Traffic Safety Expo 2012 encourages drivers to practice responsible driving not invite medical response services
- Oman: Wednesday, September 05 - 2012 at 15:02
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The Traffic Safety Expo 2012 will take place from 16th -18th October, 2012 at the Oman International Exhibition Centre from 10:00 am-1:00pm and 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm according to Oman International Trade and Exhibitions (OITE).
On one hand, the Ministry of Health has received recognition for the quality of its healthcare from internationally reputed organisations like World Health Organisation, UNICEF and the United Nations Development Fund.
On the other hand the increasing accident rate in the country increases the burden placed upon the shoulders of the Ministry of Health, owing to the need to rehabilitate victims of traffic accidents and investment in additional facilities and buildings for treatment of the same.
The 8th Five year Plan (2011-2015) towards health development seeks to reduce the rates of mortality and morbidity by diseases and accidents to the lowest international levels.
Representatives from the Ministry attribute 60-70% of emergency surgeries as related to traffic accidents, most of the victims belonging to the youth, losing the country 20,000 years of production.
2011 statistics by the ROP indicate 321 deaths belonging to the age group of 16-25 years out of a total of 1056 and 4040 victims being injured out of a total of 11437 belonging to the same age category.
Causes for these deaths and accidents can be attributed to speed, neglect, fatigue, drunk driving, overtaking, weather conditions, sudden stopping, safety distance, improper acts, vehicle defects and road defects.
"We can play the blame game in deciding who is more responsible for all the accidents taking place in the country, mostly relaying the blame to the system of the country and lack of sufficient initiatives by concerned officials, but the crux of the issue is that the most common offences committed while driving, which leads to accidents and injuries, comes not due to the lack of initiatives to promote safety culture in the country but due to our reckless driving lifestyles," says says Mr. Alawi Almurazza, a representative from Traffic Safety Expo 2012, OITE.
"The most common offences listed by the ROP in 2011 includes speeding, negligence of using seat belts, wrong overtaking and mobile phones, most of which can be prevented if we all make a collective effort to the same. Instead of deciding who takes the lead in causing accidents in Oman, let us as citizens take the lead in reducing said accidents," he adds.
The expo will also bring together local and international exhibitors belonging to sectors like Road Safety, Fire and Safety, Accidents and Emergency, Corporates and Institutions. Besides promoting public awareness and safety culture, the expo will also provide networking opportunities for various representatives in the industry.
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