Ethiopian Government moves to address road-accident toll

Road Accident in Ethiopia
Ethiopia has one of the highest road-accident rates in the world

ADDIS ABABA, 8 November 2011 (IRIN) – Improved access to emergency medical care and compulsory third-party insurance coverage could help to lower Ethiopia’s high road-traffic accident death toll, say officials.

“At least one person dies out of [every] five car accidents occurring in this country,” said Bamlaku Alemayehu, inspector of Ethiopia’s National Road Safety Coordination Office. “Most of these victims die due to a lack of proper medical services, such as getting immediate medical assistance on time.”

At least 70 people die in every 10,000 vehicle accidents annually in Ethiopia, according to government reports; the average fatality rate is 60 per 10,000 vehicles across sub-Saharan African countries, according to the World Health Organization.

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