LAHORE - President College of Surgeons of Australia Prof Michael J Hollands has stressed the need for taking necessary precautions to avoid accidents and focusing on training of doctors and allied health professional for controlling trauma related casualties.

Addressing a press conference at Regional Centre of College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) yesterday, he said that low cost interventions like improving emergency services could help decrease casualties and reduce healthcare expenditures. Senior Vice President CPSP Prof Khalid Masood Gondal and Director National Residency Programme Prof Mahmood Ayyaz were also present.

As many as 26,000 people die annually in road accidents. Majority of the people are young and in most cases are bread winners for their families. Deaths in mishaps are more than those relating to infectious diseases.

Michael J Hollands said that following traffic laws and use of protective gears like helmets could decrease casualties. He said that training of doctors and staff dealing with emergency services could help saving life and avoiding permanent disabilities. He suggested increasing scope of Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) courses for healthcare providers. He was all praise for CPSP for regularly conducting BLS and ATLS courses for doctors.

CPSP has so far carried out 1000 BLS and other skill courses. CPSP conducted 20 Advanced Life Support for Obstetrics (ALSO), 159 ATLS, 155 courses on Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and 20 courses on Paediatric Advance Life Support (PALS).

“CPSP is providing training of international standard through advance skill courses. These courses are mandatory for doctors in Australia. Making these courses mandatory will enhance the standard of medical training in Pakistan”, Prof Michael said.

Prof Khalid Masood Gondal said that CPSP was working for the up-gradation of training standard within its own resources.