WHO Pledges US$1.3 Million to Reduce Road Toll

The World Health Organization (WHO) will inject US$1.3 million into a two-year project to reduce the number of accidents on Viet Nam’s roads, the Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday.

An accident on the road

Describing the situation as “alarming”, Ms. Nguyen Thi Hong Tu from the Medical Prevention Bureau told a press conference that 11,000 people were killed in the thousands of road accidents in Viet Nam every year.

Most notably, she said, people aged 14-24 made up 40 percent of the number of dead and seriously injured, yet only accounted for 20 percent of the population.

Road accidents cost Viet Nam some US$885 million a year, according to the Asian Development Bank’s reckoning. 


Reported by N.Khanh – Translated by Thuy Hang

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