*says 41,709 died from accident recently
By; NICHOLAS DEKERA, Kaduna
The Medical Director, St. Gerald’s Catholic Hospital Kaduna, Dr. Shurkuk Clestus Bako has fingered timely and effective first aid administering on accident victims as panacea for accident deaths in Nigeria.
Delivering a talk on First Aid for Accident Victims on Saturday in Kaduna at the Media Health Day organised by Catholic Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria (CAMPAN) Kaduna State Chapter, Shurkuk maintained that” data from Federal Road Safety and National Bureau for statistics says 41, 709 persons died in Nigeria between 2013 and 2020 in road accidents.”He said World Health Organization predicts 40% increase in global death due to injuries by 2030.
Shurkuk revealed that to reduce accident deaths, Nigerians must ensure safe driving, and calling for help and rushing patients to health facilities, assessment of patients, checking for obstruction in the mouth or throat, performing CPR if there is no pulse and keeping patient in recovery position.
In his welcome address, the Chaplain Catholic Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria (CAMPAN) Kaduna State Chapter, Reverend Father Stephen Onyema who commended participants for coming, reemphasized the essence of healthy living, thanking the National Eye Centre, St. Gerald’s Catholic Hospital and Sky View Scan and Laboratory for the support in ensuring that the Media Health Day was a success.
Also speaking, the Chairman Catholic Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria Kaduna State Chapter Comrade Nicholas Dekera maintained that the awareness for health is key in eliminating illness orchestrated poverty and ensuring safer society.
Dekera stressed that members must be more conscious of health issues and also embark on regular medical check-up to keep their families safe.