24 November 2017
Press Release: Ministers reaffirm in Delhi their commitment to road safety
Organised by the International Road Federation (IRF Geneva) the day before the official opening of the 18th edition of the IRF World Meeting, a Transport Ministers Forum was held in Delhi, India on 13th November 2017. Highlighting how rise in road accidents is increasing burden on healthcare in low and middle-income countries including India, Union health minister J P Nadda said about 48% of hospital beds in surgical wards are occupied by road traffic injury patients in these countries.
Nadda said road traffic deaths and injuries are forecast to rise by about 65% by 2020. In low and middle income countries, these fatalities are expected to increase by 80% and the majority of these victims are the vulnerable road users (VRUs) - pedestrians, cyclists and two-wheeler riders. Nadda further said that the political commitment and a will to achieve can bring about significant and rapid decline in road injuries and requires planning at all levels, capacity creation, involvement of all sectors and good data.