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HAAD Highlights Importance of Child Car Seats during GCC Traffic Week 2017
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15 March 2017

Abu Dhabi, UAE – March 15, 2017: The Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD), the regulator of the healthcare sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, urges the Abu Dhabi community to use child car seats, stressing on their vital role in protecting children from fatal collision-related injuries. This came as part of HAAD’s participation in the GCC Traffic Week 2017, organised by the UAE Ministry of Interior being celebrated around the Emirates.

Car seats have a direct correlation on child safety; they can save lives in 80% of traffic-related cases. Car seats also protect children from other exposing risks such as being thrown out of the window in a collision, playing with locks or doors or disrupting a driver’s focus.


Dr. Jamal Al Mutawa, Manager of Community Health and Surveillance at HAAD said: “Our participation in Traffic Week 2017 is in line with efforts to apply our Injury Prevention Program which targets all age groups in the Emirate. It also reflects HAAD’s keenness to cooperate and coordinate with its strategic partners and stakeholders in order to protect people’s lives and reduce traffic injuries. We see this as an integral social responsibility, not only limited to concerned entities but to all other organisations and individuals”.

As part of its participation in the nation-wide campaign, HAAD, in collaboration with the Ministry of Interior, organized an event at Yas Marina Circuit to raise awareness on the importance of compliance with traffic safety regulations and the use of car seats for children while on road.

HAAD 2013 statistics showed that road injuries is the first cause of fatal injuries among children aged between 0 – 19 constituting 60% of such injuries. Therefore, HAAD is dedicated to reducing traffic accidents by raising awareness on the importance of following traffic safety regulations.

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