Bhubaneswar, 28 (LocalWire) As part of the ‘golden hour’ free treatment initiative for road accident victims, Odisha government has roped in the services of leading private healthcare institutes to reduce the rate of fatalities.
The health and family welfare department in a notification issued on Monday announced that free treatment for the trauma patients will be provided in Bhubaneswar-based Apollo Hospital and AMRI Hospital and Ashwini Hospital in Cuttack.
The government will bear the cost of treatment from the Free Treatment for Trauma Fund (FTTF).
The State health department has constituted a three-member cell to guide the patients and their relatives, the notification said.
The golden hour is referred to as first hour after the road accident trauma.
If healthcare facility is extended at this crucial and critical juncture, there is greater chance of survival of the road accident victims and reducing the severity of the injury.
It may be recalled here that the State government had earlier announced to reduce the fatalities by extending free emergency medical care facilities at the state-of-the-art private hospitals.
The treatment of road accident victims at private hospitals will be free with the government providing Rs. four crore financial provisions to Odisha Road Safety Fund of the Health & Family Welfare Department.
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.
However, fatalities instead are on the rise. During 2017, the rate of increase was 7.33% while it climbed up to 11% in 2018. This year till August end, the fatality ratio has jumped up to nearly 12%. The increasing trend was adversely viewed by the apex court appointed committee.
Besides drunken driving, over-speeding, use of mobile phone while driving, unregulated vehicular traffic, violation of road safety norms and unauthorised roadside parking have all contributed to the rise in the number of road-accident deaths.