New Delhi, November 14: For preventing accidents, health sector need to be fully engaged in responsibility, activity, and advocacy said the Health and Family Minister JP Nadda at the Transport Ministers Forum on Road Safety organized by International Road Federation (IRF) on Monday. To bring the significant and rapid decline in road injuries, the political commitment along with a will to achieve is important. At all levels, planning is required it also needs capacity creation, the involvement of all sectors and good data.
Talking about having a National Trauma Care Policy for road accident victims, Nadda said that the possibility of novel methods of quick relief should be explored through airlifting such as Air Ambulances and providing relief in remote areas, well equipped Mobile Clinics etc., He further added that it is important to create an enhanced capacity and infuse the knowledge of road safety related actions in public bystanders, roadside facilities such as dhabas and amongst commercial truck drivers, who are most often the first on the accident sites and are first responders.
Transport Ministers from eight countries along with Yudhvir Singh Malik, Secretary (RT and H), Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Jean Todt, UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety and Kiran K. Kapila, Chairman, IRF, Geneva, were also present at the occasion. And there were senior officers of the Ministry, delegates from other countries and representatives of development partners.
The scheme is proposed to continue as National Programme for Trauma Care under the umbrella scheme National Programme for Prevention and Management of Trauma & Burn Injuries for establishing 30 new trauma care facilities, Nadda added. The Health Minister further said that the proposal for continuation of the scheme with an outlay of Rs. 554.41 crore has been approved by EFC and is placed before the CCEA for approval.