Medical centre opens at KIA

The Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) has launched a medical centre for both travellers and visitors. Operated by Aster CMI Hospital, the centre will have a team of trained medical and non-medical staff besides clinical technicians, working round-the-clock.

Spread across an area of about 10,000 sqft, the facilities at the centre include cardiac care, X-ray, mortuary, audiometry and ophthalmology units. The equipment, according to a release, meet the standards of pilot medicals and other tests specific to an airport environment.

Equipped with a 10-bed, 24/7 emergency unit and ambulance, the centre will also offer pre-employment express health checks, the release said. The centre is located in a separate building at the end of the terminal building, on the kerbside. The facility has been designed keeping in view the growing number of international passengers at the Bengaluru Airport, a hospital official said. The centre also has a waiting lounge for international patients, besides translators and coordinators, to make their interaction seamless.

Under the tie-up between BIAL and the Aster CMI Hospital, airlines and airport staff are expected to be trained in handling medical emergencies. An estimated 60,000 passengers use the airport every day.

Aster DM Healthcare had opened the Aster Clinic at KIA's passenger terminal area in October 2016. The officials said close to 10,000 people were offered medical care over the last 10 months. The facility offers consultations with medical doctors and tele-consultations with specialist doctors.

The clinic was phase 1 of the healthcare facility to become operational, following a seven-year healthcare partnership agreement signed in July 2016 by Aster DM Healthcare with BIAL.

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