Global road safety body International Road Federation (IRF) in a letter written to Lt. Governor (LG)  Anil Baijal has urged him to immediately reconvert and restore the trauma centre status of JNPAT trauma centre of AIIMS in New Delhi as the number of Covid patients are on constant decline in the capital and Delhi government hospitals have enough beds for the covid patients in the national capital.

Delhi Lieutenant Governor (LG) Anil Baijal has been recently appointed  as chairman of a committee set up by the central government for redevelopment of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) into a world-class medical university. The CEO of NITI Udyog is also part of the committee .

“As there are enough beds in Delhi Government’s run hospitals for COVID patients and there is no further need to make specific COVID facilities by the Central Govt. AIIMS has again converted the APEX Trauma Centre into COVID facility despite declining cases of Covid in the national capital . Only a couple of months back, the Trauma Care Centre was restored from COVID facility to Trauma Centre on our insistence and follow up. Since the accident and Trauma patients in the NCR have to wait in queue even to get admitted at this Trauma Care Centre which is 100 percent  utilized, whereas for COVID facility hardly 5% is utilized.” Said Mr K K Kapila, President Emeritus, International Road Federation (IRF) in his letter to the LG .

“This is the holistic Trauma Care Centre which has become a world famous Level – I trauma care centre with an Annual foot fall of 70-80,000 (only accident and other  injured patients). It has been the only centre in the country providing 24×7 quality patient care with all specialties catering to the injured patients. You will appreciate that this Centre also caters to complicated trauma victims referred from other Hospitals, patients from Central Armed Police forces injured in action, patients of Mass and multiple casualty incidents.” Said Mr Kapila.

“India accounts for one of the highest number of road accident deaths and injuries in the world. Trauma centre like AIIMS JNPAT is need of the hour as Delhi accounts for more than 1600 road accident deaths and thousands get injured need trauma care “ said Mr Kapila

“Another thing which needs immediate correction is that various courses which were running at the institute have been suspended on the pretext of COVID-19, and should be restored with immediate effect. It seems to be a mockery to me, as on one side we are opening schools, and on the other side we have stopped all courses where doctors are involved” said Mr Kapila.