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Road emergency cases increased in state by 162 per cent in last 4 years


Most of the road accident emergency cases are related to traffic & drink driving. Pune has highest no. of cases

Mumbai : As per data provided by 108- Maharashtra Emergency Medical Services (MEMS 108), the number of road accident emergency cases has increased by 162 per cent in the past four years. Most of the cases were related to traffic and drink driving. Pune records the highest number of cases. However, experts claim that the number represents growing awareness among people about the service.

MEMS 108 has served 2,36,376 trauma emergencies since 2014 and has recorded an increase of 162 per cent in the number of road accident emergencies in the last 4 years. In 2014, 28,758 emergency road accident cases were recorded by the service that increased to 75,559 in 2017. The highest emergencies have been recorded in Pune followed by Solapur, Mumbai and Thane.

According to the official, most emergencies are recorded during 4 pm to 8 pm followed by 8 pm to 12 am; which accounts to 50 per cent of total cases in the state. The most likely causes for road accidents are the high density of traffic or drinking and driving.

Hanmantrao Gaikwad, Chairman and Managing Director, BVG India Limited who is responsible in handling the service said “The Ministry of Transport, NHAI and other related departments are undertaking many initiatives like building newer roads, widening highways, and barricading, illuminating roads with high efficiency LEDs to make travel safe for citizens.”

However, medical experts believe that the number of cases are on rise for an increase in awareness among people about the service. But apparently, the number is still far lesser in comparison to the number of road accidents recorded in the state.

“People still lack the knowledge of the real usage of 108 ambulances. These ambulances provide advanced treatment inside the vehicle that has trained medical experts. It is a mobile medical vehicle that helps saving a golden hour and decreasing mortality rate,” said Dr Rita Salve,

an expert on emergency services.