Pre-interns to go through emergency casualty treatment training to improve accident services across country

By Don Asoka Wijewardena

The Health and Indigenous Medicine Ministry has commenced a casualty treatment training programme for pre-intern medical officers.

Director General Health Services Dr Palitha Maheepala told The Island that all pre-interns recruited by the Ministry were being trained to handle accident casualties. Most hospitals had been equipped with Treatment Required in Acute General Emergencies (TRIAGE) at OPDs and it was important to train OPD doctors on latest emergency medicine to effectively treat victims, he said.

Dr. Maheepala pointed out that under the programme emergency treatment courses for all pre-interns would be conducted from May 14 to May 22 at the LRH and medical faculties at Karapitiya, Peradeniya, Jaffna and Rajarata.

He said the principal aim of the training programme was to overcome delays in treating casualties at OPDs. Once enough doctors were trained casualties of accidents could be referred direct to the main treatment units, wards or theatres without delay.

The Ministry was also planning to provide a similar training to the nursing staff too in the near future, Dr. Maheepala said.

"As far as I am concerned, many accident victims are getting delayed treatment when they are brought to OPDs owing to admission procedures. There should be well-trained doctors as well as nursing staff to handle the emergency cases without undue delays.

"Director Medical Services Dr Lal Panapitiya with his team would train pre-interns at the above mentioned faculties. I think when the training courses are completed, all the accidents victims will receive effective emergency medical services."

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