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Quick, free help on highway

india Updated: Apr 22, 2013 01:51 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja

In a unique initiative to bring down accident fatalities on National Highway-8 and provide immediate medical attention to victims, the Ministry of Surface Transport (MoST) in collaboration with All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), state health departments of Delhi, Haryana and Rajasthan and private sector insurance firms is going to launch a pilot project.

The aim is to rescue accident victims on the stretch between New Delhi and Jaipur and offer immediate and cashless treatment to them.

A number of private hospitals with trauma centre facilities and expertise in the field of critical care along the 261-km stretch between Delhi and Jaipur will be empanelled by a private sector insurance firm.

The proposed plan envisages creating a Rapid Response Team (RRT) to ensure immediate transfer of the accident victims to nearby private hospitals and providing initial crucial treatment without waiting for the police or relatives of the victims to arrive and offer financial help.

As many as 438 people died and 113 were injured in several accidents on the Gurgaon stretch of NH-8 last year.

Various stakeholders, including officials of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), who assembled at the International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) in Manesar recently to prepare the blueprint of the plan, are going to meet again at the MoST office in Delhi on Tuesday in the presence of the transport secretary to give it final shape, said Gurgaon civil surgeon Dr Parveen Garg.

Apart from the health department, police officials of the all the states concerned too participated in the meeting.

The response time of the RRT is expected to be within 10 minutes and the victim must be admitted in trauma centres within 25 minutes of the accident.

The ministry plans to station ambulances and set up control rooms and communication towers on NH-8 for effective communication and also create a team of volunteers drawn from nearby localities.