, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 8 – The African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) has embarked on an ambitious project purchase an aircraft every year to enhance its capacity of handling emergencies.
The initiative was launched at the beginning of the year to address the need for airlifting of patients from far flung areas to access better medical attention.
Speaking when one of the aircrafts was unveiled at the Wilson Airport on Monday, Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero pledged to work with AMREF in ensuring enhancing accessibility of air ambulance services.
“Like AMREF the government is planning to set up an emergency response programme when it comes to fire and medical emergencies. This will help us serve Kenyans better and more efficiently,” Kidero said.
The air ambulance will have a trained doctor and nurses that will be able to administer first aid to patients before reaching the hospital.
The air ambulance will be available to members who subscribe to the cover either as individuals, groups and corporates depending on the clients’ needs.
AMREF was started 55 years ago in Kenya under the name East African Flying Doctors covering the East African Community and now has extended its presence to Ethiopia, Zanzibar, Southern Sudan and South Africa.