Wockhardt Hospital, Mira Road conducted training exercise for the city’s auto-drivers to equip them with crucial life-saving capabilities last week on the occasion of World Hypertension Day. With more than 2 lakh road mishaps every year, India is often referred to as the accident-capital of the world. Along with poor conditions of roads, traffic management and reckless driving, lack of awareness about right emergency response is another factor that causes high incidence of road deaths in India.
The idea behind the Basic Life Support (BLS) training was to create trained emergency responders in our midst on roads. As many as 50 auto-drivers from the association of New Mira Road -Bhayandar Chalak –Malak sangh, attended the first such session of BLS training held at the hospital premises to create awareness about emergencies and accidents on the roads
“According to some estimates, almost 90 per cent of the accident victims in India fail to receive emergency medical care within the ‘Golden Hour’. This happens because of lack of awareness among the general public about the do’s and don’ts to help a critically injured person. In case of a road accident, the first people to come in contact with the victims are traffic policemen and auto or taxi drivers.
Therefore the best people to start emergency responder training with are these people. We have conducted auto drivers free health check-ups and medical consultation on the same day.” said Ravi Hirwani, Central Head, Wockhardt Hospital Mira Road.
The participants were given an effective introduction to CPR and First Aid by Wockhardt hospital senior doctors and medical staff and also on how to deal with an accident victim so as to not aggravate his/her injury before reaching the hospital. At the same time auto drivers took an oath not to refuse any pregnant women if she wants to hire an auto rickshaw to reach her desire destination.