Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu today called for stepping up investments to provide timely and high-quality Emergency Health Services in India. Inaugurating the 10th Asian Conference of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi, he said, “I am glad to know that the theme of this conference is ‘Affordable care, bridging the gaps and creating the Impact.’ Indeed, providing affordable and quality healthcare is the need of the hour given the rising treatment costs and the huge out-of-pocket expenditure, borne by the patients.”
The Vice President pointed out that over 3,700 die in accidents on the world’s roads every day and tens of millions get injured or disabled every year. He said that children, pedestrians, cyclists, and older people were among the most vulnerable of road users. Many of the road accident deaths could be prevented by providing immediate pre-hospital care.
Calling for steps to create a well-structured Emergency Medical Services, he said that bystander training and protocols for trauma resuscitation were extremely important elements in improving the architecture of emergency medicine. He also urged all stakeholders in the health sector 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 lives while waiting for emergency services.
While pointing out that schemes such as Ayushman Bharat would greatly help the poor and needy in accessing quality healthcare and emergency medical services, the Vice President said, “Irrespective of insurance coverage or a person’s capacity to pay, no hospital can deny the right to treatment in emergency cases.”
The Vice President stressed the need to develop standardized treatment manuals for all hospitals dealing with emergency and trauma cases in India. Praising the Government, he said, “I am glad that the Government of India has made it mandatory for all medical college hospitals to have full-fledged Emergency Departments by 2022 with an aim to improve trauma care. In a vast country like India, there is an urgent need to create a large pool of medical professionals with expertise in emergency medicine to treat acute illnesses and injuries for all age groups.”
The Vice President suggested, “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 called on medical colleges to incorporate courses relating to emergency medicine and train undergraduates to deal with the whole gamut of emergencies such as accidents, heart attacks, natural calamities, and others.
Referring to the growing incidence of non-communicable diseases (NCD), especially among the youth, the Vice President encouraged medical professionals to visit nearby schools and colleges to create awareness on preventive measures and to adopt healthy dietary and lifestyle habits.
President of Asian Society for Emergency Medicine – India, Prof. Yildirey Cete; Executive Chairman of ACEM, Dr K. Hariprasad; and President of Asian Society for Emergency Medicine, Dr Sateesh Kailasam were among the dignitaries present at the inaugural of the Conference which will see the participation of over 2000 delegates from different countries in the coming four days.
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