Recently, the Bombay High Court made a welcoming move by ordering the railways to consider setting up medical centers on railway stations that are close to accident prone spots on the Western and Central railway routes.
This praiseworthy decision of the Bombay High Court was made after information accessed through the Right to Information act (RTI) was presented in court by a petitioner, Samir Zaveri. Mr. Zaveri, a double amputee, is an example of the horrible statistics which show that about 10 people lose their lives or get horribly injured each day on Bombay’s lifeline, the suburban railway network. For the same, he filed a Public Interest Litigation in 2008, highlighting the need for a medical emergency centre. His petition revealed that more than 3,500 persons lost their lives in suburban train accidents last year and most of them lost their lives due to lack of immediate care and first aid.
Taking notice of the HC’s order, the Central Railways has set up five 24X7 Emergency Medical Rooms (EMR’s) at Dadar, Kurla, Wadala, Mulund and Ghatkopar stations in association with a city based medical firm, Magicdil Health. The EMR’s will be providing timely medical assistance to rail accident victims as well as commoners at a token charge of Rupee 1. Along with this there’ll also be a Magicdil Pharmacy at every station which will provide 10% to 20% discount on all medicines and also a Magicdil Pathology clinic which will provide 10% to 40% discount on all tests. In addition to this there’ll be 3-4 MBBS doctors for patients or commoners to consult with and that too for only 1Re. In an interview with The India Today, Rahul Ghule of Magicdil said “We wanted to provide affordable Medical service to common people. We came to know about railway plan to start such scheme thus we offered them our plan and idea. Railways had helped us with the infrastructure to build these clinics. During railway accident victim needs immediate medical assistance thus we have all necessary equipment and lifesaving tools and medicines including ECG machines, Ambu bags, Pulse-Oxymeter, Oxygen cylinders.”
ALVEENA AHMED | TOC
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