NRSC road accident statistics deceptive – Senior Pathologist Challenges

A senior pathologist with the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) Dr Osei Sampene is challenging road accident statistics churned out by the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC).

Recent road statistics suggest that close to two thousand two hundred (2,200) people died in road accidents in the year 2016 with the figures projected to escalate this year.

But according to Dr Sampene, KATH alone sees an average of four cases from road accidents each day.

He contends the figures could be higher especially when other private mortuaries are also recording other cases not reported to KATH.

“Sometimes when I look at the accident figures especially the ones the NRSC gives out, I ask myself who is deceiving who?. Komfo Anokye alone on daily basis records not less than four or five road traffic accidents. Formally, it used to be bigger margins than this because now, a lot of private morgues are all over and sometimes when these people die, they are taken to the private morgues and they are not accounted for,” he said.

Dr. Osei Sampene also asked that the NRSC also averts its attention to the number of people with peculiar medical conditions, driving without taking their medications as one of the major causes of road accidents.

“There are drivers who are hypertensive and not taking their drugs and they are driving. Drivers who are epileptic not taking their medications; drivers with cataract not going for proper eye checkups and yet they are driving,” he fumed.

Dr Sampene also lashed out at driving schools “in the business of advertising for students with the promise of getting them automatic drivers’ licenses’.

By: Ghana/ Heathcote-Fumador