Privately owned aviation firm – East African Aviation, recently launched Ethiopia’s first air ambulance and transportation service.
In line with the development, the owner of the aviation company, Captain Mulat Lemlemayehu, a former commercial pilot at the Ethiopian airlines, has equally set up an aviation training school and launched a charter service in the nation’s capital, Addis Ababa. After 39 years of being a pilot, Capt. Mulat’s entrepreneurial spirit takes over as he introduces air medical services in Ethiopia.
Setting the pace with the air ambulance transport service, Ethiopia is the first to do a thing of this kind in the East-African region. The ambulance- aircraft, a King Air 350 which cost Mulat a fortune ($2.8 million), have already been equipped with the “state-of-the-art medical equipment”, experienced and qualified pilots, and licensed medics who will assist patients while on transit.
“With the state-of-the-art medical equipment fitted in the air ambulance, we specialize in transporting patients with the same level of care that would be expected from a hospital ICU… Air ambulance has been non-existent in our country Ethiopia with over 90 million people, a tourist hub in the whole region of Africa and, above all, with a city like Addis Ababa that is the diplomatic capital of Africa where we have a big international community,” – Captain Mulat Lemlemayehu
Reports have it that the inaugural ceremony took place in the presence of dignitaries ranging from top Ethiopian government officials, diplomats, and other prominent persons. Also present at the official ceremony was Demeke Mekonnen, Deputy Prime Minister of Ethiopia, who expressed his appreciation and happiness for the introduction of the air ambulance by the privately owned aviation company. As he gave a speech of commendation at the occasion, he also spotted the potential investment opportunities inherent in this tech-advancement in the nation’s health sector.