Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu today called for stepping up investments to provide timely and high-quality Emergency Health Services in India.
He also wanted medical professionals, the government to develop programs and manuals to train citizens in emergency first aid procedures such as Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for people as they would help in saving a life while waiting for emergency services.
Addressing the 10th Asian Conference of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi, the Vice President said that providing quality healthcare to the rural population must become a vital component of national development.
He also observed that there was an urgent need to attach high priority to emergency medicine and services in India.
Pointing out that over 3,700 die in accidents on world’s roads every day and tens of millions get injured or disabled every year and children, pedestrians, cyclists, and older people were among the most vulnerable of road users, the Vice President said that many of such accident deaths could be prevented by providing immediate pre-hospital care and with adequate knowledge of handling emergencies, especially by the staff manning ambulances.
Saying that providing affordable and quality healthcare was the need of the hour given the rising treatment costs and the huge out-of-pocket expenditure, borne by the patients, most of the time, the Vice President said that schemes such as Ayushman Bharat would greatly help the poor and needy in accessing quality healthcare and emergency medical services.
“Irrespective of insurance coverage or a person’s capacity to pay, no hospital can deny the right to treatment in emergency cases,” he said.
Vice President Naidu called for steps to create a well-structured Emergency Medical services to save lives during medical emergencies and said that bystander training and protocols for trauma resuscitation were extremely important elements in improving the architecture of emergency medicine.
The Vice President suggested Emergency Medicine experts collaborate with the government and develop standardized treatment manuals for all hospitals dealing with emergency and trauma cases in India.
“Taking into consideration the topographical and other diversities between India and the Western countries, the Asian Society of Emergency Medicine should come up with tailor-made solutions to the emergency conditions peculiar to this region with particular focus on reaching the rural population,” he said.
Vice President Naidu asked Medical colleges to incorporate courses relating to emergency medicine, modules and simulation training in Emergency medicine for undergraduates and train them to deal with the whole gamut of emergencies such as accidents, heart attacks, natural calamities, and others.
Apart from upgrading the infrastructure in all major hospitals to meet the requirements of this emerging specialty, the Vice President said that there was also a need to include Emergency medicine and trauma care in the curriculum of Undergraduate courses.