CAG flags absence of trauma centres in state

Shillong, Mar 22: The report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has observed that trauma care centres were not available in any of the test-checked district hospitals (DHs). 

The report for the year ended March 31, 2019 stated that in the absence of a functional trauma centre in the test-checked DHs, patients with serious injuries were referred to higher facilities located within and outside the State thus losing golden hour, to save the life of the victims.

According to the CAG, as per the National Crime Record Bureau, Ministry of Home Affairs, the rate of road/traffic accidental deaths of Meghalaya from 2013-18 was always higher than the national average.

With the objective of bringing down preventable deaths caused by road accidents to 10 percent by developing a pan-India trauma care network the centre sanctioned in 2016-17 Rs. 18.15 crore for setting three trauma centres at Shillong Civil Hospital (Rs. 9.25 crore) Nongpoh Civil Hospital (Rs. 4.45 crore) and Tura MCH (Rs. 4.45 crore).

“The idea is to ensure that a designated trauma centre is available at every 100 km and no trauma patient is transported beyond 50 km,” the CAG stated.

Audit observed that although construction of the trauma centre at Nongpoh Civil Hospital was completed, the centre has not been made functional till June 2020 for want of Medical officer.

The Report also observed that the construction of trauma centres at Shillong Civil Hospital and Tura MCH had not even commenced as on January 2020, despite funds being sanctioned.

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