Nearly 48 per cent
of hospital beds in surgical wards in Indian hospitals are occupied by road
traffic injury patients at any given time, Union Health Miniser J P Nadda said.
Speaking at the
meeting of "Transport Ministers' Forum on Road Safety' organized by
International Road Federation (IRF),
Nadda said road traffic deaths and injuries are forecast to rise by
about 65 per cent in the next three years. In low and middle income countries,
these fatalities are expected to increase by 80 per cent and the majority of
these victims are the vulnerable road users (VRUs) - pedestrians, cyclists and
Last year 4.81 lakh road crashes claimed
1.51 lakh lives and left 4.95 lakh injured in India. These figures are the
worst among all countries across the globe. According to data released by
Institute of Road Traffic Education at a global conference last week, 85 per
cent of road fatalities in south-east Asia belong to the group of Vulnerable
Quoting findings of
different studies, Nadda said road traffic injuries accounted for a minimum of
30 and a maximum of 86 per cent of trauma admissions in middle and low-income
countries. "Road traffic injury patients comprise 13 to 31 per cent of all
injury admissions in hospitals," he added.
former director of AIIMS (Delhi) M C Mishra said the occupancy of road traffic
victims is more in hospital since they get priority over other patients.
"Each case is treated as an emergency and their number is high. Strict
enforcement of simple laws such as helmet wearing can reduce accidents
substantially," he added.
IRF chief K K Kapila said each country has to find solution to its
problem while learning best practices from others. "Ministers, bureaucrats
and expert organizations from different countries will share their success
stories in the next three days and we can learn from them," he added.