The national Capital will get three more trauma centres before the 2010 Commonwealth Games begin.
In an attempt to put in order trauma care facilities, the Delhi government has decided to open trauma centres at three of their prominent hospitals in the city — Lok Nayak hospital, Guru Tegh Bahadur hospital and Deen Dayal Upadhayay hospital. “The project has already been passed by the state government we shall have these functional before the start of the Games,” said Dr Amit Gupta, assistant professor of surgery at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) trauma centre and a member of the committee working on the project.
With the addition of these three, the city will in all have six centres providing all modern facilities in trauma care. The three functional centres at present are he AIIMS Trauma Centre, Sushruta Trauma Centre and the trauma centre at Ram Manohar Lohia hospital. Accident victims need a dedicated quality of care and these centres are equipped to provide advanced medical aide to such patients, as +doctors from varied specialties are available round-the-clock.
The state is also making efforts to publicise ‘102’ as the number call in case of a medical emergency. “We need a dedicated service for accident cases only. As of now, most accident victims are brought in by PCR vans rather than ambulances,” said Gupta. Unlike Western cities, Delhi still has three different numbers for three emergency services—100, 101 and 102. “There is no single number like 911 as in the US; that’s what we have to change. There’s a need for a universal medical emergency number to make it easier for people to call for help,” he said.