Close on the heels of the death of a 29-year-old book vendor at Pune airport and allegations from his family and employees' union of negligence due to lack of medical facilities, the Pune airport director has prepared a plan to enhance such facilities at the site. About three lakh passengers frequent the Pune airport every month.
As phase I of the plan, starting from Thursday, an ambulance has been posted at the airport.
"Today, we have got a regular ambulance contributed by Dagdusheth Halwai Temple Trust. Soon, this ambulance will get upgraded and have all modern medical facilities needed in a cardiac ambulance," said Manoj Gangal, Pune airport director.
The airport director also said that he has sent in a proposal to private hospitals in the city for employing a team of doctors on a 24X7 basis, inside the airport terminal building. "We are waiting for hospitals to bid for this and will ensure that this process is streamlined and the facility is in place soon," he added.
Last week, Laxman Thirpaa Natekar, 29, a book vendor, died of cardiac arrest at the airport. Many believed that he would have survived if primary medical care was administered. Natekar's family and the employees' union allege that the airport lacks proper medical facility and due to this Natekar couldn't get help in time. He was rushed to a smaller private hospital in a cab and it took over an hour to shift him to a bigger hospital, but by then he was declared dead.
Dhairyashil Vandekar, chairman of Pune Airline Operators Committee, said that they would keep pursuing the matter until basic medical facilities are in place. "Not just on the airport premises, but we will ensure that even the ambulance has doctors and paramedics assigned to it," added Vandekar.