Kalyan station gets Trauma centre to treat accident victims
Kalyan railway station, which sees 6 lakh passengers every day, did not have treatment facility for accident victims all these years. The station, which saw 467 accidents last year, got its first trauma centre on Wednesday.
Now, accidents victims will at least be treated in the golden hour. The trauma centre on the station premises has a paramedic and five staffers from a private hospital in Dombivli. It has facilities to treat accident cases, OPD, pathology and pharmacy.
Kalyan railway station has recorded the track deaths and injuries on the Central Railway. Till 2012, Kurla railway station had the highest with 889 cases.
However, since 2013 Kalyan railway station has been recording the highest cases.
“Commuters, especially with heart ailments, who fall sick during their journey in trains can get treated at the centre,” said Shrikant Shinde, member of Parliament from Kalyan, who inaugurated the centre.
Till now, accident victims were taken to Kalyan civic hospital, which is around a kilometre from the railway station. “Many accidents victims do not get medical help on time. The medical centre will save lives,” said an official from Kalyan railway station, who did not wish to be named.
Passengers’ association members had been demanding for medical aid and ambulance facilities at the railway station for a long time.
“Medical facility is a must at every railway station. We will approach the railway authorities demanding facilities at stations such as Dombivli, Thakurli, Vitthalwadi and Ambernath,” said Nandkumar Deshmukh, president of Upanagariya Railway Pravasi Mahasangh.
A state-of-the-art ambulance will be parked at the trauma centre at Kalyan railway station.