Raiganj District Hospital will soon get a trauma centre as the state health department is expected to begin the construction work in January next year.
The move will immensely benefit the people in the area as it caters to the large number of accident victims from various parts of North Bengal. The trauma centre would be set up at the Out Patient Department (OPD) building of the hospital. A team from the health department has already visited the spot and examined various aspects.
A senior official in the district said that an initiative has been taken to prepare a detailed project report in this regard. The move was initiated as there were some problems in treating the accident victims who require special care. Accidents have been a regular phenomenon on the national highway 34 and on other roads.
Thousands of vehicles regularly ply on a stretch of 80 kilometre on national highway 34 and around 90 kilometre on national highway 31 within North Dinajpur. The number of accidents has gone up as the widening roads are underway at various stretches.
If an accident takes place in the district, the patients need to be taken to the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital or to Malda Medical College and Hospital and that takes a long time as a result of which there is always a possibility of the patients dying while being transported.
Patients do not get proper emergency services at the Raiganj District Hospital due to the lack of infrastructure. Considering these issues, the district administration and the state health department have started the work of constructing a new trauma centre in the hospital.
According to a health official in the district, there will be expert doctors and an operation theatre in the proposed trauma centre.