Road traffic accidents in Ghana: contributing factors and economic consequences

  • Paa Kwesi Blankson Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Unit, Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital
  • Margaret Lartey Department of Medicine & Therapeutics, University of Ghana Medical School

Abstract

The impact of road traffic injuries could be enormous, affecting societies and individuals in different facets. Despite the prominence of Covid-19 disease in the current public health space, road crashes remain an important contributor to mortality. It is estimated that some 1.4 million people die from road crashes globally, with most of these being the youth, and people from developing countries.1 In Ghana, 72 persons out of every 100 000 population, suffered from grievous bodily injury, and close to 8 of the same population died from Road Traffic Accidents (RTAs) over the past decade. More than 60% of road traffic fatalities occured in children and young persons under 35 years of age.2 Aside the mortality and morbidity associated
with the road crashes, Ghanaian households spend an average of US$ 1687.65 in direct and indirect cost on severe injuries associated with road crashes, while many suffer considerable degrees of psychological distress.

Published
2020-09-30
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Articles

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