AMREF Flying Doctors to use portable isolation chambers for COVID-19 patients
Published on: May 14, 2020 03:39 (EAT)
AMREF Flying Doctors, the leading Air Ambulance service provider in Africa, has today announced the acquisition of two Portable Isolation Chambers. This acquisition is a direct response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, driven by the increasing possibility of the need to transfer positive patients by air ambulance between medical facilities in the region and beyond. “Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the region we have received numerous requests to transport infected patients within Kenya and in the region,” said Stephen Gitau, Chief Executive Officer at AMREF Flying Doctors. “To ensure that we do this safely and with minimal exposure to our medical and air crew as well members of the public, we decided to invest in the two Portable Isolation Chambers,” he added. Effective immediately, all AMREF Flying Doctors clients – including the Disciplined forces, Civil Servants and Public Secondary School students (registered under National Education Information System) covered under the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) contract for Emergency Air Evacuation Services – will start enjoying access to the patient transport isolation units in the event of a medical evacuation. “The introduction of Portable Isolation Chambers will enable AMREF Flying Doctors to increase the medical evacuation capacity, by being able to transport COVID-19 positive patients on board our aircraft, in the best interest of the patient and our hard working staff”, adds Stephen Gitau. Since the outbreak of the novel corona virus in Kenya, AMREF Flying Doctors has supported the Government of Kenya through the Ministry of Health and has rendered logistical and professional support whenever called upon to do so. This has recently included movement of critical medical supplies and personnel to far-flung spots throughout the country, in response to new threats. The purchase of these units will further increase the options available to AMREF Flying Doctors in supporting government efforts against the spread of COVID-19. All AMREF Flying Doctors air, medical and ground personnel have already undergone thorough training on the application of the newly acquired Portable Isolation Chambers, so they can be immediately deployed.