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Traffic accidents costs the government 1.8% of the Gross Domestic Product

Trauma specialist, Dr. Alejandro Soto Méndez says that hospital care for victims of traffic accidents costs the government around 1.8% of the Gross Domestic Product. He said that the greatest part of the nation’s medical budget is being dedicated to care for trauma victims.

Dr. Soto Mendez said the 911 Emergency System has improved first aid and transport reducing deaths and permanent injuries caused by the traffic accidents. The Dominican Republic is the second leading country in the world in traffic accident deaths and injuries.

He spoke to kick off a series of workshops to prepare Dominican staff at the UNPHU Medical School for emergency care and response. The training workshops are organized and led by the Centro de Operaciones y Simulación Médica Objetivamente Sistematizada (COSMOS) of the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña (UNPHU). Participating are experts of the Dominican Chapter of the Trauma of the Dominican Society of Surgeons, now authorized by the United States American Surgery Society to train Dominican physicians.

Dr. Soto Mendez lamented that there may be up to 40,000 traffic related fatalities of 15 to 45 year over the next 20 years if the current trends are not reversed.

Source: DR1, Metrord

May 9, 2017

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