A trauma centre will be set up at a health institute in Greater Noida to provide immediate medical care to accident victims who have to be referred to Delhi in the absence of such facilities in the district, Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh has said.
Scores of accidents take place everyday in Gautam Budh Nagar. Accidents taking place along the Noida-Greater Noida expressway and the Yamuna expressway are of serious nature in which lives are lost for want of immediate treatment available in the vicinity.
In accident cases, the first hour – referred to golden hour – is crucial as prompt medical treatment during that time can prevent many deaths.
The minister said the matter is on the anvil. “I am aware that trauma and head injury patients in the district are referred to Delhi in case of accidents. Last week, I spoke to the chief minister about the matter,” he said.
Singh said there is one health institute in Greater Noida where a trauma centre can be set up. “The health institute will be hand-held with the All India Institute of Medical Sciences,” he said.
The Government Institute of Medical Sciences in Greater Noida is a 500-bed hospital. An emergency wing with 30 beds has been made operational in the institute and faculty is being appointed in various disciplines. However, it is yet to be fully operational.
The biggest advantage of opening a trauma centre at the institute is that it will be close to the expressway.
As there is no CT scan, MRI and other specialized equipment and staff to deal with serious accident cases in the district, the minister said that all such facilities will be available at the proposed trauma centre.
People have welcomed the government proposal to set up a trauma centre in Gautam Budh Nagar. “Accidents take place frequently in Noida, particularly on the Noida-Greater Noida expressway and the Yamuna expressway that runs through the district. Serious accident victims are referred to Delhi in the absence of proper facilities to attend to trauma cases. Sometimes, precious time is lost in transporting a patient to Delhi, resulting in death. If medical help is available close by, lives can be saved,” said Virender Singh, a resident of Sector 12.