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Unclog city arteries: Doctors make a pitch

Monday, 30 June 2014 - 9:45am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

Treating tailback: Medical practitioners say traffic jams taking a toll on citizens' health; to make issue as theme of Doctors' Day celebration

Ahead of Doctors' Day, which is celebrated on July 1, medical practitioners across Mumbai are planning to do their bit to help the city tackle a big ailment – traffic jams. The Association of Medical Consultants (AMC), an umbrella body of nearly 8,000 doctors, kick-started a campaign with the theme 'Unclog the city arteries' on Sunday.

According to the AMC, the traffic congestion has led to many diseases and raised stress level and it is high time people were made aware of it. The AMC, at a function organised at Shanmukanand Hall in Matunga, handed over a memorandum letter to the state health minister Suresh Shetty and the Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria.

Dr Sangeeta Pikale, president of AMC said: "In our practice, we found that traffic congestion is having a great impact on people's health. We decided to take this as our theme to celebrate Doctors' Day and request the authorities to help us spread awareness. Simple traffic discipline can lead to bringing down many health problems."

The AMC has also tied up with many NGOs to help them achieve this goal. "We are also going to educate ambulance drivers and taking help of traffic police to ensure ambulances are given space in emergency. Ambulance getting stuck in traffic is a common problem," said Dr Sudhir Naik, president elect of AMC.

Among the list of awareness related to traffic, the doctors also pointed out things that need to be followed in case of accident. Dr said both traffic police and people should be made aware on what needs to be done in case of accident so that the victims get medical treatment at the earliest.

He added, "In the memorandum, we have also requested the municipal commissioner to ensure that the footpaths are not encroached upon. This will also ease off little traffic congestion problems in the city."

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