Oman has highest road accident death rate in GCC: WHO report

Muscat Daily – March 30th 2013-03-30

Oman has highest road accident death rate in GCC: WHO report


 Muscat Daily Staff Writer

March 29, 2013

Muscat –

Oman has the highest death rate from road accidents in the GCC and third highest in the Eastern Mediterranean region, according to figures released by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Global Road Safety Report 2013 released by WHO recently shows that in 2010 Oman registered 30.4 deaths per 100,000 people. This figure put the sultanate third after Iran (34.1) and Iraq (31.5) in the Eastern Mediterranean region.

According to the WHO report, the Eastern Mediterranean region has the second highest road traffic deaths in the world after the African region. In GCC, Bahrain recorded the lowest rate of 10.5 per 100,000 people.

The report acts as a baseline for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, declared by the UN General Assembly.

A WHO official told Muscat Daily that data collection for the report was carried out in 2011. As many as 182 countries, including 19 from the Eastern Mediterranean region, participated in the survey.

“The 182 countries that participated globally included 19 of the 22 countries of the Eastern Mediterranean region, representing 97 per cent of the region’s population,” the official said.

The report also states that high-income countries in the Eastern Mediterranean region have higher fatalities compared to other such nations in other parts of the world.

According to the report, an estimated 127,260 persons were killed in the Eastern Mediterranean region in 2010, constituting ten per cent of the world’s estimated deaths in road crashes (about 1.24mn) in the same year, with a regional fatality rate of 21.3 per a 100,000 population.

“This compares to a global rate of 18.03 per 100,000 population and means the Eastern Mediterranean region has the second highest road traffic fatality rate in the world, after the African region (at 24.1 per 100,000 population),” the official said, adding, “Moreover, some of its countries have the highest road traffic fatalities in the world.”

According to the report, 45 per cent of road accident deaths in the Eastern Mediterranean region were of vulnerable road users – pedestrians (28 per cent), motorcyclists (14 per cent) and cyclists (3 per cent).

“Between the first and second global status reports for road safety in 2009 and 2013, an increase of more than 8mn vehicles was reported in the [Eastern Mediterranean] region,” he said.

Seventy five per cent of those killed in the region were males, and 60 per cent of those were in the age group of 15 to 44 years, the figures show.

“Data from the Global Status Report on Road Safety 2013 shows the high burden of road traffic injuries and resultant disabilities and deaths in the region,” the official said. He added that WHO will be organising the second UN Global Road Safety Week from May 6-12.

Death rate in GCC states (per 100,000 in 2010)

Oman 30.4

Saudi Arabia 24.8

Kuwait 16.5

Qatar 14.0

UAE 12.7

Bahrain 10.5

Road accident death rates in Oman third highest in Eastern Mediterranean region

Eastern Mediterranean region has second highest road accident death rate in world after African region

75% of those killed are males

(Source: WHO)

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