Staff Reporter

For timely medical aid and legal assistance

The forum will be floated on World Trauma Day on October 17

Most accident victims and their relatives not aware of medical insurance

TIRUNELVELI: To assist the accident survivors in getting timely and proper medical and legal assistance and to rehabilitate the injured, the International Trauma Anaesthesia Critical Care Society’s (ITACCS) Tirunelveli Chapter and Sri Sakthi Hospital here have proposed to float Tirunelveli Accident Survivors’ Society (TASS) on the World Trauma Day that falls on October 17.

Even after the roads are getting improved and widened to facilitate the modern swift transport modes, over 15,000 people were killed in the 55,000-odd accidents in the State during 2007. Of the 7,937 accidents that took place in the district, excluding Tirunelveli city, between 2001 and 2007, 1,968 persons have been killed, which indeed promoted the Tirunelveli Chapter of ITACCS to launch a forum for the accident survivors society to air their grievances and get appropriate remedy.

Since most of the accident victims and their relatives are not aware of medical insurance, the ways of getting medical and legal assistance, rehabilitation etc. in the right time, most of the families, which are forced to spend in thousands or even in lakhs to save one of their family members or their breadwinners, are pushed in deep trouble.

“To help the accident victims and their families, TASS is being launched on October 17 as we observe the World Trauma Day. The new organisation will branch out shortly in other districts also,” said S. Venkatesh Babu, orthopaedic surgeon and the Tirunelveli Chapter secretary of ITACCS.

Job opportunities

Apart from rendering medical and legal assistance and providing rehabilitation, the new forum is likely to explore job opportunities for its members based on their educational and technical qualification and physical ability, Dr. Venkatesh Babu noted.