New portable isolation chambers to AMREF Flying Doctors for COVID-19 patients transport and evacuation

As COVID-19 increased its spread all over the world, also throughout Africa, AMREF Flying Doctors received a peak of infected patients transport or evacuation requests. The Ministry of Health of Kenya gave its complete support, by providing new portable isolation chambers for COVID-19 patients air transportation or evacuation.

Today, May 13, AMREF Flying Doctors has announced the acquisition of two Portable Isolation Chambers thanks also to the Ministry of Health of Kenya. This means an important support to the direct response to COVID-19 patients air transportation and evacuation.

COVID-19 patients air transportation or evacuation – Portable isolation chambers for AMREF Flying Doctors

This acquisition is a direct response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, driven by the increasing possibility of the need to transfer positive patients by air ambulance between medical facilities in the region and beyond.

“Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the region we have received numerous requests to transport infected patients within Kenya and in the region”, said Stephen Gitau, Chief Executive Officer at AMREF Flying Doctors, “To ensure that we do this safely and with minimal exposure to our medical and air crew as well members of the public, we decided to invest in the two Portable Isolation Chambers”.


Air transportation or evacuation of COVID-19 patients with new portable isolation chambers

Effective immediately, all AMREF Flying Doctors clients – including the Disciplined forces, Civil Servants and Public Secondary School students (registered under National Education Information System) covered under the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) contract for Emergency Air Evacuation Services – will start enjoying access to the patient transport isolation units in the event of a medical evacuation.

“The introduction of Portable Isolation Chambers will enable AMREF Flying Doctors to increase the medical evacuation capacity, by being able to transport COVID-19 positive patients on board our aircraft, in the best interest of the patient and our hard working staff”, adds Stephen Gitau.


The mission of AMREF FLying Doctors in Kenia: air transportation and evacuation specialty since their fundation

Since the outbreak of the novel corona virus in Kenya, AMREF Flying Doctors has supported the Government of Kenya through the Ministry of Health and has rendered logistical and professional support whenever called upon to do so. This has recently included movement of critical medical supplies and personnel to far-flung spots throughout the country, in response to new threats. The purchase of these units will further increase the options available to AMREF Flying Doctors in supporting government efforts against the spread of COVID-19.

All AMREF Flying Doctors air, medical and ground personnel have already undergone thorough training on the application of the newly acquired Portable Isolation Chambers, so they can be immediately deployed.

COVID-19 patients air transportation or evacuation – About the Portable Isolation Chamber

The portable isolation chamber is an innovative medical isolation and transportation system designed for optimal safety during patient loading and transport. The unit is a single patient isolator made of cleanable materials. It is easily assembled for use, fully transportable and is compatible with leading ambulance-stretcher systems. It is compatible with most mechanical ventilator circuits. The equipment meets all requirements for full environmental protection from cross-contamination.

Easy access to the patient enables advanced care and treatment. The design allows the provision of most intensive care treatments and emergency procedures. The unit is reusable with compact storage when not in use.

Only 30 minutes are needed to prepare and load the patient into the Portable Isolation Chamber. The patient can stay inside as long as necessary as the air is circulated through special filters – meaning that both short and long-distance transfers are possible.



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