Piles killing drivers on our streets - Doctor reveals

Piles killing drivers on our streets - Doctor reveals

- A doctor has linked the rise in road accidents to hemorrhoids also called piles

- Archbishop Prof. Dr. Asafo-Agyei Anane Frimpong says drivers must be screened for piles

- Road accidents in the country continue to be on the rise and attracted the concern of the president

The cause of road accidents in Ghana has been linked to hemorrhoid, a popular medical condition in Ghana known as ‘kookoo’.

This is according to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Asafo-Agyei Hospital, Archbishop Prof. Dr. Asafo-Agyei Anane Frempong.

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The doctor has maintained that most drivers in Ghana are suffering from this condition which often leaves them in discomfort and pain when they drive. It is to this development that the pastor is calling for transport authorities to include hemorrhoids screening during driving tests as the surest way to reducing the carnage on the roads.

President of the republic, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo, has poured out his disappointment and worry over the increase in road accidents across the country.

From the beginning of the year, the country has suffered many road accidents with the recent being that which cost the life of dancehall artiste, Ebony and two other friends of hers. Nana Addo had once taken to his Facebook page saying that he had instructed the ministers of interior and roads to find immediate solutions to the menace of road accidents in the country.

Reports from the National Road Safety Commission A total of 2,076 people died in road traffic accidents in 2017. In fact, 514 females, comprising 379 above 18 years and 135 below 18 years, were killed in 2017.

The breakdown of the category of motor vehicles involved is 8,080 commercial vehicles, 8,877 private vehicles, and 3,487 motorcycles. The number of motorcycles involved in accidents recorded in 2017 was 3,487.

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Eastern Region tops regional breakdown of deaths. READ ALSO: Veteran actor and comedian, Super OD passes on The regional breakdown of persons killed from highest to lowest is Eastern – 374; Ashanti – 335; Accra – 296; Brong Ahafo – 253; Central – 193; Northern – 136; Tema – 125; Western – 125; Volta – 120; Upper West – 61; and Upper East – 58.

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