By Our Staff Reporter
Dehradun, 17 Feb: Sanjay Orthopaedic Spine & Maternity Centre and SHEWA Society organised a webinar on the concluding day of National Road Safety Month, here, today.
Dr Gaurav Sanjay, Orthopaedic Surgeon, said that one-fourth of the patients suffering from road accidents die and only a quarter of people are able to recover despite good treatment, while others have some residual disability. Due to which, not only the victims but also the economic condition of the country is deteriorating. After road traffic accidents, the poor were becoming poorer.
The cause of the corona epidemic is the COVID 19 Virus, which is so microscopic so it is difficult to kill, but the factors causing road accidents, which are the drivers 90% of the time, can be caught by the traffic police. Such people should be punished and penalized as per law without letting them go.
Dr BKS Sanjay said that COVID 19 is a very severe pandemic that has affected the whole world. Similarly, road traffic accidents are killing many people who are bread earners for their family. Many-a-time, road traffic accidents can be prevented by following traffic rules. Hence it was important to prevent these accidents.
Dr Sanjay quoted comparative facts – COVID-19 has infected 109,37,320 people while only 1,55,949 people died. This meant 1 out of 100 died. On the other hand, according to a WHO 2019 report, 437,396 road traffic accidents happened and out of that 1,54,732 people died. That means 1 out of every 3 road traffic accident victims died. While 90% of COVID-19 patients who died were older than 60 years and had many co-morbidities and lived a sedantary life at home, 70% of road traffic accidents victims were in the age group of 18-45 years and were active and healthy.