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48 per cent of beds in Indian hospitals are cornered by road accident victims

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 two-wheeler riders.

    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 Road Users.

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.

Corroborating this, 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.

 


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