An air rescue service is a necessity that cannot be avoided. Road accidents, mishaps, tragedies occur on daily basis in countries worldwide, and most of the time a person dies simply because the ambulance could not reach the hospital in time. This situation is most painful. Knowing that your loved one could live, only if your government, your health ministry were more responsible and could provide the needed services. Sadly, besides developed countries like the UK and US, many countries neglect the importance of good air rescue services. Staff training is limited to road rescue services, and when an emergency does occur, precious lives are lost, due to the government’s negligence. One such country is Malaysia. Being proud of its strong transportation setup and its expert road rescue services, it ignored the need of air rescue services.
Malaysia is a small country with excellent road infrastructures, which is why they never really considered having air rescue services until recently, when a major bus accident occurred on one busy road. According to news resources, 15 victims were being treated at major hospitals of Malaysia. This bus accident was a wakeup call for the Malaysian government, as the people there needed quick transportation to hospitals, which was not possible because of clustered traffic.
The Malaysian government then decided to have air ambulance services this coming year. For this purpose the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department sent 20 people to the United States to get training in being air paramedics.
The Malaysian rescue department does not have helicopters for air rescue and now hope to acquire at least 8 helicopters soon enough. Once they get the helicopters, it is planned to send 600 people more for air service training. All this is estimated to be accomplished in the next two years.
This news has received numerous positive reviews from people all over the country. A move considered to be an excellent investment in the health care system. Though the country is highly developed and has hospitals at short distances, with specialized ambulances, it still does require a handy air paramedic service.
Almost all developed countries of the world have excellent air paramedics and it is unlikely that Malaysia should fall behind in this area. But because it always had such an efficient transportation infrastructure, the need for such a service was often ignored. Now the government has realized the importance of getting air services, lies not only in transporting victims on emergency basis, but also in organ transportation. The health minister strongly emphasized on the need of quick organ transportation as that could mean being able to save people’s lives.
By opting for this initiative the Malaysian health ministry has attained for itself a new respect. UK and US institutes are ready to offer help and professional training to all staff, so that there are not only paramedics on air, but rather doctors available too who can be urgently transported to a patient needing emergency treatment. Hopefully, the next two years will see a good upgrade of Malaysia’s rescue system.