The Left Democratic Front’s (LDF) election slogan ‘LDF Varum Ellam Sheriyakum’ was an eye-catching one. How far it is being implemented though is another question altogether.
During its last few months, the United Democratic Front (UDF) government led by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy inaugurated an air ambulance service in the State. It was meant to facilitate the speedy transportation of organs harvested from brain-dead donors. However, it seems as though the current government wants to shut down the service. The reason for such a move is said to be the reluctance of the government to shoulder such a big expense.
Up until now, the Indian Navy’s air crafts have been used to transport harvested organs from one city to the other, a recent example being when such an aircraft was used to transport the heart from a brain-dead man to another person awaiting transplant at Lisie Hospital in Kochi.