Government plans trauma care facilities in all major hospitals

K. S. Sabarinadan initiating disucssion on road safety on MondayThiruvananthapuram: Health Minister K. K. Shylaja said in the Assembly that the government proposed to implement an emergency medical scheme, focussing on establishment of trauma care units at the taluk level.

Intervening in the discussion on road safety initiated by K. S. Sabarinadan (Congress) as a matter of urgent public importance, the Minister said that the next meeting of the Road Safety Authority would consider the scheme.

Minister G. Sudhakaran, who replied to the discussion, said that licences of rash drivers should be cancelled. There should also be regular classes for drivers. Road safety should be made part of school syllabus.

The Minister said that there was no match between the rising number of vehicles and road development. Lack of civic sense complicated the situation. Roads were being encroached upon and all kinds of substances were being dumped on road sides.

He also called for strengthening of public transport. More money should be given to KSRTC.

Transport Minister A. K. Saseendran said that changes to Road Safety Act could be discussed. A major campaign was being planned to create awareness about road safety with involvement of schools.

Mr. Sabarinathan noted that the number of vehicles in the State had increased from 1300 in 1965 to one crore. Deficiencies in road design and carelessness of drivers were two major reasons for road accidents.  More than 39000 road accidents had taken place in the State this year.

He also urged that a Good Samaritan Law should be enacted to free people helping accident victims from legal wrangles.