'Sophisticated amenities should be accessible to poor'

Governor inaugurates Trauma and Emergency Centre in Manipal

Speaking after inaugurating the Trauma and Emergency Centre of Kasturba Hospital here on Wednesday, he said that we need to put more effort into medicine, health care and education sectors. The poor should have proper access to health care. Underprivileged and poor should not be left out from the sophisticated amenities that are being ensured to the rich.

Rural India has insufficient services for trauma care due to varied topography, financial constraints and lack of proper appropriate health infrastructure. Studies have shown that we need to emphasise on organisation of pre-hospital care facilities, hospital networking, communication systems and organisation in hospital heath care. This would require integrated approach involving human resources and physical resources. Training of man power in acute area and pre-hospital services should be a priority, he added.

He said proper administration of trauma services along with legislative back up will go a long way in strengthening India’s essential trauma care services. As per WHO estimates, the future appears both daunting and challenging. It is estimated that in the developing countries fatalities and disabilities will be high in the next 10 years and India is expected to have a big share in this, with an estimated economic loss of around 2 per cent of GDP by 2020, he said.

Stating that immediate management or medical support in the golden hour administered by trained personnel following well established protocols like TRIAGE is the need of the hour in India, Bhardwaj said that the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is planning to establish a network of Trauma Care centres along Golden Quadrilateral, North-South and East-West corridors of the National Highways in the 11th Five Year Plan at a total cost of Rs 732.75 cores.

The society should recognise the health care needs of the common man. Insurance facilities in the medicine sector ensuring a poor man with sophisticated health care facilities is a massive programme that is waiting to be announced, he added.

Manipal University Chancellor Dr Ramdass Pai, Home Minister Dr V S Acharya, Pro Chancellor Dr H S Ballal, Vice Chancellor Dr R P Warrier, Kasturba Hospital Dean Dr Sripathy Rao  were present.

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