WHO: Traffic Accidents More Deadly than Disease in Bahrain
More people in Bahrain have died from traffic accidents in the last few years than from several infectious diseases combined, included tuberculosis, whooping cough, meningitis and measles, the Bahrain Times reported Tuesday.
Philip L. Graitcer, from the Rollins School of Public Health in the US and a consultant with the WHO, was quoted by the paper as saying that “it is a sad fact of life worldwide that children who now easily survive the threat of measles and malnutrition during the first year of their lives are at risk of dying from injuries sustained on the roads or as a result of motor vehicle accidents.”
Graitcer is in Bahrain to conduct a specialized workshop on injury control being held at the Arabian Gulf University.
He told the daily that “injuries are one of the leading causes of death in Bahrain. They also result in a significant drain on health resources in terms of finance, personnel and facilities.” – Albawaba.com