GOVERNEMENT has submitted that road safety is a critical social economic development issue, which needs increased multi-sectoral approach.
Director of Mobile and Emergency Health Services from the Ministry of Health, Dr Gardner Syakantu said Zambia was grappling with road traffic fatalities despite Government’s enhanced interventions at various levels.
He said this in Brazil recently when he submitted the Zambian government national position on road safety at the second Global High Level Conference.
In a statement made available by RTSA Dr Syakantu said road safety was a critical social economic development issue, which needs increased multi-sectoral approach if any positive changes were going to be realised before 2020.
Dr Syakantu said the past two years had revealed some stability which needed to be maintained if significant changes were to be felt as Zambia moved towards the second half of the Decade of Action on Road Safety.
Meanwhile RTSA chief executive officer and director Zindaba Soko said in an interview in Brazil, that post-crash care was an important aspect to road safety management and the reduction of fatalities as a result of traffic crashes.
“Post-crash care response needs partnerships and financing considering that this is a highly specialised area and RTSA welcomes partnerships to complement its efforts. In fact post-crash care response can significantly help reduce traffic fatalities once they have occurred,” he said.
Mr Soko also noted that observations made by President Rousseff of Brazil on the importance of political interest in road safety, is a clear indication that road safety is indeed a governance issue.