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Pressure on for railways to be able to provide emergency medical treatment

Friday, January 26, 2018
By Shaiber Raichur

In all the three routes, Western, Central and Harbour emergency medical treatment is the need of the hour.

In an RTI reply received by railway activist Samir Zaveri, the number of people who were injured and dead in the railway accidents was revealed. Last year from January to December, on the Western Railway, the number of people injured was 1,540 and the number of people who died in trailway accidents was 1,086.

On Central Railway, the number of people injured was 1,435 and the number of people who died in railway accidents was 1,534.

On the Harbour Railway, the number of people injured was 370 and the number of people who died in  railway accidents was 394.

In year 2009 regarding emergency medical treatment railway activist Samir Zaveri had filed a contempt petition against general manager of the Western Railway at the Bombay High Court.

After going through the entireevidence court issued show cause notice to general manager of the Western Railway in January 2012.

Thereafter, Western Railway started to provide emergency medical treatment to all injured in nearby private hospitals. In another RTI reply received by the Railway activist Samir Zaveri from the Western Railway, it revealed that as per the record the total amount spent on medical treatment for injured at private hospitals from  Mira Road to Dahanu Road stations of Mumbai Suburban stations on Western line from 2014 to December 2017 was Rs. 2,64,87,477.

The record also shows that total, 822  injured patients were provided emergency medical treatment in private hospitals at railway costs from Mira Road to Dahanu Road railway section on western line fromr 2014 to December 2017.

Every day, there are accidents taking place in the railways and hence for the injured people,  emergency medical treatment is absolutely necessary. Now that medical treatment is available at the Western Railway but at  all the Railwayss this should be available for the people's safety.

Speaking with The Afternoon D&C, railway activist Samir Zaveri went on to add, “There are many passenger associations in Kalyan, Kasara, Karjat. I hope someone will start asking and demanding that the railway authorities o provide emergency medical treatment in nearby well equipped private hospitals at railway cost on Kalyan, Karjat & Kasara section. Hospitals are not well equipped thus the majority of seriously injured have been referred to take the person to far away hospitals. If the injured person is taken to the nearest hospital which is well equipped on time then in many cases lives could be saved.”

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