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Aviation firm launches new air ambulances and medical services

Story by Abigirl Tembo, Health Editor

A local aviation firm has launched a medical division to ensure Zimbabweans have access to air ambulances during emergencies at affordable fees.

The move is meant to complement government efforts in the provision of quality health care.

With road carnage dominating the national discourse and the difference between life and death in just a matter of seconds, a local aviation company has moved in to close the medical emergencies gap after launching air ambulances and medical services.

“The reason why we have launched this today is in response to the apparent crisis. Anyone who listens to the happenings in the country would recognise that there is a gap what we are launching today is part of a solution and we hope that every Zimbabwean over time with the support of the government and any other private entity would be able to access quality emergency medical care.

“I know that there are a lot of conversations about hospitals but from our perspective, we see the gap in the emergency sector. We talk about the carnage on the road and the bus disasters we are hoping that as many people as can be will partner with us. Think of this as a private sector initiative to try and close the gap in the emergency medical sector,” said the Medical Director at Halsted Aviation Corporation Medical, Dr Tapiwa Kusotera.

The focus is on affordability at a time when evacuation is pegged at around US$7 000 from Victoria Falls to Harare, the company has introduced a subscription-based arrangement to cater to everyone.

“Air ambulances are expensive and we can’t shy away from addressing the elephant in the room. The cost of operating this machine is around US$2 000 so it’s expensive but this is why we are moving away from a fee-for-service arrangement towards a subscription-based arrangement and for a large number the cost is as little as $5 a month,” said Dr Kusotera.

In July this year, the government procured 12 air ambulances from Russia to complement the ground fleet, in a major milestone towards universal health coverage.

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