The National Accident Prevention Week commenced today. It will continue until the 18th of November. It is being implemented parallel to the ‘World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims’ which falls on third Sunday of November each year.
The National Accident Prevention Week is being launched implemented by the Non-Communicable Disease Unit of the Ministry of Health under the directions of Minister Rajitha Senarathne.
15th will be the Schools and Pre- Schools safety day and 16th the working places safety day. 17th will be the domestic safety day, and the last day, 18th will be the road safety day. Currently, about 6-8 road accidents take place daily.
Health Services Director General Dr. Palitha Mahipala said that Awareness programs, inspection of possible places for accidents, and taking short, mid, and long term action to minimize accidents will take place during the week –long program.
In Sri Lanka, the number of victims and the deaths caused by accidents is gradually increasing day by day and nearly one million get hospitalized for treatment due to this situation. Road accidents play a major role in fatal accident category. Nearly 2,500 people die due to fatal road accidents annually. This year it has increased up to 2,800, sources said. Most of the people subject to road accidents including fatal accidents are between 15-40 years. This has a big effect on the country’s economy, and the government has to bear a high expenditure for the treatment and rehabilitation process.