By Sami Zaptia.
London, 8 July 2019:
The Libyan Air Ambulance based in Tripoli and aligned to the internationally recognized Libyan Presidency Council and Government of National Accord led by Faiez Serraj, has launched its air ambulance service to the general public.
The Air Ambulance says that patients can now book its service on a 24 hour basis by phone, email or through its online system.
It says that it can now provide services for transporting sick and injured passengers on board its fleet of aircraft equipped with modern medical equipment – for both trips within and outside Libya.
It will be recalled that the Tripoli Ministry of Health had reported at the end of June that its air ambulance service had since the beginning of April carried out more than 65 flights for 286 emergency cases.
These flights, to Rome, Tunisia and Turkey, transported 222 war wounded and 64 patients, including children.
The number of emergency cases that had been transferred to Tunisia since the beginning of April were 246, including 192 war injured and 54 normal patients, 13 emergency cases to Rome, including 8 war wounded and 5 normal patients, and 22 war injured and 5 patients were transferred to Turkey.
The Libyan Air Ambulance service praised the Tripoli Ministry of Health for its support and solving various obstacles that had prevented from operating.
These including paying debts owed to insurance companies, carrying out maintenance of its aircraft and training its staff – in view of the fact that the Air Ambulance service had experienced a delay in receiving its alloted state budget.
It will be recalled that the Air Ambulance service had existed since the Qaddafi regime but in reality it had been too expensive for the average Libyan and generally reserved for those with good connections with the Qaddafi regime.