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Road Accident Survivors Ask Gov't to Set Up Trauma Centers

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.
Balimwezo shows off his artificial leg at the commemoration event. He was rammed into by a driver who was trying to dodge a pothole.

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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 body.

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 each year.

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 speed effectively.

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 center.

 

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.