Road Safety A Public Health Issues… Transport Minister

The risks to road traffic deaths and injuries are real and very close to all of us.  Beyond the average annual situation of nearly 2000 deaths, traffic related deaths and injuries are injurious to the domestic economies of crash victims. Therefore, we must double our commitments to improve the situation for our own good.

Hon. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, the Minister of Transport, made this disclosure during the 2017 Mid-year Performance Review Conference of the National Road Safety Commission held in Koforidua yesterday.

According to him, provisional statistics on road crashes as at the end of June 2017 indicates that, a total of 6,056 road crashes were reported, involving 10,122 vehicles. Casualties comprised 1,059 fatalities and 5,997 injuries. 1732 pedestrians were knocked down along or across the road.

As compared to the same period in 2016,there was a decrease of-1.6% in cases reported, 6.1% increase in vehicle involved, 26.6% increase in pedestrians knock down, 3.02% increase in fatalities and 14.12% increase in persons injured, he said.

These statistics do not mirror a good road safety situation in the country as at June this year. Therefore make road safety a developmental and public health issues, he noted, adding, media activism will be required to raise the level of public consciousness for road safety measures going forward.

The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) 2017 Mid-year Performance Review Conference is under the theme;”Ghana, 60 Years On: Building Road Safety Culture for Sustainable Development.”

Ing. Mrs. May Obiri Yeboah, the Executive Director of NRSC, said among other things that, to build a strong road safety culture for sustainable development, we need strong institutions to exert control on the safety environment.

She noted, in Ghana, the commercial passenger transport sector is dominanted by private actors who do not measure up to the safety standard set by their contemporaries owned by the state, such as Metro Mass Transit and Intercity STC.

Therefore, looking beyond Ghana at 60, we need to collectively build a safety culture that will build the capacities of these unions and organizations to be safety conscious about their passengers as well, she added.

The 2017 Mid-year Performance Review Conference was graced with the presence of the representatives of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Roads and Transport, led by the chairman, Hon. Samuel Ayi-Pey; the Commissioner of the National Insurance Commissions, Mad. Lydia Bawa, and the president of the Ghana Insurers Association, Mad. Marrieta Kubi, among others.



Source: Ametewee S. Worlali, Koforidua 


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