High number of accidents among healthcare personnel a cause for concern

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KUALA LUMPUR: The high number of commuting accidents involving healthcare personnel has prompted a reminder from their number one man to observe safe driving culture dilligently.

Health director general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a statement said a total of 554 cases were recorded between 2014 and 2016.

“Road accidents are considered a public health issue which has garnered considerable attention. Among the contributing factors are drivers who are tired and sleepy.

He said sleep deprivation among drivers leads to fatigue and this heighten the risk of accidents because of the lack of concentration or consciousness on the road.

“It also lessens the ability of drivers to react swiftly and safely when faced with a dangerous situation on the road,” Dr Noor Hisham added.

Given the nature of the work among healthcare officials who provide round the clock service, working odd hours comes with the job, he said adding many facilities or considerations are given to those who are required to work odd hours.

“The Health department will continue taking proactive measures to ensure the welfare and safety of its staff are looked after. All are urged to look after their well being and practise safe driving culture especially after finishing work.

“If they feel tired, they should take time to rest of sleep before driving. This is to make sure they drive safely on their way home to their families.” -NST

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