The closing ceremony for World Road Safety Week was hosted at the Governor’s House here by the Punjab Emergency Service, in collaboration with the World Health Organization, to highlight the importance of road safety by reducing the speed of the motorcycle to 30 km per hour to save lives and reduce serious injuries on the roads
LAHORE, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – May 22, 2021): The closing ceremony for Global Road Safety Week was hosted at the Governor’s House here by the Punjab Emergency Service, in collaboration with the Organization World Health Organization, to highlight the importance of road safety by reducing motorcycle speed to 30 km / h to save lives and reduce serious injuries on the roads.
The joint effort was in line with the WHO Road Safety Strategic Pillars to achieve the United Nations 2030 Global Road Safety Goals.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Health Dr Faisal Sultan, Special Assistant to the Chief Minister of Punjab for Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, Country Head WHO Pakistan Dr Palitha Gunaranthna, rescuers from the Rescue Headquarters, Academy, regional emergency managers and WHO staff attended the event.
In his video message, Punjab Governor Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar praised the efforts of the Punjab emergency services to provide rapid response to road victims and rescue 2.8 million road accident victims. road and give a sense of security to the citizens of Punjab. He also focused on reducing the speed of motorcycles and wearing helmets to make trips safer and reduce the number of road accidents.
Dr Rizwan Naseer, Director General of Emergency Services in Punjab, briefed participants on the burden on hospitals due to road accidents in Punjab. He said Rescue-1122 alone handles around 900 road accidents per day in Punjab, resulting in one crash every 1.
6 minutes. Unfortunately, around 83 percent of these traffic accident victims are associated with motorcycle crashes, which has a huge socio-economic impact on society. He also highlighted the collective efforts of the organizations concerned to reduce the number of deaths due to road accidents.
The Prime Minister’s Special Assistant Dr Faisal Sultan said the government is committed to reducing road accidents and the rescue service is doing a commendable job providing a post-accident response in line with the strategic pillars of the WHO road safety. Having put in place the accident response system, there is an urgent need to work on other pillars of road safety in order to reduce the growing burden of disease. He said reducing the speed of the motorcycle could save more lives and reduce serious injuries.
WHO Country Representative Dr Palitha Gunarathna Mahipala highlighted the importance of United Nations Road Safety Week and the importance of WHO’s 5th Strategic Road Safety Pillar to reduce half the burden of 50% of fatalities and serious injuries on the roads.
Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan shared his personal experience of the road accident before the rescue service was established. She said now people are lucky because they have a built-in emergency care system from Rescue 1122 for prehospital care, but citizens should also take care of their lives, especially motorcyclists should reduce speed. to save themselves from death and disability for the rest of their lives. Lives.