NEW DELHI: All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), in collaboration with Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia, is working towards developing low-cost helmets with more ventilation and better suited for Indian weather conditions.
“We are trying to develop helmets which are light and airy so that people do not feel uncomfortable putting them on. Since, India’s climate is mostly hot and humid for the almost nine months of the year, people find wearing helmets uncomfortable,” said Dr M C Misra, AIIMS director.
He said around 377 people die on Indian roads every day-the world’s highest fatalities in road accidents, according to a 2013 report published by the ministry of road transport and highways.
Experts said such accidents can be avoided if people wear helmets.
Apart from this, AIIMS in collaboration with Monash University, Melbourne, is also doing a long-term research project in trauma systems. Under ‘Australia India Trauma Systems’ collaboration project, the apex trauma centre will try to develop a national trauma registry for the country.
AIIMS is also planning to develop a rehabilitation prescription application, which can be downloaded on smartphones, said Dr Amit Gupta, AIIMS spokesperson.
“Often patients after treatment go back home and it is not possible for them to come back again for consultation. In that case, they will be given reminders through the application to follow certain exercises and our physiotherapists will keep on assessing their quality of life after say three months or nine months,” said Dr Amit Gupta, the institute spokesperson.