India has the highest number of road traffic accidents worldwide with over 140,000 deaths occurring annually, beating even China. While annually the nation loses almost 1.5 per cent of its GDP on account of road accidents, India is not even spending 10 per cent of that amount to make our roads safe.

Delhi records an average of five road accident deaths per day – four of these are of pedestrians and two-wheeler riders. Cyclists and pedestrians are the vulnerable users on our roads.

Unfortunately, however, such prompt care is generally not available in the country. According to a study by the Indian Journal of Surgery in 2006, 80 per cent of road accident victims in India do not receive any emergency medical care within this ‘golden hour.

To Ensure that medical assistance is provided within the ‘golden hour’ of a mishap, the Delhi government has proposed to pay for treatment of victims of road accidents, acid attacks and fire-related incidents at private hospitals across the city. The golden hour is the first hour after any traumatic injury, and doctors say that treatment is most likely to succeed during that period.

At a press conference, Health Minister Satyendar Jain said that irrespective of domicile of the victims, free medical treatment will be provided to them in case of burns, motor accidents and acid attacks on Delhi’s roads.
The health minister said that the Delhi government would bear the treatment cost of such people in both its own and private hospitals.
The move is aimed at saving lives of such people during the golden hour after accidents on Delhi’s roads, be it road accident, fire and acid attacks.

The proposal is part of the Good Samaritan Policy, passed by the Delhi government in January 2017. Under this policy, the people, who rush accident victims to the hospitals, will be given a sum of Rs 2000 and a certificate of appreciation.