Monday, 6 May 2013

One in six pedestrians killed is a child

LANI ROSE R DIZON

DOHA pedestrians, especially children under 14 years of age are at high risk of getting killed or injured in road accidents, which account for one in eight deaths in Qatar, said Dr. Rafael Consunji, loss prevention Director at the Department of surgery Trauma to the Hamad General Hospital.

Die each year around 80 pedestrians in road accidents and 200 wounded. They are the main killer, causing more deaths than cancer or heart disease.

These were just some of the statistics revealed at a press conference called to mark the 2nd UN Global Road Safety Week in Doha on Sunday.

Consunji said: "children between five years and nine year run the highest risk because they already have a little freedom and let parents to walk and run. However, they cannot assess neurological maturity is not reached and therefore the speed of an approaching vehicle ".

According to a study by the Hamad Medical Corporation Trauma Registry, are more pedestrian injured on Thursday and Friday, as well as in the cooler months. Early in the evening hours between 3 pm and 9 pm and the early morning hours between 6 and 9 hours are also considered the most dangerous for pedestrians.

The study said further that one in nine pedestrian victims succumb to their injuries and that will survive will suffer from moderate to severe injuries that seven-day stay in the hospital.

Given the number of expatriates in the country, 92 percent of pedestrians are workers from Nepal, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Six percent of the victims, however, are also found to be drunk while on the road.

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