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Trauma care centre on Mumbai-Pune expressway ready, but without medical staff

In last 15 years, the 93-kilometre Expressway between two cities has seen over 1,450 deaths and around 14,500 accidents since its inception.

Written by Sushant Kulkarni | Pune |
December 14, 2016 3:46:52 am

 

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THE BUILDING of the Trauma Care Centre on Pune-Mumbai Expressway at Ozarde, near Talegaon, is ready with two helipads, operation room, recovery rooms and other facilities for almost two years, but the centre is not functional because there are no doctors to treat or any agency to operate the centre.

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In last 15 years, the 93-kilometre Expressway between two cities has seen over 1,450 deaths and around 14,500 accidents since its inception. In a major accident in June this year, as many as 17 people were killed and 43 were injured when a bus collided with two cars and all the three vehicles fell into a ditch at Shivkar village, near Panvel.

Three years ago, after a series of serious accidents on the expressway, the state government announced that trauma care centres would be set up along the expressway to ensure accident victims get medical aid during the ‘golden hour’ after the accident.

Towards 2014 end, the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) had completed the construction of the building of the Trauma Care Centre. The building has two helipads, rooms for operation theatre, recovery and other facilities but there are no doctors, para-medical staff and administrative staff.

In August 2014, the MSRDC had written to the state health department to provide medical staff, administrative staff and also provide guidance in operating the centre. The health department is yet to act upon it.

Radheshyam Mopalwar, managing director of the MSRDC said, “We have written to the health department to either provide the staff and equipment or appoint a private entity that can operate the centre. We have also received three proposals from three private companies who have experience in running such centre, but it is the health department that would have to take the final call.”

Another top official from the MSRDC said, “There have been repeated communications to the health department over these two years, but other than holding meetings there has not been any movement in that direction.”

An inspector from the State Highway Police said, “World over, the highways like this have elaborate systems of casualty recovery and medical aid. It is really unfortunate that the government has not started the trauma care centre even after 15 years since the road has become functional. There was also a proposal for another trauma care centre closer to Mumbai, but that too is still on paper.”

Tanmay Pendse, who lost his brother and Marathi actor Akshay Pendse and nephew in an accident in December 2012 and has since then done an extensive study on expressway accidents, said, “When we speak of traffic safety, we have to stress on 4 Es — Education, Engineering, Enforcement and Emergency Care. And we cannot ignore any one of them at any cost. Many lives could have been saved had there been a facility to give primary medical aid and conduct surgeries in extreme cases.”

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