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Medical emergency plan on the anvil

india Updated: Nov 15, 2007 02:41 IST
Srinand Jha

A national medical emergency plan incorporating the resources of private and public hospitals will be put in place over the next three years, if the guidelines of the National Disaster Management Authority are implemented.

Released on Wednesday by Union Health Minister Ambumani Ramdoss, the guidelines stipulate the need for identifying, stockpiling, supply chain and inventory management of drugs, equipment and consumables, including vaccines and antidotes.

Titled guidelines for “medical preparedness and mass casualty management”, it lists procedures for the inclusion of knowledge of mass casualty management in the present curriculum of medical undergraduates and postgraduates alongside refresher training programmes in the area of emergency medicine within the next three years. Mid and long-term actionplans include recommendations for developing mobile hospitals, a network of laboratories, burn centres, radiation injury treatment centres and blood banks.