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Road Safety Must Be Considered Serious Health-Related Problem: President of Inter Parliamentary Union

Islamabad: President of Inter Parliamentary Union Duarte Pacheco said road accidents are one of the main causes of deaths every year across the world.

In his address at a Road Safety Conference for Parliamentarians organized by the International Parliamentarians Congress in Islamabad.

He said we should reduce accidental deaths for the sake of our society and economies.He said minimum safety standards should be ensured in the vehicles.

He said road safety must be considered a serious health-related problem due to its direct and indirect costs and called upon the parliamentarians to act together on national health safety programmes.

Deputy Head of the EU Delegation in Pakistan Thomas Seiler stressed the importance of a holistic approach to road safety and urged the governments and partners to implement an integrated safe system approach.

Director General World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in his video message mentioned that the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030 emphasized reduction of traffic deaths by half.

The conference discussed five pillars of road safety including safety management, safer roads and public mobility, safe vehicles, safer road users, and post–crash response.