An Example of a typical road accident scene in Ghana.
The issue of road accidents has become a subject of public discourse as Ghanaians of various walks of life have added their voices to the conversation.
Engineer David Osafo Adonteng who had recently joined the conversation, in a discussion on Joy News TV had revealed that; for the past 10 years, if Ghana is to consider the annual death rate due to road accidents to be 2,000 deaths per year, then it implies about 20,000 lives had been lost over the last decade in Ghana due to road accidents.
Engineer David Osafo Adonteng.
In sharing his views about those who have been injured due to road accidents, Ign. Adonteng indicated that such people become burdens to our society, especially, the families in which such people find themselves.
Regarding school chidren have been affected by road accidents in Ghana, he quizzed that; "do we know the number of children who have stoped going to school as a result of road accidents?".
Meanwhile, he revealed that in reference to the bad impact of road traffic clashes to Ghana's economy, he said; "Ghana loses 1.6 percent of her annual GDP due to road traffic clashes".
A sample of Ghana's GDP statistics from the Bank of Ghana.
Moreover, Ign. Adonteng explained further that this percentage GDP figure translates into about over 800 million Ghana Cedis per year; which is loss mainly due to hospital bills, human resource management, etc., the government pays to manage road accidents in Ghana.
In fact, considering the pain, the agony, and the huge financial burden road accidents are leaving us with, there no time to waste as a country in playing our parts to fight road accidents head-on.
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