Road fatalities in UAE 10 times higher than UK

DUBAI — Injury and deaths in road accidents are a major public health problem and are the most common causes of unintentional trauma in developing countries.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Mon 18 Jul 2005, 10:14 AM

Last updated: Thu 9 Nov 2023, 11:46 AM

According to a survey report, fatalities in road accidents per 100,000 vehicles in the UAE are 10 times higher than in the UK, six times higher than in the US, and four times higher than in Qatar.

Careless driving, speeding and tail-gating are the main factors resulting in these worrisome statistics.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and World Bank (WB) recently launched the Arabic version of the World Report on Road Traffic Injury Prevention, launched under the patronage of Queen Rania of Jordan, revealing disturbing statistics on the number of road fatalities across the Arab world.

In September 2005, Dubai will host two conferences — Middle East Trauma 2005 and the International Emergency Medical Services Congress 2005 (EMS) —, which will specifically discuss topics to raise standards of emergency services and trauma across the region.

Trauma prevention programmes such as initiatives to standardise the use of seat belts, drunken-driving ban, speed cameras and mandatory use of crash helmets are a crucial components in a country's strategy to reduce road traffic accidents. The development of a benchmark emergency medical services strategy in a rapidly developing region such as the Middle East is critical.

The Dubai Police Ambulance Service will present a case study detailing their strategy on implementing a system to reduce emergency services response time including a proposal to introduce medics on motorcycles from July, 2005. Since its creation in 1975, the Dubai Police Ambulance Service has transformed itself from a service with just two emergency vehicles to a unit manned by 205 medics, 111 ambulance drivers, 19 stations and 30 ambulances.

Both the EMS and Trauma Congresses, to be held from September 13 to 15, will benefit from interactive workshops on airway management, hosted by leading experts from the Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA, and the Stratus Centre at Birmingham, and Women's Hospital, Boston, USA.

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