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Soon, mobile hospitals on expressway in Maharashtra

With the growing number of accidents on highways and frequent instances of victims not getting medical aid within the critical first hour, the Maharashtra government has decided to introduce mobile hospitals on highways.

mumbai Updated: Jan 23, 2015 17:08 IST
Sayli Udas Mankikar

With the growing number of accidents on highways and frequent instances of victims not getting medical aid within the critical first hour, the Maharashtra government has decided to introduce mobile hospitals on highways.

The first batch of the hospitals – large ambulances with inbuilt operation theatres – will be introduced on the Pune-Mumbai expressway on a pilot basis.

“We are planning to bring in these ambulances, which will be equipped with all modern equipment and a mini-operation theatre, to attend to people injured in accidents. If successful, we will implement this scheme everywhere,” said Eknath Shinde, public works development (PWD) minister, who took the decision after a presentation by the department early this week.

A central government report of 2013 on highway accidents showed Maharashtra accounted for 13.8% of road accidents in India, one of the highest in the country. Every year, about 13,000 people die and more than 45,000 get injured in road accidents in the state, it said.

As part of the pilot project, two to three ambulances, connected by the global positioning system (GPS), will be operational on the 93-kilometre Pune-Mumbai expressway.

As soon as the police are alerted about an accident, the nearest team of doctors and anaesthetists on the ambulance will rush to the spot and tend to the injured.

Depending on the nature of the injury, the victims will then be taken to hospitals.

“We are planning to talk to the public health and medical education department and rope in surgeons and post-graduate students from state hospitals to work on these ambulances in shifts,” said an official from the PWD department. This will be in addition to the ambulance services presently available on the highways.