Organ route: From hospital to airport via Chandigarh green corridor in 7.16 minutes

Special “green corridor” established between Command Hospital Western Command and airport to transport organs meant for donation.

Written by Man Aman Singh Chhina | Chandigarh/panchkula | Published: August 6, 2015 9:45 pm
chandigarh airport, command  hospital Special “green corridor” established between Command Hospital Western Command and airport to transport organs meant for donation. (Source: google)

In a first of its kind development in the tri-city, a road corridor has been established between the Command Hospital, Western Command, Chandimandir and Chandigarh airport in order to transport the organs which are meant to be transplanted in another city. Also on the anvil is an air corridor which is to be established between Chandigarh and New Delhi for faster transportation of organs meant for donation.

A mock drill was carried out on the “green corridor” and the journey from Command Hospital to the airport was made in just seven minutes and 16 seconds as against the normal time of 45 minutes. A mock-situation of a liver being transplanted to save a patient’s life was enacted and an escort vehicle of Panchkula Police led by ASI Balbir Singh was used to provide road clearance for the ambulance till the airport.

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A mock scenario of organ donation was set up wherein it was assumed that a organ had been harvested by a team of doctors in Command Hospital and that it needed to be urgently rushed to New Delhi for transplantation. The Panchkula Police were given advance information about the movement of the ambulance from Command Hospital and additional police personnel were deployed for the smooth movement.

Giving more details Panchkula Police officials informed that the old Panchkula route was taken to reach the Kalka-Zirakpur highway. The traffic going towards Zirakpur was diverted on the service lane and the highway was kept free of any traffic. All major road junctions were manned by extra traffic policemen and from the Zirakpur junction the road towards airport was taken, which again was kept free of traffic. Coordination with the Punjab Police and the Chandigarh Police was also done in order to keep the road clear from Zirakpur till airport. No major traffic disruption took place at any point on this route, informed police officials.

The air corridor which is planned to be set up would also entail advance information about the proposed special flight which would take an organ to New Delhi. In this case, close liaison would be maintained with the Air Traffic Control (ATC) of Indian Air Force authorities at Chandigarh and the ATC in New Delhi to ensure that priority for landing and take off is given to the aircraft carrying the organ and that no time is wasted waiting to land or take-off, informed officials.

The unique corridor was set-up on the occasion of World Organ Donation Day today. Major General Rajvir Singh the Commandant of Command Hospital Chandimandir informed that the Command Hospital Chandimandir has been a leading hospital in Northern India to promote organ donation activities and has carved out a niche for itself by carrying out eight multi-organ retrievals of liver, kidneys and corneas, including from PGIMER, Chandigarh in record time.

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