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Road accidents are a health epidemic, Dr N K Venkataramana tells media on World Head Injury Awareness Day

Addressing a well-attended press meet on the Head Injury Awareness Day on March 20, Dr N K Venkataramana , Chief Neurosurgeon and Founder of Brains Hospitals said that more than 50 per cent of all road accident deaths can be prevented with timely intervention…that is within an hour of a mishap. However, even in a city like Bangalore, it takes a shocking 4.5 hours for the right care to reach accident casualties, much too late to save their lives. On an average two people die every day in road accidents , most of them from head injuries, in the nation’s IT capital.

Present at the presser were reporters from big banner newspapers including The Hindu, Deccan Herald, Deccan Chronicle, The New Indian Express, Prajavani, Udayvani, Sanjivani, Rajasthan Patrika, Malayalam Manorama, Dinamani and Mathrabhoomi.

“Studies show that 60 per cent of head injury victims are in the ‘most-productive’ 18 to 40 age group, which translates into a staggering economic loss of up to 2 per cent of our GDP,” said the doctor. “This is in addition to massive social distress.” Also, for every death in a crash, 50 people are seriously injured, which has turned road accidents into a national health epidemic.

Adherence to simple safety practices like wearing helmets and seatbelts and not using mobile phones while driving could bring down casualty rates dramatically. Also, strict enforcement of laws against drunken driving is the need of the hour to make our roads safer. Click for more…

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