Ashwini Kumar Choubey, the Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, released a Handbook on Prevention of Accidents and Awareness of First Aid on the occasion of ‘Road Safety Week’ at a function, in Delhi on Thursday.
Speaking at the function, Choubey emphasised on the need for giving medical trauma care to the injured during the first hour of the accident, known as the golden hour for saving the lives of the injured persons.
Choubey stated that the Health Ministry is implementing a National Programme for Trauma Care with a focus on improving pre-hospital, hospital and rehabilitative services for the injured victims. He added, “The trauma care facilities are being strengthened in the existing government hospitals near the State and National Highways. The government is also taking initiatives to provide training to the doctors, nurses, paramedics, and even to the common people on first aid and management of injuries. Till date, more than 500 pre-hospital trauma technicians have been trained by Safdarjung, RML and Lady Harding Hospitals of the Centre government alone.”
Choubey further said that the Road Safety Week is being observed from April 23 to April 30, 2018, to raise awareness and to encourage the citizens to prevent casualties and make roads safer. He said that during the year 2016, as many as 4,80,652 road accidents were reported, causing injury to 4,94,624 persons and claiming the lives of 1,50,785 people in the country. He observed that according to this statistics, every day as many as 1317 accidents take place and of which 413 people die on Indian roads, which means 55 accidents and 17 deaths in every hour. Choubey stated that a substantial number of accidents and injuries are preventable by following simple Do’s and Don’ts. He expressed optimism that the Handbook released will be found a very useful tool in this regard.
Choubey also administered an oath to the officers and staff on road safety. He also appreciated the skit played on the occasion highlighting the critical importance of first aid training and administering of first aid.