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State Govt mulls �green corridor� for medical emergency


GUWAHATI, June 4 - In a move that can prove critical in saving lives of emergency patients, the Assam Government is mulling introduction of the �green corridor� provision in Guwahati.

This will also be a part of the proposals preceding the setting up of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in the State.

The introduction of a �green corridor� would mean that ambulances and police escort would move through routes with no traffic movement during medical emergencies.

Routes towards the AIIMS and some other hospitals would be declared �green corridor� and traffic movements of the specified routes would be restricted and diverted depending upon the location of the hospital.

�Ideally, the option is considered for serious heart patients,� sources told this reporter, adding that many developed cities, including Mumbai and Bengaluru, already have the system in place.

Although the proposal is in a nascent stage, the decision would be taken up in the subsequent meetings as the number of patients that die on their way to hospital is quite high.

A proposal for establishing a helipad in close proximity to the proposed AIIMS is also doing the rounds.

Meanwhile, a three-member team of experts led by AIIMS Director Dr MC Mishra is expected to visit the State soon to take a final call on the locations for the hospital (AIIMS) in the State.

A proposal is also there to start expert clinical service in Guwahati under the supervision of world-class doctors of AIIMS, New Delhi, even as a final call on the plot of land for the proposed hospital is yet to be taken.

Initiating the expert clinical service would mean that a panel of world-class doctors from the AIIMS, New Delhi, armed with state-of-the-art medical technology, will be here to supervise treatment of patients under one roof in a phased manner.

The State Government had already offered three plots of land for the proposed AIIMS.

The expert clinical service, which will be organised in association with the State Government, is likely to be conducted at the Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital (MMCH), official sources told The Assam Tribune.

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