Nigeria marks World Day of Remembrance for road traffic victims

Bolchit Pam, Abuja

The Nigerian Government says road traffic accidents have a major impact on health and the national economy.

The State Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, stated this during a press briefing to mark the 2016 World Day of Remembrance for road traffic victims, with the theme ‘Vital Post –Crash Actions, Investigation and Justice’.

Dr Ehanire said the government in collaboration with other stakeholders have put in place polices and measures to assist victims of road traffic accidents in Nigeria.

Establishment of National Trauma Centre in all the major hospitals in the six geopolitical zones, establishment of a Curriculum for the training of Paramedics in Nigeria, establishment of  the National Auto Crash Information System, establishment of integrated ambulance system and emergency system policy,” he stated.

On his part, the Corps Marshal of FRSC, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, said through the support of the Nigerian Government, the Commission had been able to reduce road traffic accidents to the barest minimum.

The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims was set aside by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005, to identify with victims of road accidents and their families.