Study Reveals: Rise in Transportation and Criminal Injuries in Yemen [Archives:2001/46/Local News]

November 12 2001

A study recently presented by Dr. Abdulsamad Al-Hakimi, emergency specialist and head of the Emergency Department at Al-Thawra Hospital about violent accidents and related emergencies revealed a significant increase in the number of injuries resulting from transportation and criminal cases in Yemen. “The aim of the study is to know the load of transportation and criminal injuries visiting the emergency department in Al-Thawra Hospital in Sanaa during 1998-2000.” Dr. Abdulsamad told Yemen Times.
The study revealed that the total number of transportation and criminal cases increased from 58,570 in 1998 to 65,235 in 1999 to 66,892 in 2000 indicating a significant rise. Among those cases 9%, 7%, and 7% respectively needed hospitalization to the emergency department.
According to the results of the study, Transportation injuries constituted 41.1% of the cases while assault resembled 35.9%, gun shots 12.6%, injuries from work 4.8%, injuries from falling down 4.6%, and dead bodies found 1%.
The ration of accidents by sex according to the study was 87.5-88.1% adult male, 9-9.3% children, and 2.6-3.6% adult female.
The study concludes by suggestion a re-planning strategy for the medical emergency services to cope with this increase trough helping carry out census statistical records according to geographic and population distribution all over the country.
Dr. Abdulsamad Al-Hakimi can be contacted by email at [email protected].