CHENNAI: On account of World Trauma Day, Health Minister Ma Subramanian inaugurated several healthcare facilities at the Stanley Medical College and Hospital on Tuesday. He inaugurated speciality operation theatres, eye donation bank, cath lab, and cardiac intensive care unit at the hospital.
Talking about the World Trauma Day, he said that the theme for this year is 'help' and the day is observed to emphasise on prevention of death due to accidents and timely access of medical care to accident victims.
"At least 400 people die in accidents every day and 50 lakh people die in road accidents worldwide every year. In India alone, 3,54,796 people died in road accidents in 2020.
The death toll in road accidents in India has increased to 4,03,116 in 2021. To avoid accidents, follow road rules, wear helmets, seat belts and first aid in case of accidents is important," he said.
He said that providing medical care in the 'golden hour' is critical and the Innuyir Kappom Thittam-NK 48 scheme of the health department is focused on that.
As many as 228 government hospitals and 445 private hospitals are affiliated to this scheme. The government has spent Rs 107,79,45,470 on this scheme for 1,20,918 beneficiaries in hospitals across the State.
Through this scheme ,1,832 accident patients have benefited from December 2021 to 20th September, 2022 at Stanley Medical College and up to Rs 1.51 crore has been spent.
The hospital also organised a week-long awareness programme, involving fire fighters, police personnel and transport staff. Awareness will be created about life saving first aid to the people living in the nearby area and those in the fishing industry in Kasimedu.
The air-conditioned college auditorium and medical equipment for various departments of the hospital that were procured at a cost of Rs 2 crore, were inaugurated on Tuesday.