Patients dying due to lack of trauma care: DAK

SRINAGAR: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) today said that patients were dying due to lack of trauma care services in peripheries.

“Government has failed to establish trauma facilities in peripheries which is responsible for death of injured persons,” President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan said in a press statement. “Trauma is a modern day epidemic which needs urgent response and time makes the difference between life and death of an injured person.”

 Majority of patients with life threatening but salvageable injuries in peripheries, he said, die because they are unable to reach tertiary care hospitals on time which is vital for survival of trauma patients.

Trauma centers were to be constructed at Leh, Kargil, Gund, Qazigund, Lower Munda, Bijbehara, Lawaypora, Rafiabad and Anantnag but are yet to come up and preventable deaths go unabated.

The government had started construction of trauma hospital at Pattan, Baramulla in 2005 but a decade after it is yet to be completed.

Even in Institute of Traumatology and allied Superspecialities hospital of government medical college trauma care has been put on backburner.

This institute was created for comprehensive level 1 trauma care and training doctors and paramedics in trauma care.

Some doctors were trained in traumatology outside state but instead of utilizing their services for the institute, they have been given administrative positions.

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