Chennai, April 2019: On the occasion of World Head Injury Awareness Meet, Gleneagles Global Health City, the largest facility of Gleneagles Global Hospitals organised an event named ‘GUARDIAN’ to take the road safety initiatives to the next level. As a socially responsible organisation Gleneagles Global Health City, works closely with Chennai Traffic police and other government departments to bring down the fatalities in the road accident and to spread awareness on Head Injury, Seatbelt and Compulsory Helmet drive. Thiru A Arun, IPS, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) and Prof Venkatesh Balasubramanian PhD (IIT Madras) who has brought down fatalities due to accident borne head injuries and casualties of road Accidents in Tamil Nadu was felicitated at the event.
Due to the efforts of various stakeholders such as Police, Health and Transport officials the fatalities in the accident have dropped 24 % relatively when compared to last year in Tamil Nadu. In January 2019, Out of 5173 Accidents across the state, Chennai leads with 689 accidents.
Gleneagles Global Health City has trained more than 10,000 individuals to administer immediate care to keep a patient stable until medical help arrives. Gleneagles Global Health City extends quality health care to all at a very affordable cost and treatments have been made the cost to cost basis to underprivileged victims at the time of emergency. Gleneagles Global Health City has made available Ambulances at any requested point of time during the day across the neighbourhood vicinity with fully equipped ETCT staffs who are equally confident enough to handle any kind of medical emergencies.
Speaking on the occasion A Arun, IPS, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Said “Last year alone in Chennai 1297 people have lost lives in road accidents, out of which 60 % of fatalities are from motorcyclist and 30% are pedestrians. Among, Non-fatalities accidents total injured are 7600 out of which only 200 people wearing helmets at the time of an accident. We have registered 24.5 lakhs cases out of which 4.5 lakh cases are related to helmet and we have collected 27 Crores as the fine amount which clearly states that enforcement is not only the solution but we must create a culture of wearing the helmet. We are glad that hospitals like Gleneagles Global Health City is coming forward to create awareness on wearing the helmet and to work towards reducing fatalities due to road accidents in Chennai.
Almost 98 % of the two wheeler accidents are male who end up to fatalities and majority of them are between 18-30 age group said Prof Venkatesh Balasubramanian PhD (IIT Madras).
Speaking on the Occasion Dr K Ravindranath, Chairman, Gleneagles Global Group of Hospital said “We believe that nothing matters the most but saving the lives. Global Hospital has been taking several initiatives to spread awareness on road safety and on Head Injury. We are looking forward to partner with Government and NGO’s to bring down fatalities further due to road accidents”
Dr Nigel Peter Symss, Senior Consultant, Gleneagles Global Health City said, 95% of the head injuries do not reach the hospital within the golden hour (2hrs) from the of the accident. Those operated within 4hrs of injury have a death rate as low as 30% as against 80% after 4 hours of the injury added Dr Nigel.
Dr Dinesh Nayak, Director – Neuro Sciences, Gleneagles Global Health City Said ‘Head injury management requires team effort comprising of Neuro critical, Neurologists and Neuro rehab team which works in unison in order to ensure best outcomes not only in survival but also in functional outcomes/recovery’