On her part, Dr. Esther Bayiga a researcher based at Makerere University School of Public Health says recommended speed has been left standard 50kms per hour even as the traffic law was amended recently without giving exceptions of for instance reduction in speed when someone is driving through a busy trading center.
Accident survivors have asked the government to establish trauma
centers to cater to people who sustain injuries.
Speaking as they marked the World Day of Remembrance of Road Traffic Victims, Nakawa Division Mayor Ronald Balimwezo Nsubuga who lost his leg
during in an accident along Lugogo bypass in Kampala says he remained on the spot
for two hours without being transferred to a hospital something that aggravated
his injury to the extent of developing an infection technically referred to as
gas gangrene that is associated with lack of blood to an injured part of the
Joyce Nankya, another survivor who was hit by a speeding car at the Northern
by-pass in 2015 says five years on she still occasionally experiences severe
headache and chest pains in addition to her lost hand.
Nankya doesn’t remember much about the incident but says she woke up five days
later and found herself admitted in Mulago National Referral hospital. She
recalls being traumatized for months after being discharged as her only source
of livelihood had collapsed.
Eng. Jacob Byamukama of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road
Safety (BIGRS) an NGO that recently partnered with Kampala City Council
Authority to reduce city accidents says such victims need to be supported but
post crush interventions in Uganda remain lacking right from what is done at
the scene of the accident to the point of care and after recovery.
In Kampala alone, Byamukama says 300 people perish in road accidents
However, Balimwezo says this figure can’t be trusted as the Police only record
those that die on the scene of the accident and yet many die in transit while
others after days in the hospital.
He says he is a victim of a pothole that could have been fixed
cheaply but it cost him not just his leg but 70 Million Shillings of taxpayer's money in getting
him an artificial leg.
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He cites an example of a newly constructed road in Nakawa division which has
become a black spot. Just last month, he says a truck rammed into two pedestrians
leaving one dead on the spot and another later.
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Bloomberg philanthropies and tech company C- Squared painted a zebra
crossing on this road at Uganda Youth AID Nursery and Primary school to save
not only school children but also the community in it’s the bigger campaign to
use data from high-quality monitoring systems, design safer roads and manage
Dr Esther Bayiga a researcher based at Makerere University School
of Public Health says the recommended speed has been left standard 50kms per hour
even as the traffic law was amended recently without giving exceptions of for
instance reduction in speed when someone is driving through a busy trading
Bayiga says police records don’t present the real
burden of road traffic injuries in the country. She cites research whose
results were released in September where they found people who perished last
year were over 7000 doubling the 3,880 reported by police.
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According to Uganda Police statistics, the
country records a 0.4% spike in road accidents every year. The commemoration
was marked under the theme Remember, Support, Act.