'We are currently awaiting a signature from Health Minister Mohammad Nasim and have already sent the guidelines to his office for approval'
Health ministry has finalized guidelines for emergency treatment of road crash victims and will soon publish a gazette notification about it.
A senior official of the Health Ministry on Thursday said: “Government is ready to publish a gazette with proper guidelines to ensure emergency treatment for road crash victims at any hospital, including necessary equipment for treating such victims across the country.”
Health ministry sources said after receiving directives from the High Court on August 8, the ministry started taking measures to bring necessary changes to the guidelines, drafted earlier this year.
It also asked the health ministry to issue a gazette notification containing these guidelines that ensure provision of emergency medical service to road crash victims as quickly as possible in a bid to save the lives of the injured.
The High Court bench formed with Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and Justice Farid Ahmed also gave a two-month period to gazette the notification.
The directives came following a writ petition jointly filed in February 2016 by the Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (Blast) and Saif Kamal, a social entrepreneur and founder of Toru, an organisation working for youth.
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Secretary Sirazul Islam Khan said: “After completing all procedures including modifying the guidelines and vetting, the ministry has finalized the guidelines and is ready to publish the gazette.”
“We are currently awaiting a signature from Health Minister Mohammad Nasim and have already sent the guidelines to his office for approval,” he added.
However, the secretary did not say anything further about the main issues or special aspects of the guidelines.
He said: “The copy is currently at the minister’s office for approval and it would not be wise to say anything about it at the moment, as it will be published as a gazette very soon. The guidelines will be sent to Bangladesh Government press, as soon as the approval comes.”