Trauma centres to come up along national highways: Azad
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Last Updated: Wednesday, July 22, 2009, 18:02
New Delhi: A large number of trauma centres will come up along national highways across the country during the 11th Plan period to take care of accident victims, Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

Observing that accidents have increased on the new highways being developed by the government, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said Rs 732 crore has been earmarked in the 11th Plan for a new scheme to construct trauma care centres along the highways.

Asked whether air ambulance system was also being promoted, he said there was no such agency at the national level and none in the public sector. Only one private operator was at present providing four heli-ambulances after having tied up with private hospitals like Apollo and Max.

On questions relating to improving infrastructure, drug availability to ensure timely treatment for patients suffering from fatal diseases, Azad said several measures were already being implemented, including setting up of AIIMS like institutions, upgrading of existing government colleges and setting up new nursing and paramedical institutions.

Preventive measures to control fatal diseases were also being implemented, like providing vaccines for various diseases including Japanese encephalitis and Hepatitis B.

While a National Cancer Control Programme was being modified to meet the gap between cancer care facilities and trained manpower, Health Minister's Cancer Fund has been set up to provide financial assistance to BPL patients, Azad said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, July 22, 2009, 18:02

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