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India: Govt. Makes Treatment of Accident Victims Mandatory


New Delhi, May 7 (ANI): Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on May 07 Tuesday said that as ‘health’ is a state subject, it is primarily the responsibility of state governments to provide and ensure treatment of victims of accidents in the hospitals. In a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Azad said the Union Government has enacted the Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulation) Act, 2010, which makes provision for minimum standards of facilities, services and minimum requirement of personnel for registration and regulation of the Clinical establishments.
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India: PMO Favours Common SOS Helpline Number in 75 Cities


NEW DELHI: The Prime Minister's Office has asked the home ministry to extend the proposed common emergency number service to over 75 towns and cities in the country. The proposed helpline number, which will enable emergency service providers to pinpoint the location of the caller and provide quick assistance, will be common for the police, ambulance and fire services. It was initially planned for the national capital after a gangrape incident last December.  "All states are being communicated details of the proposed project," an official, who did not wish to be named, said, adding that the technology is expensive and
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India: Soon, a Single Emergency Number


New Delhi: New single emergency response system will have location-based services so that geographical location of caller up to an accuracy of 50-100 metres is traced. India is set to have a single response number for emergencies such as fire, ambulance and police calls, on the lines of the ‘911’ emergency number in the US and ‘112’ across most European Union countries. The new system would replace the current multiple emergency and communication response systems. The emergency response centre would have a number of operators in a call centre, with separate enclosures or rooms for police response, medical response, fi
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India: Better Medical Facilities for Amarnath Yatris This Year for Emergency Handling


The Shri Amarnath Shrine Board and the state government are working on a series of measures to reduce chances of any casualty of intending pilgrims this year.A 3-tier health care system will be in place, which includes emergency aid, medical help and the base hospital. The ambulance service has also been upgraded for quick action in case of emergencies. A high-level team of experts of the emergency services department in New Delhi visited Kashmir last week to take stock of the preparations of the 58-day long yatra scheduled to start from June 28. Around 50 doctors and paramedics underwent high-altitude training recently.Around 100 pilgrims l
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India: CAG Hauls up Tamil Nadu for Poor Disaster Management Systems


Chennai: If there is a natural calamity, say another tsunami, the state is just not equipped to handle it. A report of the Comptroller and Audit General of India, the premier auditing agency, which was tabled in the legislative assembly on May 15 Wednesday, said as much. "The emergency operation centres (EOCs) are not in a state of readiness. These EOCs, which are the nerve centres of early warning system, were non-functional and not in a state of operational readiness," said the CAG report. This was evident in the coastal districts of Cuddalore, Kanyakumari, Nagappatinam, Tuticorin and Tirunelveli, which were selected for the asses
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