26 Jul 2005

Traffic injuries on rise in Marshall Islands - report

3:27 pm on 26 July 2005

The Marshall Islands medical society says injuries related to road traffic accidents are on the rise.

The newly-elected president of the society, Dr Kamal Gunawardane, says on average at least one person dies every month because of motor vehicle accidents.

The website yokwe DOT net reports Dr Guanawardane has distributed a public letter soliciting "support in taking actions on a concern that can potentially become a major public health problem.

The society notes there has been an enormous increase of motor vehicles on the road and the importation of vehicles to the Republic is minimally regulated.

It says the migration of people from outer islands to Majuro has created a population shift, which contributes to congestion.

The medical society urges Marshall Islanders to use seatbelts.