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KUWAIT CITY, Feb 20: Increased road accidents put an additional burden on the health facilities and put at risk the lives of road users, motorists and pedestrians, especially the accidents involving ATVs (all terrain vehicles), which particularly puts the life of the user at risk, reports Al-Rai daily.
The Director of Medical Emergencies in the Ministry of Health, Munther Al-Jalahma, told the daily the department dealt with 10,311 road accidents during 2019, which roughly calculates as 860 accidents per month or 28 per day.
According to Al-Jalahmah, 943 cases were recorded in January, 934 in February, 889 in March, 892 in April, 801 in May, 822 in June, 828 in July, 722 in August, 689 in September, and 855 in October, 959 in November and 977 in December.
Director of the Jahra Hospital, Dr Ali Al-Mutairi, told the Al-Rai daily the hospital received 393 accident cases in about two months – 311 involving cars and 82 ATVs.
This is in addition to cases of people given first aid at the site of the accident or those who may have succumbed to injuries. He has called on all those concerned to take precautionary measures to reduce accidents which cause deaths and severe disabilities. Al-Mutairi clarified that “the proportion of critical cases during accidents ranges between 10 and 20 percent of the total injured.