The Health Minister announced that individuals bringing road accident victims to the hospital for treatment will receive recognition and a reward of ₹2,000.
Chandigarh: The Punjab government, as part of its ‘Farishtey’ scheme, has announced free medical treatment for all road accident victims within 48 hours of the incident, according to Health Minister Balbir Singh. He emphasized the significance of the ‘Golden Hour’ – the crucial first hour following a road accident – where prompt critical care significantly enhances survival chances.
Health Minister Balbir spoke during the opening session of a two-day road safety workshop and training event hosted by the Lead Agency on Road Safety at MGSIPA in Chandigarh.
As part of the program, the minister announced that individuals who bring road accident victims to hospitals for treatment will receive recognition and a ₹2,000 reward. During the opening session of a two-day road safety workshop, he emphasized that there will be no interrogation by the police or hospital authorities regarding the person who brings the accident victim to the hospital unless that individual wishes to become an eyewitness, as stated in an official statement.
Dr. Singh also outlined the Punjab government’s plan to establish a system that connects all ambulances, both government and private, similar to private taxi services (OLA/Uber). This setup aims to ensure that emergency ambulance services are accessible within 15 minutes during critical situations.
Furthermore, the government is in the process of identifying government hospitals located along state highways to set up and activate robust critical care units, providing citizens with access to world-class healthcare facilities, he added.