Government spends RD$50 billion on treating road accident victims
Santo Domingo.- Speaking on the Agenda TV show on Telesistema on Sunday, the national health director, Ramón Alvarado, revealed that road accidents have become such a large-scale problem that the government spends more than RD$50 billion a year on medical treatment for victims.
Dr. Ramón Alvarado said that the clinical tests as well as the medication and other procedures carried out on patients with road accident injuries were extremely expensive. He added that some accident victims require lengthy rehabilitation in order to recover and are often permanently impaired.
Alvarado said that in almost all cases the people involved in road accidents are of working age, and that the losses that this represents for the country are impossible to calculate.
“This means that this is a problem on such a scale that the government has to spend more than 50 billion pesos each year just to treat the patients with injuries suffered in road accidents,” stated the National Health Director.
The official called on all sectors connected to the problem to join forces to try and reduce accidents on the country’s streets and roads.
Ramón Alvarado said that motorbike users, who comprise most of the victims, must use their safety helmets, as should their passengers.
He also called on drivers to abstain from drinking alcohol or taking other narcotic substances before driving, and urged them to respect traffic signs and drive at a sensible speed.
Sep 7, 2015
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