Apollo Speciality Hospitals organised “The road to recovery” awareness programme emphasising the importance of saving and protecting life in the most critical situation and measures to handle and avoid trauma fatalities on the sidelines of World Trauma Day. Encouraging robust actions to prevent disability and deaths caused by road mishaps, the volunteers pledged to keep the roads safe and prevent accidents.
World Trauma Day is marked on 17th October, every year to propagate the need for averting deaths and disabilities caused by accidents or trauma. Statistics reveal that there is a road accident happening in India every 1.9 minutes and 22.8% of all traumas are due to transport-related accidents.
It is reported that almost 1 million people die and 20 million are hospitalised every year due to accidents. Tamil Nadu ranked first in road accidents for the third year according to data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), with over 156 road accident cases per day. In 2019, the state recorded 57,228 road accidents followed by Madhya Pradesh with 51,641 and Uttar Pradesh 37,537.
“While the pandemic has spread to 188 countries or regions across the world road accidents affects more people than COVID-19 does,” said Suneeta Reddy, Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Group.
WHO states that road traffic accidents kill more than a million people each year, costing most countries 3% of their GDP and are the leading cause of death among children and young adults. India accounts for one-fifth of global deaths due to road accidents.