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The rising rate of road accidents have brought with it more fatalities, and the statistic of the latter in Malaysia is now higher than the world average, if a report by the New Straits Times is to be believed.

According to deputy health minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahya, the nation’s traffic-related death-to-population ratio stands at 23.6 to 100,000 people, compared to the world average of 18 to 100,000 people.

The report noted that, by comparison, Australia has just four road deaths per 100,000 of its population, while the figure for the United Kingdom is 14 fatalities per 100,000 people.

At this rate, Malaysia would, said Hilmi, require many more emergency physicians within the next five years, to cope with so many road incidents – there are currently just 205 registered across the country.

“We need more well-run, efficient and effective emergency medical and trauma services,” he told reporters. “With the country having such a high number of deaths caused especially by road traffic accidents, we certainly need a higher number of emergency physicians from the present 205.”

Malaysian Society of Traumatology and Emergency Medicine president Prof Datuk Seri Dr Abu Hassan Asaari Abdullah agreed with Hilmi, adding that Malaysia is expected to increase the amount of its emergency physicians to around 600 in the next five years.