Road Traffic Injury is The Number One Killer of Adolescents- WHO Report

Road Injuries  are the biggest killer of  teens globally. The road injuries top 10 causes of death among adolescents in both male & female, according to recent released report by World Health Organization (WHO). The report  titled “Health for the World’s Adolescents : A second chance in the second decade”  recently got released.

According to the report, “There were an estimated 1.3  million adolescent deaths in 2012, most of them from causes that could have been prevented or  treated. Mortality is higher in boys than in girls and in older adolescents (15–19 years) than in the younger group (10–14 years).”

Traffic injuries are man made disaster getting aggravated by poor policy & law  implementation in India.  Also, poor road designing risks the lives of people, especially, pedestrians & cyclists on the roads in India. Traffic fatalities have spiraled, however the preventive measures at government level have not been encouraging to stop this growing epidemic.

The report compares the 10–14 and 15–19 age groups, males and females, and different regions of the world. 

 The report states that  “Road injuries are among the top five causes of death in all regions, all age groups and all sexes, except among adolescent females in the African Region (although, with a mortality rate of 11 per 100,000 population, the rate of death from road injuries among adolescent females in the African Region is higher than the rates of death from this cause in any other region). 

Pic : The Hindu

Pic : The Hindu

 

About the report :  Health for the world’s adolescents is a dynamic, multimedia, online report  (www.who.int/adolescent/second-decade). It describes why adolescents need  specific attention, distinct from children and adults. It presents a global overview of adolescents’ health and health-related behaviours, including the latest data  and trends, and discusses the determinants that influence their health and  behaviours. It features adolescents’ own perspectives on their health needs.

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