The roadmap prepared by the Ministry of Health for medical evacuation by air of injured Bulgarian citizens includes the purchase of 1 helicopter with European funds and provision of national funding for the repair of 4 available Cougar helicopters, owned by the Ministry of Defense.
This was reported by Minister of Health Kostadin Angelov at today’s meeting of the Council of Ministers. There is no information as to whether the roadmap in question has specific implementation deadlines.
This morning, Defense Minister Krasimir Karakachanov announced that the ministry is ready to provide 3-4 helicopters for airborne ambulances, but the Health Ministry will have to convert the machines for medical use. The Bulgarian authorities have been severely criticized in the last days after the rescue operation in Stara Planina, which lasted 11 hours and put at risk the rescuers themselves, which brought to public notice the fact that our country is the only one in the European Union that does not have an airborne emergency ambulances. Moreover that yesterday Prime Minister Borissov inspected the construction of Hemus Motorway by helicopter.
Source: Bulgaria: Defense Ministry Gives out 4 Cougar Choppers for Airborne Ambulance Service – Novinite.com – Sofia News Agency