For the first time in the country, AYUSH doctors will receive training in primary trauma treatment. The Union AYUSH ministry and the city-based NGO Lifeline Foundation signed an MoU in this regard. The programme, which is being carried out in collaboration with the AYUSH ministry, aims to train 4,000 doctors across the country.
Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh will be the first states to implement the programme. In Gujarat, there will be 2,000 AYUSH doctors. The project’s Memorandum of Understanding was signed in Gandhinagar on the first day of the Global AYUSH Investment and Innovation Summit 2022. The training would be delivered in modules approved by Rashtriya Ayurved Vidyapeeth, the ministry’s central office in New Delhi.
Dr. Subroto Das, the founder trustee of Lifeline Foundation and a Padma Shri awardee, said the effort was part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to mainstream AYUSH doctors and address unnecessary deaths from all sorts of trauma. He went on to say that this will be the first-of-its-kind upskilling aimed at lowering trauma-related mortality by incorporating training for AYUSH doctors. According to Das, India has more than 7.7 lakh AYUSH doctors.
“Already pilot projects to train 500 doctors have been completed in Vadodara, Vapi, Godhra, Lunawada, Modasa and rural areas of Saurashtra. Rural areas have been targeted because they are mostly bereft of trauma care facilities and are unable to address the Golden Hour. This is where AYUSH doctors can make a difference since they have a good presence and acceptability in the rural communities,” said Das. Airway management, haemorrhage control and suturing, IV access and hydration management, cervical spine stabilisation, CPR, and cardiac arrest are among the low-cost procedures covered in the 8-hour session. Trauma surgeons, orthopaedic surgeons, general surgeons, emergency physicians, and ICU physicians will give the training.
The objective is to do impact studies on a regular basis, change the modules as needed, scale it nationally with the AYUSH ministry’s help, and then institutionalise these skill developments as part of training. Lifeline Foundation established India’s first CPR project in addition to its much-lauded highway rescue effort. The Vadodara Municipal Corporation became the country’s first civic body to be fully trained in high-quality first aid and CPR.
Source: Economic Times