Sudan: Traffic Accidents in Sudan Kill 2,000 People Every Year - Minister

Khartoum — The Sudanese minister of interior Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid has revealed that 2,000 people in Sudan die each year in traffic accidents.

FILE - A man walks between traffic in Sudan's capital Khartoum, August 8, 2007 (Reuters)

The minister further added that reports of the medical commission show that 60% of the cases treated abroad are caused by traffic accidents.

He announced that his ministry is conducting a traffic safety program which aims to reduce traffic accidents to 20% compared to 80% at its peak.

Hamid, who was addressing the closing session of the training course on traffic education for primary and high school teachers on Thursday, said that traffic accidents causes the death of 13 million people around the world each year as well as 20-50 million disabilities.

He pointed to the negative impact of traffic accidents on economy and development, calling for integrating traffic safety in urban planning in urban and rural areas.

The minister of education, Suad Abd Al-Razig, for her part, said that the large number of private vehicles in Khartoum state does not help in regulating traffic safety and urged authorities to offer buses for transportation.

The rapporteur of the coordination council for traffic safety Tag al-Din Wadidi, said that the training program targeted 2,177 teachers, adding that their goal was to enhance traffic safety awareness and build a generation of youths acquainted with the traffic culture.

Khartoum state minister of education, Muatasim Abd Al-Raheem, disclosed that hundreds of schools are built adjacent to main streets which endanger students' lives, acknowledging the engineering defect and calling for its correction.

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