Free Medical Care for Victims in Response to Escalating Traffic Fatalities, Injuries

Mar 1 , 2023

Injured people from traffic accidents will receive free medical care if a new policy the Road Safety & Insurance Fund Service proposed will pass the votes at the Council of Ministers.

The move comes amid rising concerns over the increasing number of accidents and injuries on the country's roads. A total of 23,362 traffic accidents occurred in the first six months this year, resulting in 1,872 deaths and 2,888 injuries. It represents a 10pc increase in fatalities and a 5.8pc increase in injuries compared to the previous year. The majority of these accidents occurred in Addis Abeba and the Oromia Regional State.

The proposed policy follows a previous compensation scheme that saw accident victims receive 2,000 Br, an amount that Deputy CEO Fetiya Dedgaba deemed inadequate given the current economic climate.

The Road Safety & Insurance Fund Service was formed through the merger of several entities, including the National Road Safety Council Office, the Insurance Fund Service, and two directorates under the Ministry of Transport & Logistics. The new policy its officials push would provide free treatment for individuals involved in road traffic accidents, which is expected to address some of the financial burdens that often accompany such incidents.

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