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Dec 13 2016 (08:05)  Emergency health care 24x7 at Vashi railway sation (
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NAVI MUMBAI: Free emergency medical services will be available to rail commuters on the Vashi railway station campus for which railway is currently constructing the premises outside tower 6.
Described as emergency medical room (EMR), the 24x7 service will ensure speedy interaction of doctor with victims in train accidents and also commuters suffering sudden health problem. The tender has also been awarded, said central railway (CR) sources.
Vashi railway station manager, Sudarshan Khurana told TOI on Monday, "For any health related issue a memo in printed format is provided to the GRP for
undergoing treatment as is the practice while rushing patients to the NMMC hospital on the 108 ambulance. The same practice will be followed."
Khurana said, "The 108 ambulance service will also continue, but now we will have more doctors and greater medical attention. There will be three rooms in the emergency services to be provided."
Infrastructure work for EMR is also underway at Karjat railway station while it will shortly start at Diva station.
The Bombay High court order in 2014 included Panvel, Vashi, Karjat and Wadala under central railway division for provision of emergency health care among 12 stations under CR and 10 stations under western railway (WR) as part of an on-going PIL, said central railway sources.
EMR at Panvel railway station started on October 25, 2015 while Wadala went operational in August 15, 2016. The Diva station might take some time for infra work to start as raw material for construction work of the station is currently dumped at the site. Work is underway at Karjat, said railway sources.
But, the tender for service provider has been finalised for Karjat and Diva.
Railway sources also said the tender for healthcare service provider at Kurla and Ghatkopar will open on December 15 and as the infra is available, the service should start in the New Year by January end when the tender would be awarded. Both these important suburban stations with major footfalls though was tendered earlier but did not evoke the desired response.
The issue of emergency services (EMR) dates back to 2008 when the Bombay High court issued order on a PIL favouring provision of services, but the railway went in appeal to Supreme Court. The apex court ruled in favour of emergency services and asked for a pilot project at Dadar railway station. The pilot project went operational around February, 2011.
Thereafter, the court once again ordered in 2014 for more stations to be included (12 under CR and 10 in WR division) for more than 100 cases in a year in the on-going PIL.
Although Vashi, Panvel, Karjat and Wadala individually report lesser number of cases, the concerned GRPs clubbed several stations in the proximity.
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