Kozhikode, 24 April 2020: When the world is reeling under lockdown due to COVID-19, it was not a deterrent for Prasad Das from the UK to travel all the way from UK to Kerala for a medical emergency at Aster MIMS hospital, Kozikode. Prasad Das a native of Vadakara district reached Kozhikode airport this morning in a chartered flight from the UK and got admitted to the hospital right away after going through the necessary screening test for coronavirus.
Prasad, an IT professional working in Nottingham UK had received treatment for Gastrointestinal ailments from ASTER MIMS a year ago and had returned to the UK after completion of treatment. Due to coronavirus outbreak and UK hospitals being occupied with coronavirus emergencies
Prasad contacted Dr. Abhishek Rajan, Senior Gastrointestinal Surgeon at ASTER MIMS as his condition deteriorated. With the help of district administration and state health department all necessary formalities and permissions were obtained, and he could fly down to Kozikode today morning in a chartered flight.
The chartered flight carrying Prasad Das and family reached Karipur airport Friday at 9 AM and was taken to the ASTER MIMS hospital in a specially arranged ambulance. Initial screening for coronavirus was conducted at the airport. Aster MIMS Calicut also happens to be the only facility certified to conduct the confirmatory test for Covid-19 in Kerala.
Apart from Dr. Abhishek Rajan, ASTER MIMS Gastrointestinal Sciences Head, Dr. Anish Kumar, Gastro Intestinal Surgery Head, Dr. Sajeesh Sahadevan, Dr. Seethalakshmi, Dr. Naushif are attending to the patient.
This news is a proud moment for the health care system in Kerala and all international patients looking for getting treated in the state provided we get necessary approvals from authorities. At this moment Kerala is one of the safest zones for treatment for all domestic and international patients seeking high quality treatment