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30 new trauma centres being set up across India: Nadda

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NEW DELHI: The plan is to set up 85 trauma care centres near highways.

India's Health Minister JP Nadda has said that 30 new trauma care facilities will be set up in the country, under the National Programme for Trauma Care scheme, at an outlay of Rs 554.41 crore .

Inaugurating a Global Transport Ministers Forum on Road Safety organised by the International Road Federation in New Delhi, Nadda said the proposal for this has been sent to the Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs for approval.

Speaking on the occasion, Nadda informed the participants that the “capacity building for developing Trauma Care Facilities in Government Hospitals on National Highways”, was approved for development of 85 new trauma care facilities.

Stating that road accidents are a major global and public health problem which need attention, the Minister added that all sectors including the health sector need to be fully engaged in activity and advocacy for preventing accidents.

On the need for a National Trauma Care Policy for road accident victims, the health minister stated that the possibility of new methods of quick relief through airlifting such as Air Ambulances and providing relief in remote areas and well equipped Mobile Clinics, should be explored.

Nadda added that it is essential to create enhanced capacity and infuse awareness of road safety related actions in public, road side facilities such as dhabas and amongst commercial truck drivers, who are most often the first on the accident sites and are first responders.

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