Urgent need to have a National Trauma Care Policy, say doctors

India is among the leading countries in the world in terms of road accidents and related deaths. Nearly 1,50,785 persons were killed in 2016 as against 1,46,133 in 2015. Given the situation, it is but obvious for one to wonder about the urgent need for ‘trauma care centres ’ in the country 

Urgent need to have a National Trauma Care Policy, say doctors

There has been an urgent need for developing trauma care centres around the world. India witnesses several road accidents and related deaths every year. It also features on the list of road accident prone countries

This matter has been an issue up for debate, for a while now. In one of the events organised in the ‘Transport Ministers` Forum on Road Safety’ on Monday, Dr JP Nadda, the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare stated the importance of having a National Trauma Care Policy in place.

Understanding this, the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr JP Nadda, on ‘Transport Ministers` Forum on Road Safety’ organised by International Road Federation (IRF) on Monday said, “All sectors including the health sector need to be fully engaged in responsibility, activity and advocacy for preventing accidents”.

He added that the capacity building for developing Trauma Care Facilities in Government Hospitals on National Highways was approved for development of 85 new trauma care facilities.

He further said, “During the 12th Five Year Plan (FYP), 85 medical colleges or district Hospitals have been approved. Out of the 116 trauma care facilities funded during the 11th FYP, 100 are reported to be functional by the States.

Doctors and experts in Maharashtra state that there is a stringent need to have a National Trauma Care Policy.

“It is the right time to draft a trauma care policy. The numbers of accidents are rising each year. There needs to access to first aid as well as some written guidelines on the same,” said Dr Abhijit Kale, assistant professor, Orthopaedic department at LTGM Sion Hospital.

Dr PM Bhujang, President, Association of Hospitals (AOH) said there is definitely a need for the same. “Trauma care is definitely the need of the hour.”

Road accidents in the country have decreased by around 4.1% during 2016, with the year seeing 4,80,652 road accidents as against 5,01,423 in 2015. However fatalities resulting from these accidents have risen by about 3.2% during the same period. Nearly 1,50,785 persons were killed in 2016 as against 1,46,133 in 2015.

Source: Ministry of Road Transport & Highways