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Makeshift helipad near RIMS to save treatment time

Learning a lesson from the death of a CRPF jawan who succumbed to his injuries received in a landmine blast in Bihar because of delayed treatment, the Ranchi district administration has readied a helipad near RIMS to ensure swift transfer of injured jawans or officials on election duty.

The well-guarded helipad, located on the premises of the army field firing range at Bariatu, is hardly one-and-a-half kilometre from RIMS and will reduce distance via road by 13.5km. The distance between Birsa Munda Airport — where choppers bringing soldiers injured in Naxalite attacks in remote villages land — and RIMS is 15km.

An ambulance will be deputed near the helipad to offer immediate treatment to the injured once the chopper lands, thus minimising the risk factor and preventing wastage of the golden hour when chances of saving a victim are maximum. The patient can be subsequently taken to hospital for proper treatment.

“The Bariatu helipad, which is a temporary arrangement, is in addition to the one that has been created on the campus of Vikas Vidyalaya for the polls and Birsa Munda Airport. The airport is quite far from RIMS and other hospitals. In comparison, Apollo hospital is hardly 2km from Vikas Vidyalaya’s helipad and RIMS hardly 1.5km from the firing range facility,” district electoral officer Vinay Kumar Choubey said.

He added that steps were being taken to create helipads at the block headquarters where the Maoist threat is more in Ranchi district.

“By tomorrow, we will be able to provide landing and take-off facilities for choppers at every block headquarters. Demarcation of areas has started,” he said.

Ranchi SS Prabhat Kumar said helipads near hospitals would help transfer of patients without wasting any time. “The ambulances will cover a short distance, which means less of traffic disturbances. It will save precious minutes,” he pointed out.

Dinesh Prasad Sahu, a retired air force junior commissioner officer (JCO) who served in the defence for 20 years, welcomed the move.

“Ranchi is the state capital. All premier health institutes are located here. The district administration did a great job by making provisions for helipads in town and block headquarters. It will boost morale of jawans on duty in troubled areas. Every state should take lessons from the death of CRPF deputy commandant (Indrajeet Singh), who could have been saved if admitted to hospital on time,” he said.