By Daud Olatunji
ABEOKUTA-A Consultant Orthopeadic Surgeon, Dr Anthony Osagie, yesterday, urged medical doctors to promptly respond to road accidents victims in a bid to reduce the mortality rate in the country.
Osage said this at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Ogun chapter held in Abeokuta.
Osagie who spoke on the theme of the two day conference, “Road Mishaps: A Menace to Society” submitted that doctors have a great task ahead of them in order to prevent a significant percentage of deaths as a result of road accidents.
He said “If we properly handle cases of road accidents, we may not have high mortality rate.
“I must commend the FRSC and other agencies, as they carry out pre-hospital care before the actual hospital care, and this actually determines the hospital care in most cases”.
Osagie lamented the absence of trauma care system in most national hospitals to properly handle cases of road accidents.
He noted that all medical doctors must be able to manage injuries effectively just as every local hospital should have a well structured trauma centre.
According to him, the general challenges of trauma management include security, quackery, staffing, upgrade of health facilities and state of the nation.
He attributed the major cause of road accidents to over-speeding, adding that it constitutes most traffic mortality.
The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Ogun Command, Mr Adegoke Adetunji, blamed 80 per cent of road crashes on over-speeding and failure of drivers to obey traffic laws.
He disclosed that 65, 440 road accidents were recorded in the last six years with 34,170 injured and 1930 killed in the last six years.
He attributed the high rate of road mishaps to the incessant usage of road transportation in developing countries.
“At least, 1.2 million people die every year and 60 percent of these deaths is recorded in developing countries because we depend so much on the road transport system,” he said.
Earlier in her address, the Chairman, Ogun NMA, Dr Adenike Odewabi the death of seven members of the association through accident from Ekiti enroute Jos, necessitated the theme of the AGM.
She noted that the aim of the association is to put an end to road mishaps in the country.
The outgoing chairman said it has pushed for improved doctors’ welfare, remuneration package and better condition of service in the state.