Bhutan plans two new air ambulance bases

Bhutan’s state-owned helicopter emergency services provider Royal Bhutan Helicopter Service Limited (RBHSL) will establish new bases in Mongar and Gelephu, which will respectively provide medical evacuation services for the eastern and southern parts of the country.

The news was announced by Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering in a live address broadcast from Gelephu on Wednesday 2 March, and subsequently reported by national newspaper Kuensel.

The new bases are expected to offer improvements to medical response times and provide better access to healthcare facilities for remote communities. At present, medical responses are often disrupted due to poor weathers, as well as the country’s often mountainous terrain.