Accent on safe driving to prevent accidents on roads

To increase awareness among road users about preventing accidents and first aid measures to be undertaken for victims, a road safety awareness programme was held here recently.

Organised by Manipal Hospitals and St. John Ambulance, India, participants including drivers of bus, lorries, autorickshaws, school and college vehicles and the public were told about safe driving on roads so as to prevent accidents.

A demonstration on how first aid treatment should be provided to victims, handling of the injured and safe transportation to the nearest hospital without aggravating the injuries was also explained.

Experts spoke about the difficulties faced by drivers in shifting the injured to the hospital and the measures to handle the situations.

City Police Commissioner K.C. Mahali said that increase in fatalities on the road is due to motorists not wearing helmets and said that the attitudinal change in the minds of the people towards wearing helmet would save their family and reduce the number of fatalities.

“Various measures have been implemented in the city to reduce accidents and save life on roads. The role of ambulance drivers in shifting the victim to hospital is crucial,” he added and said that the ‘Golden Hour’ concept had saved many lives.

Premkumar Rajan, Managing Director of the hospital, Dr. Rajasekar, Unit Medical Head, M.G. George of St. John Ambulance, senior police officials and others participated.

  • Providing first aid to accident victims demonstrated at awareness programme

  • Experts highlight difficulties drivers face in shifting injured people to hospital