The Kerala state government has sanctioned Rs 11.27 crore for setting up a trauma care unit at the Medical College Hospital here. The amount was sanctioned as part of setting up such units at all government-run medical colleges in the state. Minister for health K K Shailaja said Rs 7.5 crore has been released with immediate effect for setting up the basic infrastructure facilities and for purchasing new equipment. She said all facilities for the trauma care unit will be ready before March 31, 2019. Additionally, the state government is also considering a proposal to set up a simulation center to provide training on trauma care at the medical college hospital here. An investment of Rs 10 crore will required for this purpose, Shailaja said. The government decided to set up trauma centers in medical colleges since an estimated 4000 people were killed annually in road accidents. An emergency medicine unit and three level trauma care system are being planned in all the government medical college hospitals, she added.
The government has also decided to foot the bill for the first 48-hour treatment for the trauma victims. No accident victims will be turned back from these units. The UK-based Warwick university has agreed to support the units. Tata foundation will provide technical support. An expert team from All India Institute of Medical Sciences had visited the medical college hospital here and they are supporting the setting up of the trauma care center, the minister said. In another major step, the state cabinet on Wednesday decided to create 106 new posts for the new multispecialty block, inaugurated today. The new posts include those of 41 doctors and 65 non-teaching staff. The posts of doctors have been created in emergency medicine wing but will be posted at the multispecialty block. The emergency wing of the MCH, on an average, receives 500 patients a day. Authorities are expecting more patients after the commissioning of the new block with more departments, which necessitated the creation of new posts, minister Shailaja said. – TOI