Ghana’s current traffic accident statistics are unacceptable – GMA
The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has noted that the rate at which accidents are currently occurring in Ghana is unacceptable.
According to the GMA, the current threat of road accidents with 11,858 accidents including 2,126 victims in the first nine (9) months of this year alone is unacceptable.
On average, six (6) lives are lost per day in Ghana in road accidents, he added.
The GMA said in a statement issued following its 63rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Sunyani from November 2-7, 2021 that “road safety in the country is hampered by pre-crash challenges such as the general indiscipline of road users, poor road design and construction, exponential increase in motorcycle-related accidents and fatalities, weak enforcement of road traffic rules and lack of legislative instrument (L I.) for the NRSA Act, 2019 (law 993).
“The post-crash challenges that represent lives on the roads in Ghana include inadequate trauma care centers in the country and insufficient funding of health facilities to care for accident victims as well as non-reimbursement of victims. funds spent on accident victims by health facilities.
“To curb the current trend of road fatalities, the GMA recommends the following: The dualisation of major roads in Ghana and intermodal transport, The conduct of a road safety audit with the treatment of dangerous sections, provision of rest areas every 80-100km along major roads to manage fatigue, Automation of traffic control, Continuous training of drivers and training of trainers for motorcyclists / tricycles.
Regrading the regulation of commercial road passenger transport, transportation and transportation services, he said: “We urge all stakeholders in the road safety sector to work hard to avoid more accidents during the Christmas festivities and New Year’s Eve. “