Experts work to make roads safer

February 14th, 2007

Bangalore: Every year in India, nearly a lakh of people are estimated to die on the roads and 15 lakh people are hospitalised. In Bangalore alone, around 5,000 people are killed on the roads. Road injuries alone account for nearly 900 deaths and hospitalisation of an estimated 10,000 people.

In an effort to make roads a lot more safer, city traffic police and NIMHANS will launch a Road Traffic Injury Surveillance Programme, that helps to develop specific road safety plans.

The officials met last week to chalk out detailed methodologies that are required to launch this programme by March.

“In our country, one person in his prime dies due to an injury every three seconds. Many more are left injured, disabled, traumatised, hospitalised and lose their income, jobs, education and go through unexplainable agony, suffering, pain and distressed,” explained Dr G Gururaj, professor and HOD of epidemiology at NIMHANS and WHO collaborating centre for injury prevention and safety promotion.

Starting March, data will be collected from 25 leading private and public hospitals along with BMTC/KSRTC and NGOs, he said, adding, “Systematic information on all deaths and injuries caused due to road accidents will be collected and analysed to
identify and develop the programme.”

According to Gururaj, the western countries have demonstrated that significant number of injuries and road traffic injuries are predictable and preventable. “In fact, many countries, except India, have well-established surveillance systems. Hence, there is a need to develop prevention, trauma care and rehabilitation programmes through evidence-based approaches.”

Surveillance is crucial to develop and implement intervention for injury prevention and safety promotion, Gururaj explained.
“These surveillance programmes collect uniform and specific information on who, where, why and when injuries and road accidents occur (identify modifiable risk factors) and develop-implement interventions based on the same.”

Under this project, hospitals will be supplied with data capture format that will record minute details regarding the nature of injuries of a patient. Later, they will be able to send the same to NIMHANS (co-ordinators of this project), DCP traffic (east) M A Saleem said.

This programme is being initiated under the directives of union ministry of health and family welfare, Indian Council of Medical Research and World Health organisation, India chapter.

Source: TOI(Bangalore-epaper)

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