Mumbai: With a significant increase in the number of passengers flying through the Mumbai airport in recent years, medical facilities have been beefed up in a major way.
Giving details, Veena Chiplunkar, spokesperson of the Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL), said there were 110 Automated External Defibrillators (AED) that have been located at different places in the airport and which were used to detect sudden cardiac arrests. AED is a portable device and along with cardio pulmonary resuscitation, this can be highly useful in saving lives.
She further revealed that there were seven ambulances available for passengers at the airport, and four of these had advanced life support facilities that were useful in cardiac emergencies. “All these facilities are provided free to passengers,” she added.
The MIAL spokesperson further said that they had tied up with several hospitals in the vicinity where passengers could be shifted in case of medical emergency. “Many of the passengers flying on long routes are senior citizens and there can be a situation where there is a need for medical help,” she pointed out.
Along with this, there are also six medical centres that are located within the airport and which provide round-the-clock service to people, Chiplunkar said.