March 20 is observed as “World Head Injury Awareness Day” under WHO. University Medical &Dental College organized a seminar to create awareness among the youth. The event was presided by Prof Dr A G Rehan, Principal UMDC/ Head Department of Surgery, Madinah Teaching Hospital, while Dr Akmal Hussain, Neuro surgeon, Allied Hospital Faisalabad was the guest speaker.
Dr Saira Saleem, Asst Professor Department of Surgery, in her address highlighted the aims and objectives of observing the day. Dr Akmal Hussain said that Pakistan has high road accident rate and due to the lack of awareness of road safety measures and inadequate medical facilities particularly in rural areas. Pakistan is facing highest average of Trauma. They said that according to a report by WHO, road traffic accidents kill at least 5000 and injure 12,000 persons in Pakistan every year. About 1.2 million people are killed and 50 million are injured due to road traffic accidents each year worldwide.
Prof Dr A G Rehan was of the view that head injury is one of the most frequent causes of death in road traffic accidents. Most of the deaths occur on spot before any life support can be given to these subjects.
The experts stressed the need of fastening the seat belts while driving and use of helmet during the biking. They suggested that by adopting the safety measures these fatal head injuries can be avoided.