A DC 10 aircraft, which is the world's only eye clinic that operates in the air, has landed at Jaipur. The aircraft contains state of the art equipment including laser treatment centre, operation theatre and nursing.
Other facilities include areas for biomedical engineering training. "This is the only plane in the entire world and the only flying eye hospital. Inside the plane we have a surgical suite, recovery room, audio-visual centre and a communication centre. We used this plane to help trained local medical professional specialists in eye care," says Perry Athanason, Communication Manager, Flying Hospital, ORBIS.
The aircraft also has a seating capacity for 48 people. The main aim of this hospital is to cure blind patients and to also foster exchange of knowledge across the world.
"The main concept behind this is teaching. We wish to engage with the surgeons here in order to teach them the skills they would like to learn from us. In this process we would like to learn a lot from them too," Robert Walters, Chairman of Trustees (United Kingdom), ORBIS.