The Government has decided to introduce national policies with regard to the prevention and management of accidents and concerning sanitation.
The Cabinet approved a proposal by Minister of Health Dr. Rajitha Senaratne in relation to the former and a policy presented by Minister of City Planning and Water Supply Rauf Hakeem regarding the latter.
Owing to the many annual deaths and hospitalizations that result from accidents, Dr. Senaratne’s proposal has sought to obtain the required political and institutional cooperation for the implementation of such a policy in this regard.
It has to be noted that the Government has to make a considerable monetary allocation for expenditure in relation to treating those hospitalized due to accident related injuries.
While the majority of such accidents are road traffic related and involve vehicles, most of those who succumb to injuries sustained from such accidents are reported to be between the ages of 15 and 44, an age category which includes those most contributing to the country’s economy.
Meanwhile, the policy presented by Hakeem was approved after it had been recompiled following initial submission for approval by the Cabinet, incorporating observations put forward by certain stakeholders including the national steering committee appointed in this regard to improve the content of the said policy, the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development and the Ministry of Education amongst others.