Indore: India is not disabled-friendly nation say Dr Prabhoo

Indore: “One person dies every minute due to road accident in our country and four get permanent disability. India stands second in world chart of maximum number of road accidents, thanks to lack of infrastructure and people’s apathy,” said Dr Ram Prabhoo, president of Indian Orthopaedic Association.

He was in city to inspect preparations for the 62nd national conference to be held in December. Talking to Free Press, Dr Prabhoo said, “We still do not have advance treatment facilities in all parts of the country, except in metro cities which is the biggest challenge for us. There is a policy to establish trauma centres on every 100 kilometre on National Highways but it is far away from the ground reality yet.”

Dr Prabhoo also expressed concern over lack of ramps in the building for person with permanent disability and said that government should make it a law that map of any new building will be passed only when it has plan of ramp as well.

“India is not disabled-friendly country as we don’t have any facility for disabled to use foot over bridges or even foot paths. IOA has been hammering on such demands continuously with the government and it’s their turn to act now,” he added.

The IOA president said that members of IOA have also been doing free surgeries every year. IOA has the rule of one free surgery per year by each member and we have been doing it from 2012 to play our part for the welfare of the patients.

Talking about status of researches, Dr Prabhoo said, “Various researches in orthopaedic surgery are running and our country has the expertise in providing advance treatment at low cost. Most of the researches are running to provide a cost effective treatment to the patients.”

Discussing the achievements, Dr Prabhoo said that even after all odds, lack of facilities and doctors, our country stands on fourth position following United States of America, China and Japan in terms of number of orthopaedic surgeons in the world.

And much to our proud that India has become the preferred guest nation, for the first time in sixty years, in USA where more than 400 doctors from our country will participate in lectures on various topics related to orthopaedic surgery, treatment and advancements,” said Dr Prabhoo.

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