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Road, domestic accidents major health issue in SL: Health Minister

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BY YOHAN PERERA AND AJITH SIRIWARDANA

Parliament, Nov. 30 (Daily Mirror)- Road and domestic accidents have become a major health issue in Sri Lanka as one million out of a total of 6 million hospital admissions are due to accidents, Health Minister Ramesh Pathirana told Parliament today.

“Around 30 people die daily due to accidents and 12,000 annually due to road and domestic accidents in Sri Lanka,” the Minister revealed.

“Non-communicable diseases is another major health challenge which the country is slated to face in the future,” he added.

The Minister revealed that 30 percent of those who are more than 35 years old are suffering from high blood pressure, while 15 percent of the same age group is suffering from diabetes. Diabetes among children is also on the increase while 10 percent of Sri Lankan children are suffering from obesity,” the Minister further revealed.

“No one hardly talks about these issues but these are the major health challenges which are faced by Sri Lanka,” the Minister stressed.


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  • BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 30 November 2023 01:59 PM

    We the citizens know that before you discover and announce in Parliament. Now what is the cause? Yakkos believe it is the Indian built buses and not the yakko driving discipline. Our Police is so disciplined, that very often we see them at any unnecessary time or running behind Ministers vehicles but not when a bus or three wheeler blatantly breaks the rules.

    Priyantha Ajith Thursday, 30 November 2023 02:34 PM

    Make legislation where each driver should get an insurance. If accidents happened , all medical expenses of the victim paid by insurance company. No expenses to government, bad drivers will be out of road due to high premium. Out of box thinking for a better solution,

    Sokrates Thursday, 30 November 2023 03:08 PM

    Take all 3-wheelers off the roads and accidents will be halved.

    Ron Thursday, 30 November 2023 03:42 PM

    Road accidents will continues to go up in huge numbers our public transport drivers from buses to three wheelers are the biggest culprits drive so bloody dangerously day in day out this third class fellows have no fear no common sense due to poor background in all levels only alternative is proper policing introduced heavy fines for dangerous careless driving its a major issue for other road user's honking overtaking driving from one lane to a nother need action taken all public transport drivers should be monitored this fellow put every one in danger passengers other road user's pedestrians causing other vheicles in accidents government must compulsory issue public transport liecence for all public transport drivers with on going cost for renuing the public transport liecence yearly basis for drivers who are safe obey trafic rules keeping roads and other road user's safe including passengers system must be implemented Gradually next step should be motorbikes

    Jega Thursday, 30 November 2023 05:42 PM

    The best solution for this problem is high speed and lack of sleep of drivers. Most drivers collide because they don't sleep 7 hours. When drivers go outstations their employers don't provide them proper lodging facilities and enough time to sleep. Police has failed to control the issue of high speed because either the fine is not enough or they take bribe. Most of the drivers know which places the police are deployed and which places they are not on duty. Can't we have the army or air force also deployed for these duties in addition to police? Proper laws should be enacted and root cause analysis should be done for each accident and punish the real culprits, not only the drivers to mitigate this serious issue.

    Insured driver Thursday, 30 November 2023 07:43 PM

    Every driver must, I mean must have vehicle insurance like in other countries.If at fault or not insurance company will have to pay.

    Buddhist Thursday, 30 November 2023 09:56 PM

    Most of the road accidents are due to speed. Why not make it compulsory to have the "speed control unit" installed in all buses, trucks, and three-wheelers?

    Dr. Uthumankandu Farook Friday, 01 December 2023 07:05 AM

    Hon. Minister might have heard that final year engineering students are employed as Temporary Instructors due to the shortage of engineering graduates. Not too good, but too bad.


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