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Medical Pros Demand increased Road Safety Measures 

The Zambia Medical Association (ZMA) has urged the government to enhance traffic safety regulations in compliance with the Safe Systems Approach charter of the World Health Organization (WHO).

In order to help treat, rehabilitate, and compensate potential victims of road crashes, the ZMA Secretary General, Kaumba Roy Tolopu, said the Association advocates for increased investment in road crash prevention techniques and overall management of road crashes.

20 members of the Women’s Christian Fellowship of Nsama Consistory were killed in a deadly road accident that happened in the early hours of Monday in the Nsama District of Northern Province, according to Doctor Tolopu.

The Association afterwards expressed its deepest sympathies for the tragic loss of life to the bereaved families, the United Church of Zambia (UCZ), and the entire country in a statement.

“ZMA therefore calls upon government to urgently strengthen road safety measures by ensuring a safe transport system for all road users by effecting safe speeds, safe vehicles, safe road users, safe roads and roadsides in accordance with the WHO Safe Systems Approach charter.ZMA appeals to all stakeholders working across the spectrum of management of Road Traffic Accidents to intensify efforts and collaboration, while equally appealing to road users to prioritize personal safety and indeed that of others by adhering to set road traffic rules and regulations,” he said.

According to Dr. Tolopu, an analysis of the 2021 Zambia Police Report on Road Traffic Accidents (RTAs) showed that 32,372 RTAs total were reported in this nation last year, with 2,163 fatalities and 5,307 badly injured.

“This represents a public health crisis with serious ramifications for families and national development,” he said.

The WHO estimates that road traffic injuries account for 1.3 million deaths annually and are the primary cause of mortality for young people between the ages of 5 and 29. More than half of these fatalities include vulnerable road users like walkers, bicyclists, and motorcyclists.

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