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Ghana’s emergency care services under immense pressure

Ghana’s emergency care service is under tremendous pressure from road traffic accidents, accounting for a staggering 40 percent of trauma cases.

A study carried out by the nation’s largest referral facility, the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, shows that it constitutes two out of every five trauma cases.

The situation has been described as deeply worrying and completely unacceptable.

Dr Raphael Awuah, African Regional Advisor on Data and Surveillance for Vital Strategies, is urging the intensification of the national effort to make the roads safe.

Road fatalities and injuries, he noted, had become a public health crisis in the country and required to be treated as such.

The government should give equal attention and priority to road safety as the fight to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The rate at which people were being killed and maimed was alarming and could not be allowed to continue any longer.

In the Greater Accra Region for example, road traffic deaths had gone up from 4.9 percent per 100,000 to 6.3 percent.

Pedestrians, motorcycle riders and cyclists are the worst affected - make up 80 percent of the fatalities.

Dr Awuah at a two-day training work on the development of a road safety mass campaign, said most of the deaths and injuries were preventable.

The program was jointly organized by the National Road Safety Authority, Accra Metropolitan Assembly and Bloomberg Philanthropies for Global Road Safety.

Driver fatigue and indiscipline have been identified as some of the leading causes of road crashes in the country.

Data from the Global Border of Road Traffic Crashes in lower income countries for 2019-2020 indicates that road accidents were the 10th leading cause of deaths.

Various policies and programs have in the meantime been made to check the occurrence of motor accidents in Ghana.

The media is also helping in diverse ways to promote the road safety campaign.

Content created and supplied by: KyeretwienanaOseiBonsu (via Opera News )

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