To reduce fatalities in road accidents on state and national highways, the Maharashtra government, which recently announced 42 new trauma care units along key highways, has now decided to give priority to setting up these units on the accident prone Mumbai-Pune expressway and Mumbai-Goa highway.
These two roads will be covered in the first phase, during which units will be built at Maval and Panvel on the Mumbai-Pune expressway; and Raigad, Vadkhal Naka, Rajapur, Kankawali, Tarala and Sawantwadi on the Mumbai-Goa highway.
The plan aims to provide timely treatment to accident victims during the crucial golden hour.
The move comes after an increase in the number of accidents and fatalities on the highways. On March 19, in one of the worst accidents in the state, at least 37 persons and several injured after a private luxury bus fell off a bridge on the Mumbai-Goa highway and plunged into a river in Ratnagiri district.
“Of the 68 trauma centres planned in the last five years, 47 are already functional. The rest will be completed in a couple of years, and 42 more have been added to the master plan released recently,” said an officer from the public health department.
He said that each unit will be built at the cost of nearly Rs5 crore. With this, the number of such centres planned in the state is now 116.
“Medical care provided during the Golden Hour – the first hour of the accident – is the most vital and can save many lives. These units will be well-equipped with ventilators and other such facilities,” he said.