The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has said that Nigeria loses over N80 billion annually to road accidents.
Mr Adewale was speaking at a handover ceremony of 31 ambulances donated by the Japanese Government in Abuja. The minister said Nigeria was amongst the countries with high road accident rates.
The minister said road accidents were the second major course of death in Nigeria after the terrorist group Boko Haram.
The minister said “According to FRSC reports, Nigeria is among the countries with the highest road accident rates in the world, having 5,400 deaths in 12,077 road crashes in 2015 and 18,353 people injured in road crashes between 2009 and 2013.”
“According to WHO report in 2015, one in every four road crash deaths in Africa occur in Nigeria, having a higher death toll than malaria.”
The minister said the ambulances donated would support the federal government policy on emergency medical services, developed in 2016 in response to the trend of road accidents.
The donation of the ambulances was the outcome of a Memorandum of Understanding both parties signed in September 2016.