Ministry to acquire seismic resistant mobile hospital system

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New Delhi, Nov 23 (UNI) Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss today said his Ministry will acquire seismic resistant ''mobile hospital system'', which will augment the quick response mechanism in disaster preparedness.

''My Ministry will also acquire the capacities for managing nuclear, biological and chemical disasters,'' Dr Ramadoss said at an international conference organised by the Association of Medical Doctors of Asia (AMDA) and Gandhi Ashram Reconstruction Trust (GART).

Pointing out that the hospitals in the country are not retrofitted or seismic resistant and have witness collapse in disasters like Bhuj and Uri earthquakes, he said now a solution has been found in mobile hospital systems.

These hospitals with facilities for operation theatres, pathology labs, imaging units and other support functions, can be moved or airlifted to the disaster site at very short notice, would augment the quick response mechanism, he said.

Recalling the cyclone in Orissa, the Bhuj earthquake and Tsunami in 2004, he said gaps have been indentified in managing mass casualties and public health emergencies. However, the concept of pre-hospital care is only emerging now, he added.

As part of an effort to meet disaster preparedness, the Government would also strengthen the existing infrastructure like the National Highway Trauma Care Project, besides bringing in a legislation to deal with the problem of emerging and re-emerging diseases such as SARS, Avian Influenza, Chikungunya, Dengue, Nipha.

He further said six institutions like AIIMS would be set up, while strengthening 13 other existing medical institutions under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) programme.

A SHOC room (Strategic Health Operation Centre) will also be developed where facilities for video-conferencing, satellite phones would be created having linkages through the IDSP network to 600 hubs across the country to be set up in district headquarters, State headquarters and Medical colleges.

Dr Shigeru Suganami, president, Association of Medical Doctors of Asia (AMDA), was honoured with the prestigious Gandhi Award for service to humanity in recognition of his life-long service to mankind through medicine.

Dr Nirmala Deshpande, president, Gandhi Ashram Reconstruction Trust (GART) and other members from GART and AMDA were present at the function.

UNI

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