Heliports will be built at two trauma hospitals in the province of Santo Domingo, including the Ney Arias Lora and at the Darío Contreras and at the Plaza de la Salud, where Cedimat offers specialized heart care, in the National District, also part of Greater Santo Domingo. Another heliport will be built at the La Vega Juan Bosch trauma hospital off the Duarte Highway, about 104 km from Santo Domingo. Also on the list, is the construction of a heliport in Barahona. Santo Domingo has a heliport on the Malecón and recently one was built in San José de las Matas in the province of Santiago.
The construction of the heliports is part of the Airport Agency plan to have a Medical Air Corridor, said Marino Collante, director of the Departamento Aeroportuario. Collante said the access to the trauma hospitals makes for a life saving difference to accident victims.
Collante said there are 61 private helicopters registered; the Air Force has 30; 10 between the National Police and the National Drug Control Agency (DNCD). Helidosa, a private helicopter service company owned by Public Works Minister Gonzalo Castillo has 18.
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11 February 2019