Mrunal Manmay Dash

The Odisha government on Thursday approved establishment of 55 more Trauma Care Facilities (TCF) along the National Highways passing through the State.

These TCFs, in the category of level-3, will be established in the existing health facilities along the Highways.

As per reports, following the direction of the Supreme Court of India passed in 2017, 33 TCFs were notified by the State government in 2018. 

As per the operational guidelines on capacity building for developing trauma care facilities along National Highways issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, the preventable deaths because of road accidents are to be brought down to 10 per cent by developing a pan-India trauma care network in which no trauma victim has to be transported for more than 50 kilometres and a designated trauma centre will be made available at every 100 kms.

A Health department notification in this connection read, "After careful consideration and gap analysis, Government have been pleased to accord in-principle approval for establishing 55 Trauma Care Facilities (Level III) in the existing health facilities along the National Highways passing in the state."

"Steps will be taken to assess the gap in infrastructure, manpower, equipment and instrument and fulfil them to strengthen the new Trauma Care Facilities," the department said.

(Reported By Chandan Paikray, OTV)