Navy Helps Goa Air Medical Team Samples Covid-19

PANAJI: One person helped fly a team of four doctors and patient samples of suspected novel coronavirus (covid-19) to Pune for testing Wednesday. They took off from the Naval Air Base in Dabolim at 9:15 a.m. with the medical team from the health department and is expected to return to Pune on March 27 to pick up the doctors.

According to sources, the medical team led by the head of the department of Microbiology at Goa Medical College, Dr. Savio Rodrigues, will receive training to establish a Covid-19 testing center in Goa.

A request to the Navy to provide air transportation was received by the flag minister commanding the Goa area from the defense minister of state during the last hours of Tuesday, an officer said.

Based on the request, the Navy immediately obtained the necessary authorization for the plane to take off. The medical team also brought in some samples of Covid-19 suspects for testing. The medical team is likely to return to Goa on March 27 after completing the training, a government source said.

The Indian Army Air Squadron 310 is based at INS Hansa and operates the Dornier maritime surveillance aircraft. It is a twin-engine turboprop aircraft that can be used for passenger flights, air ambulances, as well as specialized operations such as electronic warfare and para-command deployment.