The purpose of this paper is to present observations on the National Human Rights Commission report on the emergency medical services (EMS) with special reference to Uttaranchal, India.
The paper presents observations of road accidents in Uttaranchal between 2002 and 2003.
Some of the major causes of medical emergencies are road accidents, fall, burns, poisoning, drowning, suicides and attempted suicides and violence of various types. Along with this, natural disasters are a major medical emergency care. According to an estimate there is one accident in every two minutes in India. For every trauma related death, there are many injured and disabled persons. The male age group of 15‐40 years is the most affected by trauma. The cost of trauma is terms of direct costs and loss in terms of productive life is astronomical. The sudden increase in the length, breadth and kinds of roads and an exponential growth in the number and quality of transports and commuters is going to need an extremely well co‐ordinated response system. This by the very complexity of the task involved will have to be a multidisciplinary agency under a unified command. As Uttaranchal enters the fifth year of its existence the various components which would tend to aggravate the existing situation are only too apparent. Connectivity of habitats through road construction, already a top priority activity, is going to be intensified further. Exponential growth in several services sector, all leading to tremendous pressure on the existing roads and infrastructure, resulting in accidents.
The paper presents a road map for the establishment of EMS.
Pande, R.K. (2006), "Observation on National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), India report on emergency medical services (EMS) with special reference to road accidents in Uttaranchal (India)", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 15 No. 2, pp. 241-246. https://doi.org/10.1108/09653560610659784Download as .RIS
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