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Road Mishap Victims To Get Free Treatment At Private Hospitals In Odisha


07 September 2019

Debashish Maharana


Bhubaneswar: The first 48 hours after an accident are more crucial for a victim as lack of treatment can lead to death. While free treatment for all is being provided at government hospitals, Odisha Government has decided to provide the same for road mishap victims at private hospitals.

As per the decision the treatment cost at private hospitals will be borne by the State Government and the amount will be provided from road safety fund.

Initially the scheme will be implemented in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar following which all private hospitals in major towns including Berhampur, Rourkela and Sambalpur will be included in the scheme.

The free treatment will also be provided in major private hospitals in Bhubaneswar such as AMRI, Apollo and Ashwini.

In first phase, Rs 4 crore from road safety fund will be provided to Health & Family Welfare department, which has prepared some guidelines for implementation of the scheme.

1. On arrival of an accident victim, the private hospital should start his/her treatment immediately and inform about him to Directorate of Medical Education & Training (DMET).

2. The DMET will send a formal order to the concerned hospital to carry on the treatment of the accident victim.

3. After 48 hours, authorities of the concerned hospital will have to fill up a form and submit it to the DMET.

4. The fund provided by the Transport Department will be kept at SBI under "Free Treatment for Trauma Fund".

5. A Nodal Officer and Program Assistant will be appointed by the State Government of this purpose. One can contact them on 9439991170 and 9437232987 respectively and their mail Id is fttdmet@gmail.com.

G. Srinivas, Secretary, Commerce & Transport Department, Odisha

Pramod Kumar Meherda, Secretary, Health Department, Odisha