40 of 150 ‘Trauma Care Centres’ in Maharashtra closed : RTI of ‘Surajya Abhiyan’ reveals

‘Trauma Care Centres (TCC)’ set up to reduce road accident deaths are in neglected condition

Mumbai – 150 TCCs have been set up on the National and State Highways in Maharashtra to help patients in road accidents get prompt medical treatment, thus reducing the number of deaths in road accidents. Out of these, 40 TCCs are closed down as per the information obtained through RTI by Mr Abhishek Murkute, the Coordinator of ‘Surajya Abhiyan’  of the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS). The information has exposed the pathetic condition of TCCs in the State.

One TCC is closed in each of the Districts, viz. Kolhapur, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Latur, Raigad, Nandurbar, Beed, Hingoli and Chhatrapati Samhajinagar. In the Districts, viz. Amravati, Buldhana, Gadchiroli, Dharashiv, Ahilyanagar and Dhule, two TCCs each are closed while in Palghar, Pune, Solapur and Sangli Districts, three TCCs each are closed. In Nashik District, 5 TCCs are closed.

Necessity of TCCs

In 2022, there were 24,576 road accidents registered in Maharashtra, wherein 11,372 people died. In 2023, there were 25,139 road accidents as per the records killing 9,877 people. Considering this data, it is observed that the accidents and deaths caused by the accidents have increased. It shows the need for TCCs in Maharashtra.

What is a Trauma Care Centre ?

Road accidents cause serious injuries to people. In many accidents, bones get fractured, or the skull is hit, damaging the brain which can cause haemorrhage. It is most important for such patients to get timely treatment, but it becomes difficult due to the long distances between the places of accidents and hospitals. It can also cause the death of such patients. TCCs were set up to help patients get immediate and modern medical treatment near the places of accidents. TCCs have arrangements for prompt treatment through modern equipment and expert doctors. Many patients’ lives have been saved due to TCCs. Such TCCs are, however, totally neglected by the Government administrative machinery.