ALOR SETAR – The Air Ambulance Service at the Langkawi Hospital will boost the status of Pulau Langkawi as an international tourist island, said Kedah Health Department director Datuk Dr Norhizan Ismail.
He said the service would facilitate and speed up numerous cases from Pulau Langkawi in need of expert emergency treatment not available at the Langkawi Hospital, such as neurosurgery, cardiology and cardiothoracic and neonatology services.
“The service is important because Pulau Langkawi is often the venue for numerous international meetings, events and sports championships,” he said in a statement here today.
He said the air ambulance service, which started on Jan 1, could also transform the health service in Kedah, especially Pulau Langkawi.
On Jan 15, Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya, when launching the service, said the government had allocated RM10 million a year to fund the service, which was the first of its kind in the country, using a modified Airbus H135 helicopter. – BERNAMA