The possibilities of appropriate medical treatment in Africa are very limited. Due to the low standards of living in many countries and insufficiently developed infrastructure, patients are often provided with considerably worse treatment in the few existing hospitals than they would be in Germany. In addition to this, there is the large distance between people who have emigrated to Africa and their next of kin in Europe. Therefore the son of a seriously ill patient decided last weekend that his father should return from Nigeria to Germany.
In order to implement this patient transportation appropriately by air, we decided on the provision of a Learjet 36 - an economical jet which we frequently employ for long routes. Upon receipt of a medical report that we have from a trained doctor before every flight, we obtained all necessary authorizations within the shortest possible time. After the pre-positioning of the ambulance jet on Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos the day before, the medical crew took over the care of the patient the following morning. During the approximately eight-hour flight, the patient was permanently medically monitored by a doctor who transferred the patient to the ground department provided by us after safely landing in Dortmund.