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Pune records highest road accident emergencies across state

Across the state too, traumatic emergencies due to road accidents served by MEMS has continued to rise in the last four years.

pune Updated: Jan 15, 2018 15:13 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Government of Maharashtra has implemented the Maharashtra Emergency Medical Services (MEMS) which is ' Dial Toll Free 108 services' in the state since 2014.(HT File Photo)

Growing road accidents continue to be a major concern for Pune with Maharashtra Emergency Medical Services (MEMS) reporting that the highest emergencies due to road accidents have been recorded in Pune followed by Solapur, Mumbai and Thane since 2014.

Department of public health and family welfare, government of Maharashtra has implemented the Maharashtra Emergency Medical Services (MEMS) which is ' Dial Toll Free 108 services' in the state since 2014.According to the data available with MEMS, in 2015 there were 3,250 emergencies due to road accidents in Pune district which increased to 4,509 in 2016 and 4,969 in 2017.

Across the state too, traumatic emergencies due to road accidents served by MEMS has continued to rise in the last four years.

MEMS is managed and operated by BVG India Limited with a fleet of 937 ambulance across Maharashtra. MEMS 108 has served 2,36,376 trauma emergencies since 2014 and has recorded an increase of 162 per cent in the number of road accident emergencies in the last four years.

Officials from MEMS said, "Most emergencies are recorded during 4 pm to 8 pm followed by 8 pm to 12 am, which accounts for 50 per cent of the total cases in state. The most likely causes for road accidents are high density of traffic or drinking and driving."They added that road accidents cause fatalities and some of victims suffer from mental trauma, loss of memory, loss of hand or legs.

"This calls for increase in the importance and necessity of road safety measures. The MEMS 108 emergency service caters to at least one case of mass casualty per day involving vehicles; most of them being on the highways. The highest emergencies have been recorded in Pune followed by Solapur, Mumbai and Thane," said the officials.

Hanmantrao Gaikwad, chairman and managing director, BVG India Limited, said, “With an increase in the number of young drivers and newer cars on the roads, road safety has emerged as one of the major concerns in the state. The ministry of transport, NHAI and other related departments are undertaking many initiatives like building newer roads, widening highways and barricading, illuminating roads with high efficiency LEDs, to make travel safe for citizens. Accidents and deaths can be avoided if pedestrians and drivers inculcate road safety measures. BVG India Limited operates emergency medical ambulances service in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Delhi with a fleet of over 1,700 ambulances."

First Published: Jan 15, 2018 15:12 IST