Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare J P Nadda on Thursday announced that the Health Ministry will soon come out with a National Injury Control Program to provide trauma healthcare and save lives of the lakhs of persons lost in accidents and to injury.
The Health Minister inaugurated the third World Trauma Congress in the presence of Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State, Tourism and Culture.
Addressing the Congress and highlighting the need for such a national program, Shri Nadda pointed out that road traffic injuries are among the three leading causes of death for people between 5 and 44 years of age. Unless immediate and effective action is taken, road traffic injuries are predicted to become the 5th leading cause of death in the world, resulting in an estimated 24 lakh deaths each year, he stated.
The Health Minister stated that, “As per the latest statistic, in India 52 persons died every hour in various accidents in 2014, the major causes of accidental deaths in India are “Traffic accident, “Drowning”, “Poisoning” and “Accidental fire”. India has the highest Road crash mortality in the world”.