The government has sanctioned 10 crore to set up a state-of-the-art trauma care training center in Thiruvananthapuram. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) for setting up the simulation center was signed between the state government and Tata Trust, wherein Tata Trust will provide the expertise for setting up the training center. The center will be run by the Tata Trust for the first three years and then it will be handed over to the health department team. The center will provide training on trauma care to those in the healthcare, from ambulance drivers to doctors. The center is being set up as part of the comprehensive trauma care programme being launched in all medical college hospitals in the state. The program is being planned in the state with the support of University of Warwick, UK and All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.

As per the proposal, three levels of trauma care system will be implemented in the state, apart from the emergency department in all medical college hospitals and the simulation center. All medical college hospitals will come under level one trauma care management with state-of-the-art facilities for treating emergency cases. In the second level, district and general hospitals will offer specialized services for emergency care. Taluk and community health centers will come under level three and will be connected to the hospitals situated along the highways. The Medical College Hospital in Thiruvananthapuram will be converted into an apex trauma and emergency care center. The new block for the emergency wing has been nearing completion. – TOI

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