Bhubaneswar, September 7 (LocalWire): With Odisha fast gaining notoriety as a major road-accident-fatality corridor in the country, the state government has decided to extend free emergency medical care facilities at the state-of-the-art private hospitals to help provide better medical care to accident victims.
The treatment of road accident victims at private hospitals will be free of cost with the government making Rs four crore financial provision under the Odisha Road Safety Fund to be given to the Health and Family Welfare Department, a senior department official informed.
Sources also said that the accident victims will be provided trauma care facilities of level-1 standard for 48 hours in private hospitals.
Initially, the facility will be provided in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.
The top-grade hospital like Apollo and AMRI having improvised trauma care facilities will be covered under the scheme.
The facility will be extended to other cities like Rourkela, Berhampur and Sambalpur and other places, in the second phase, sources stated.
Road Safety is a matter of concern throughout the world. Emergency medical care plays a crucial role in the reduction of fatalities.
To provide emergency care facilities in an efficient manner to the road accident victims is the urgent need of the hour, keeping in view the rising graph of road accident fatalities, observed officials iterating that first 48 hours are the Golden Hour that is crucial for survival of any road accident victim.
Under the provision of the programme, once the patient is shifted to the nearest private Trauma Care Centers, the hospital will start immediate appropriate treatment and intimate the Director, Medical Education and Training that will release formal permission for a go-ahead.
At the end of 48 hours from the time of admission, the private hospital shall submit the supporting documents for examination and reimbursement of the cost of treatment.
The DMET, after examination, shall release the settled claim amount to the concerned hospital within one week of the claim.
Sources said that the fund will be provided by the Commerce and Transport Department and shall be deposited in one account opened in the SBI for the purpose.
It may be noted here that the Committee on Road Safety constituted by the Supreme Court had earlier directed the state government to reduce the road accident fatalities by 10% every year.