In what could help people in the far-flung areas of Northeast India get medical aid, a Central minister suggested "mobile air dispensary" service in these areas.
Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region, said on Monday that the mobile air dispensary would have a doctor, necessary equipment and medicines in a helicopter, ANI reported.
The helicopter will be able to reach destinations that do not have a medical centre in the hilly and mountainous regions of the Northeast. People in these parts of the country would be able to access basic healthcare facilities once the mobile dispensary is airborne.
Much of the region lacks proper connectivity and basic healthcare facility, hence the need for such facilities. The report noted that the mobile air dispensary can be replicated in other far-flung areas of the country.
Singh said that the issue has been discussed with the Ministry of Civil Aviation and feasibility of such services have been discussed.
Meanwhile, Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla has also endorsed the idea of having mobile air dispensary. She cited the example of "Royal Flying Service of Australia," which does similar work.