Health Ministry launching National Injury Control Program

Q.  National Injury Control Program has been launched by which ministry at the third World Trauma Congress?
- Published on 22 Aug 16

a. Health Ministry
b. MoE
c. MEA
d. WCD Ministry

ANSWER: Health Ministry
 
The health ministry will be launching National Injury Control Program to provide trauma healthcare and save lives of people who are injured or in an accident.
  • This was announced by the Health Minister at the third World Trauma Congress.
  • Road traffic injuries are among three leading causes of death for people between 5 and 44 years of age.
  • Road traffic injuries will soon become the fifth leading cause of death in the world resulting in 24 lakh deaths annually, according to the Indian government.
  • Road injuries and deaths cause a colossal economic cost of up to 1.5% of the Gross National Product (GNP) in the low- and middle-income countries.
  • The figure for India is close to 3% GDP. As per the latest statistic, in India 52 persons died every hour in various accidents in 2014, the major causes of accidental deaths in India are “Traffic accident, “Drowning”, “Poisoning” and “Accidental fire”.
  • India also has the highest Road crash mortality in the world.
  • Nearly 16 lakh people die globally as a result of a road traffic collision— more than 3000 deaths each day—and more than half of these people are not travelling in a car.
  • About 2 to 5 crore more people sustain non-fatal injuries from a collision, and these injuries are an important cause of disability worldwide.
  • 90 of road traffic deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, which claim less than half the world's registered vehicle fleet.
  • The Health Minister stated that India is hosting the 3rd World Trauma Congress (WTC) this year, the first and second one’s being held at ‘Rio’ and ‘Frankfurt’.
  • From 2011 to 2020, the UN Decade on Action for Road Safety is being celebrated.

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