A new revelation has shown just how much Nigeria loses every year to road accidents around Nigeria.
Nigeria loses N80 billion annually due to road accidents, the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, said in Friday.
NAN reports that Mr. Adewole who made this known at a handover ceremony of 31 ambulances donated by the Japanese Government in Abuja, said Nigeria was among countries with the highest rates of vehicle accidents globally.
“As a matter of concern, next to Boko Haram Insurgency, road crash is the second highest source of violent death in Nigeria.
“According to FRSC reports, Nigeria is among the countries with the highest road accident rates in the world, having 5,400 deaths in 12,077 road crashes in 2015 and 18,353 people injured in road crashes between 2009 and 2013.
“According to WHO report in 2015, one in every four road crash deaths in Africa occur in Nigeria, having a higher death toll than malaria.
“Also, Nigeria loses about N80 billion annually to road accidents,’’ he said.
The minister said the donation of the ambulances was the outcome of a Memorandum of Understanding both parties signed in September 2016.
He added that the ambulances donated by the Japanese government would support the Federal government’s policy on emergency medical services, developed in 2016 in response to the trend of road accidents.
Mr. Adewole further said that the ambulances were to be distributed to selected tertiary health institutions in each state of the country.