Chennai: In a move that can significantly help save thousands of lives in the city every year, The Spinal Cord Society, Indian Orthopaedic Association (IOA), Association of Spine Surgeons of India (ASSI) and Indian Spinal Injuries Centre (ISIC) in association with 10 other societies, have launched the first-ever National Injury Prevention Week under the aegis of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).
The program, launched in 10 cities across India including the national capital, will continue till 7 September with the aim of building awareness about injury prevention through education, research, and advocacy.
“Road crashes and falls are among the top reasons of injury in India. In fact, India accounts for about 10 per cent of road crash fatalities worldwide, comprising a large number of youths between 18 and 35 years. In 2017, 26,896 adults in India died due to non-usage of seat-belts,” said Dr H S Chhabra, president, Spinal Cord Society.