In Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta Launches Country's First Air Ambulance Service

The Kenya government has launched its first national air ambulance service to help its security forces during an emergency on battlefield.

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The Kenya government has launched its first national air ambulance service to help its security forces during an emergency on battlefield.

Some soldiers and policemen have bled to death or have died of dehydration in remote areas of Kenya because of long delays in getting them to hospital.

The government has also reached a deal with the Red Cross and private firm AMREF Flying Doctors to dispatch helicopters and vehicles as soon as distress calls are received from the battlefield

According to President Uhuru Kenyatta, the service was vital to ensure they received instant treatment before they arrive at the hospital.

"This is a crucial service, especially for our security officers, who put themselves on the front line against our enemies, to ensure that Kenyans are safe wherever they are," Mr Kenyatta said at the launch in Nairobi.

The initiative is likely to boost the morale of security personnel facing multiple threats.

In 2012, more than 40 security officers were killed in Mandera and it took more than two days to rescue the injured.

 Also 64 people were killed in two attacks in same area which share border with Somalia recently.

 The new evacuation service will also be offered to civil servants, especially those who work in the security field in rural areas with few medical facilities.

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