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Training on head injuries a must for doctors: Dr Rath


OST Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Aug 17

Eminent neuro surgeon Dr Sanatan Rath on Saturday underscored the need for training general doctors in handling head injury cases before the victim received specialized care.

“An injury to the head, which holds the brain, is greatly different to injury to any other part of the body. Any injury to a body part can be healed and corrected, but it is not so for the brain. This must be kept in mind as accident rates are on the rise,” Rath said while inaugurating the two-day national seminar on “Road Traffic Accident– Salvaging the Victim” at the Institute of Medical Sciences and Sum Hospital here.

Expressing concern over the growing number of road accidents, Rath emphasized the need for general doctors to have the required idea to handle cases of head injury before the victim received specialized care. “Medical science, however, is developing fast,” he said.
In his address, eminent neuro-surgeon and chairman of the organizing committee for the national seminar Prof (Dr) Sureswar Mohanty observed that road traffic accidents are a curse of the civilization.

Presenting his paper at the seminar, Professor in neuro-surgery at the IMS and Sum Hospital and organising secretary of the event Prof (Dr) Pradipta Tripathy said India held the dubious record of registering the highest number of road traffic accidents in the world. Quoting WHO reports, he said that road accidents were the second largest cause of all death in the world.

“As far as management of road accidents is concerned, this grave problem is receiving much less attention than it deserves,” Dr Sanjay Kulshrestha, consultant paediatric surgeon at Sarkar Hospital for women and children, Agra, said.

Reduction in fatalities could be achieved by preventing accidents and through better post accident management of victims, he pointed out.(MM)