India’s Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region, Dr. Jitendra Singh, presided over a conclave of health ministers from all eight North Eastern states Tuesday. Local news reports said that during this event, he mentioned the concept of “air clinics,” which would take the form of helicopter-based outdoor facilities.
The idea reportedly came about after discussion with the Manipur government, and it is has been brought up for discussion by both the Ministry of Health as well as the Ministry of Civil Aviation. The helicopter bases would serve North East Region of Guwahati. There, news outlets said, portions of the population do not have access to health centers or healthcare providers.
“Dr. Jitendra Singh said the Ministry of [North Eastern Region] with the consensus of all the state governments, will go forward in inviting the interested private healthcare partners from other parts of the country,” said a Facebook post on his official page, regarding his meeting with the health ministers, “so that depending upon their capacity and capability, they may be able to supplement the health services in the region.”