In a bid to improve emergency health services in Khanna, the health department is planning to open a trauma centre at the Khanna civil hospital. The trauma centre will be equipped to provide treatment to victims of physical trauma.
Though built over one and a half years ago, the centre had not been inaugurated in the absence of adequate medical staff and equipment. But now, the health department has appointed almost all staff, including doctors and paramedical staff, while equipment is being installed.
A number of accidents occur on National Highway-1 in Khanna and in its periphery. However, instead of getting treatment at Khanna civil hospital, most of the trauma victims were referred to other hospitals, in absence of facilities and required infrastructure.
Now, with the inauguration of this trauma centre, several lives could be saved with the availability of timely treatment.According to data collected from civil surgeon's office, more than 400 accidents took place in the past four months on National Highway-1 near Khanna.
A number of victims of these mishaps were referred to various hospitals in Patiala, Ludhiana and Chandigarh.Assistant civil surgeon Dr KS Saini said a new high-tech ambulance had also been sent to the Khanna hospital.
“Equipped with a ventilator, ECG machine and other facilities, which are necessary in emergency cases, a doctor would also be present in the ambulance. This would help save precious lives while victims are being transported to the trauma centre,” he added.
Dr Saini expressed hope that the trauma centre would be opened within July, but the official date of opening was yet to be announced by the authorities. He said a team of 12 doctors, including experts, had been appointed for the trauma centre.Senior medical officer Dr NK Singla at Khanna civil hospital, said almost all work was complete, as equipment and machines were being installed.He expressed hope that the centre would be functional soon.
An employee of 108 Ambulance, requesting anonymity, said a number of injured victims died on the way to other hospitals when they were referred from Khanna hospital. He said the trauma centre would provide a sigh of relief to several patients.
Harsh Kumar Bhalla, a teacher and resident of Khanna, said, “Once the centre is functional, it will definitely be beneficial for residents as well as commuters. A lot of emergency cases are referred to Patiala or Ludhiana. The government should open the centre at the earliest.”