A Trauma and Emergency Care Initiative center has been opened at the Pudukottai Government Medical College Hospital to respond swiftly to accident and other emergency cases. The new center was inaugurated by Health Minister C. Vijaya Baskar on Saturday in the presence of Pudukottai District Collector S. Ganesh, hospital Dean Saradha and health department officials. Speaking on the occasion, Minister Vijaya Baskar said such trauma centers were being set up across the State to deal with emergency cases. The centers have been opened at 72 places across the State at a cost of ₹190 crore, he said adding that it was being established at new medical college hospitals as well.
The casualty rate due to accidents have reduced from 8.3 percent to 5.6 percent in the State since the opening of such centers, the Minister pointed out. Lives of 600 persons have been saved at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital at Chennai during the last three months alone due to the establishment of the center, he said. The centers have been equipped with advanced medical equipment and other facilities including MRI scan and CT scan. Necessary instructions have been given to Health, Revenue and Local Administration departments to prevent the spread of contagious diseases during the monsoon season. Government hospitals and Primary Health Centers were in a state of alert to tackle such situations, he added. – The Hindu