US-based Kashmiri doctors to launch critical care ambulance service in Valley

Today's Latest

Special trains launched by Northern Railway this festival season

New Delhi, Oct 19 (ANI): Anticipating the extra rush of passengers during the festive season of Diwali and Chhath...

India will host 91st edition of Interpol General Assembly in 2022

New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) India will host the 91st General Assembly of Interpol in 2022 as part of the...

FATF keeps Pak in grey list, hands 4-month lifeline

Paris/Islamabad, Oct 18 (IANS) The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on Friday formally announced that Pakistan will remain on its...

Popular Today

Turkey’s Syria offensive brings ‘human suffering’: Merkel

Berlin, Oct 17 (IANS) German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Turkey to stop its military operation in Syria in her...

Modi assures youth, coming years full of possibilities

Pune, Oct 18 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday took a veiled dig at opposition parties for targeting...

3 lakh civilians displaced in Turkish assault in northern Syria

Damascus, Oct 18 (IANS) As many as 300,000 civilians have so far been displaced since Turkey launched its long-threatened military...
India Updates
India Updates is an independent news & Information website. Follow us for regular updates on News and Information.

US-based Kashmiri doctors to launch critical care ambulance service in Valley

Srinagar, July 18 (IANS) Alarmed by the number of road accident deaths in Jammu and Kashmir, a group of US based Kashmiri doctors is all set to provide fully equipped critical care ambulances.

- Advertisement -

“In the absence of emergency service in the ambulances, the US-based group of Kashmiri doctors have launched a programme to provide fully-equipped ambulances with paramedics and junior doctors on board,” the group of doctors said in a statement on Wednesday.

The gesture has been prompted by the number of road related deaths and injuries, showing an alarming rise in Jammu and Kashmir.

“In such cases, the absence of pre-hospital care often makes it difficult to provide timely treatment to the patients. As a result, several lives are lost almost on a daily basis.”

To save such lives, a group of Kashmiri doctors named “Kashmera” based in US in collaboration with the state government and few NGOs, have launched a programme to provide ambulances to ferry the injured to the two premier hospitals in Srinagar.

The doctors said these ambulances, aimed at reducing the pre-hospital mortality rate, will be equipped with pre-hospital emergency care.

A study conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in 2017 stated that Kashmir has highest number of deaths and disabilities caused by road accidents.

The study had examined cases from the year 1996 to 2016. In 2018, at least 908 people were killed in 5,529 road accidents across the state.

On an average, 15 road accidents occur every day. Most of the wounded die en route to the hospitals in ill-equipped ambulances, in case they are available, the study noted.

To ensure that the injured get the Emergency Medical Response Services (EMRS), that primarily comprise of pre-hospital emergency care, the US-based Kashmiri doctors are all set to start the emergency services, named ‘911 Project’.

“In a tie-up with Save Hearts Initiative along with local partner HELP Foundation, the doctors said that fully-equipped ambulances would be devo ted to transport patients to SMHS or SKIMS hospitals in the capital city in a timely manner with EMRS en route.

“This service is set to start by the end of July 2019. We are starti ng it as a pilot project in the Srinagar city. The ambulances will have para medics and junior doctors on-board to provide pre-hospital emergency care and transport the patients to the nearest available emergency room,” said Nahida Nazir, who chairs the healthcare committee of “Kashmer”.

Kashmer is a member-based organisation of Kashmiri origin physicians and allied healthcare personnel in North America.

“The vision is to provide a platform to these professionals to netwo rk, educate, mentor and mainly to give back to their native land, especially the healthcare sector,” Nahida added.

“As of now, there is no robust EMRS available in the Valley. Ambulances largely function as transportation vehicles without any necessary medical equipment or trained paramedical staff. In the absence of emergency care, pre-hospital mortality rates have gone up drastically.

“Our project aims to change the concept of ambulances in the Valley to life-saving emergency medical transportation. We are keen on having an evidence-based EMS, driven by technology and trained personnel with universal access,” Nahida said, adding that the pilot EMRS project will be initiated in Srinagar’s Old City to gain experience and gauge the popular response. These services will be extended to the entire Srinagar district in phases,” Nahida said.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Must Read

India will host 91st edition of Interpol General Assembly in 2022

New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) India will host the 91st General Assembly of Interpol in 2022 as part of the...

India will host 91st edition of Interpol General Assembly in 2022

New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) India will host the 91st General Assembly of Interpol in 2022 as part of the platinum jubilee celebration of its...

Vodafone Germany and EHang will build flying auto taxis

Berlin, Oct 18 (IANS) Vodafone Germany on Friday announced a deal with Chinese autonomous air taxis company EHang to collaborate on building an urban air...

Aviation Ministry reviews progress on Air India sale

New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) Moving fast on the proposed sale of Air India, the parent Civil Aviation Ministry on Friday reviewed the progress made...

Indian audience is now more open to diverse content: Ayushmann

Mumbai, Oct 18 (IANS) Actor Ayushmann Khurrana feels the Indian audience is now more open to diverse content, and says it is the era where...

More Articles Like This