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India: Lessons learnt, Time to Act: Our Disaster Preparedness is Woefully Inadequate


It is unfortunate that Uttarakhand had to face landslides and flash floods yet again this week, hampering relief operations. Experts estimate that it will take between 3 to 10 years for the State to get back to “business as usual”. In many cases, when business leaves it may never return. The NDMA provides an online inventory of resources such as life-saving boats, critical medical supplies and other resources needed for disaster response in all the districts across the country. Even if we assume the data to be accurate, the meagre resources available are inadequate to handle even a minor calamity. Rudraprayag had 12 life-jackets.
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India: Trauma Centre at SSL to Become Functional by September


Varanasi: Banaras Hindu University (BHU) administration had decided to start the trauma centre of Sir SundarLal (SSL) Hospital phase-wise in September. Institute of Medical Sciences (IMS-BHU) director RG Singh said: "We will be starting the trauma centre in phases as soon as the work gets completed by the second or third week of September." In order to save the life of critical patients and reduce the delay in admitting them, the upcoming trauma centre will have a room near the entrance of the building where the patient's condition and the degree of seriousness would be decided.
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India: Training Begins for Quick Mobile Response


Patna: Bihar government and the JPNAIIMS will form Quick Mobile Response Teams (QMRTs) at all the primary health centres of the state. A 2-day training will be imparted to 5 representatives of each district by the surgery department of JPNAIIMS. "The QMRT will consist of a doctor, a nurse, a paramedical staff and a police officer above the rank of ASI. They will be taught how to react in emergency situations like road or train accidents, burns, flood and earthquakes and other calamities," said Dr Vijay Sheel Gautam, HOD, surgery, JPNAIIMS, Patna. The teams will be provided emergency drugs and inst
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India: Ambulance Employees Resume Stir


Bangalore: Employees of Arogya Kavacha, the ‘108’ emergency ambulance services, have again absented themselves from work and this time for receiving less salary. The employees, who received their payment on August 12 Monday, have received Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,000 less than their expected salary.  When asked, the GVK EMRI (Emergency Management Research Institute) told the employees that their salaries were deducted for the days they had boycotted work during the strike. The employees were on strike from July 26 to August 9.  R Sridhar, president of the ArogyaKavacha employees’ association, said that their working days
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India: With India Topping Road Mishap Charts, a Blessing for Victims


Thiruvananthapuram: In what might be a blessing for road mishap victims, HLL Lifecare Limited has launched a new limb immobilisation device that will temporarily immobilise injured limbs in pre-hospital care. The product, called HiCARE LIMO, was launched in the presence of  K Vijay Raghavan, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Union Ministry of Science and Technology; R K Shevgaonkar, Director, IIT-Delhi and M Ayyappan, C&MD, HLL Lifecare Limited at a function held in New Delhi.  The simple, disposable and cost-effective device effectively immobilises the lower limbs of the patients for up to 6 hours till definitive c
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