One per hour, twenty-seven per day are killed by accidents in Sri Lanka: Dr. Thilak Siriwardana


People are killed at a rate of one per hour and twenty-seven per day in Sri Lanka due to various types of accidents, Non Communicable Diseases (NCD) Unit Director of the Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Ministry Dr. Thilak Siriwardana said.

Furthermore 10,000 people die annually by accidents, he added.

Dr. Thilak Siriwardana said this while addressing a media briefing at a health seminar held at the Health Education Bureau in Colombo yesterday.

Siriwardana said that every year, four million Sri Lankans seeks medical treatment for injuries caused by accidents and one in five individuals seek medical treatment.

Each minute an individual sustains injuries by an accident and four-hundred-and-eighty individuals sustains injuries by accidents every hour. Likewise, 11,000 individuals sustains injuries daily by accidents.

Dr. Siriwardana pointed out that deaths caused by accidents stands at the 11th place from hospital deaths in Sri Lanka.

Around 10,000 persons die from miscellaneous accidents, 3000 die due to road traffic accidents and 1,000 are drowned each year.

The Government spends a large amount of money to treat accident victims, he said.

Most accidents are caused by animal bites and second highest number of accidents are caused due to falls.   

The National Accident Prevention week will be held from September 18 to 22, islandwide.

Dr. Thilak Siriwardana said that five days are allocated to bring awareness on prevention of accidents caused in the road, at work places, at home, at preschools and within school premises, respectively. 

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