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Punjab Government introduces ‘Farishtey scheme’ for road accident victims, check details

Written by  Shefali Kohli -- September 06th 2023 11:41 AM -- Updated: September 06th 2023 11:52 AM
Punjab Government introduces ‘Farishtey scheme’ for road accident victims, check details

Punjab Government introduces ‘Farishtey scheme’ for road accident victims, check details

‘Farishtey scheme’: The Punjab Government led by Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann introduced new ‘Farishtey scheme’ to provide free treatment to all road accident victims within the first 48 hours of the mishap. 

The new scheme has been introduced with an aim to make maximum use of the ‘Golden Hour’ to save precious lives of road accident victims. Golden hour is the first crucial hour after a road accident, during which time if a seriously injured person is given critical care, their chances of survival increase highly.

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While introducing the scheme, Punjab Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Balbir Singh said, “Irrespective of domicile of the person, Punjab Government will treat all the road accident victims as one and will ensure free treatment at nearby hospitals including private hospitals during the first 48 hours of the accident.” 

Rs 2,000 reward for people helping accident victims

Divulging more details about the forthcoming flagship Farishtey Scheme, which is at the final stage, the Health Minister said that anyone taking the road accident victim to the hospital for treatment will be honorued and rewarded with Rs 2000. There will be no questioning by police or hospital authorities from the person, who brought the road accident victim to the hospital, until and unless he himself wants to become an eye witness.

Ambulance linked to cabs 

Health Minister added that the Punjab Government has also been establishing a system wherein all the ambulances including government and private will be linked together like OLA/Uber, so that people in an emergency can avail services of Ambulance in as little time as 15 minutes. “We are also identifying government hospitals situated at the state highways to establish and activate the robust Critical Care Units so that people can avail World-Class Treatment at Government Health Facilities,” he added.

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The Health Minister also exhorted people to ‘Give Way to Ambulance’ and always keep ‘First Aid Kit’ in their vehicles, as this small initiative could save your or someone’s life.

He said that the Punjab State Road Safety Council will tie up with PGI to give training to trauma care doctors and para-medical staff.

(Inputs from official website of Directorate of Information and Public Relations, Punjab, India)



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