THE Zambia Medical Association (ZMA)has called on government to strengthen road safety measures in accordance to the World Health Organization (WHO) Safe Systems Approach charter.
ZMA Secretary General Kaumba Roy Tolopu, Said the Association calls for greater Investment in road crash prevention strategies and overall management of road crashes to help treat, rehabilitate and compensate would be victims.
Doctor Tolopu said the Association is deeply saddened with the news of the fatal road crash that occurred in the early hours of Monday in Nsama District of Northern Province, resulting in the death of 20 members of the Women’s Christian Fellowship of Nsama Consistory.
The Association in a statement since offered its sincere condolences to the bereaved families, the United Church of Zambia (UCZ) and the nation at large over this unfortunate loss of life.
Dr. Tolopu further added that according to WHO Road Traffic injuries are the cause of 1.3 million deaths per year and are leading cause of death for young people aged 5 to 29 years old, with more than half the deaths involving vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motor cyclists.