Did any of you know that aside from having road ambulances, Abdul Sattar Edhi, the late philanthropist and humanitarian, had also started an air ambulance service?
We couldn’t blame you if this is news to you. The late Abdul Sattar Edhi did have air ambulances but the service was discontinued in the late 80s. Now Faisal Edhi, his son and the current head of the foundation, is restarting this service in the country to be able to help people in remote regions who need faster access to healthcare services in the case of emergencies and catastrophes.
Air ambulances to be reintroduced
Talking to the media, Faisal said that the Edhi Foundation already owns a six-seater Piper Seneca aircraft. With the resumption of the air ambulance service, the organisation plans to buy more aircraft to be able to get to more people.
The aircraft in question has been stationed at the Karachi airport for 23 years now by the charity foundation. However, it has not remained idle for all those years – around 15 years ago at a train accident in Khanewal, the aircraft was sent for rescue missions, Faisal said.