LOOK: Air ambulance takes flight in Palawan

Arlie Cabresante, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 21 2017 08:06 PM

A Robinson R44 chopper is being used as an air ambulance to transport patients from remote islands in Palawan. Photo by Arlie Cabresante

PALAWAN - The Department of Health's (DOH) two air ambulances in Palawan took their first flight last week.

According to DOH Palawan, a 6-seater Cessna 206 was used to transport a 5-year-old hit-and-run victim from Coron, Palawan to Batangas last March 16, 2017. 

From Batangas airport, the victim was brought to the Philippine General Hospital.

On March 18, 2017 a pregnant woman from Cuyo, Palawan was transported to Cuyo General Hospital using the DOH's four seater Robinson R44 chopper. 

The patient was supposed to be transported to Culion, Palawan, but the trip was cut due to a refueling issue.

DOH-Palawan says patients from island municipalities can be directly airlifted to the nearest Hospital in the island or to Metro Manila.

They are also coordinating with other places for landing clearances as well as access to helipads and airstrips.

Meanwhile, DOH Palawan announced that the Local Government of Marikina City will provide two landing areas for the air ambulance chopper.