial in the critical ‘golden hour’ after accidents, contributing to the overall well-being of the state, which sees a significant influx of tourists, pilgrims, and adventure enthusiasts.