New Delhi (NVI): The government has made it mandatory for all medical college hospitals to have full-fledged emergency departments by 2022 for improved trauma care, Vice president of India M. Venkaiah Naidu has informed.
Inaugurating the 10th Asian Conference of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) at Vigyan Bhavan here on Thursday, he pointed out that over 3,700 people die in accidents on world’s roads every day and tens of millions get injured or disabled every year. He said children, pedestrians, cyclists, and older people were among the most vulnerable of road users.
The aim of the ACEM is to develop programs and manuals to train citizens in emergency first aid procedures such as Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation as it will help in saving a life while waiting for emergency services.
Calling for steps to create a well-structured Emergency Medical Services, Venkaiah Naidu said that bystander training and protocols for trauma resuscitation were extremely important elements in improving the architecture of emergency medicine.
While pointing out that schemes such as Ayushman Bharat would greatly help the poor and needy in accessing quality healthcare and emergency medical services, the Vice President said “Irrespective of insurance coverage or a person’s capacity to pay, no hospital can deny the right to treatment in emergency cases.”
“Taking into consideration the topographical and other diversities between India and the Western countries, the Asian Society of Emergency Medicine should come up with tailor-made solutions to the emergency conditions peculiar to this region with particular focus on reaching the rural population,” he added.
Vice President also asked Medical colleges to incorporate courses relating to emergency medicine and train the undergraduates to deal with the whole gamut of emergencies.
Referring to the growing incidence of Non Communicable Diseases, especially among the youth, Vice President urged medical professionals to visit nearby schools and colleges to create awareness on preventive measures and to adopt healthy dietary and lifestyle habits.