The East African Aviation (EAA) on Thursday inaugurated the first air ambulance service in Ethiopia,reported Tanzanian daily,the Citizen.
The new transportation makes it possible to fly patients from Ethiopia, Djibouti, South Sudan and Somaliland to Dubai and South Africa among other destinations.
“The airplane is fully staffed with a medical doctors and a nurse and is also equipped with intensive care unit (ICU) and state of the art medical equipment which helps us to treat the patients aboard” said Dr Rahel Tilahun flying medical Doctor who is part air ambulance crew.
According to captain Mulat,the company has invested 85 million Birr (approximately 4 million dollars) for new King Air 350 aircraft for the private charter.He further noted that currently his company is set to provide three different packages of services.
Under the full package medical insurance package, anyone who lives either in Ethiopia, south Sudan or Somaliland can be a member and gets the Air ambulance service and up to 50,000 dollar medical treatment at the country of his/her choice after paying the 2,050 dollar annual membership fee
The rest of the packages will also see patients requiring medical attention airlifted from the four countries.