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Injuries Take a Devastating Toll: 32 Sri Lankans Die Daily, 12,000 Annually

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Injuries continue to exact a devastating toll on Sri Lankans, with at least 32 individuals succumbing to injuries every day, the Daily Mirror reported, referring to the latest data released by health authorities

This revelation underscores the profound impact of injuries as a leading cause of death in the country, claiming approximately 12,000 lives annually.

The statistics, disclosed in line with National Injury Prevention Week from July 01 to 07, emphasize that injuries constitute a significant public health challenge, particularly affecting individuals in the economically active age group of 15 to 44 years.

Further, over one million Sri Lankans require hospitalization annually due to injuries, reflecting a significant health challenge that affects nearly one-fifth of the population, with millions more needing medical attention for various injury-related complications.

Health officials emphasized the critical need for enhanced safety protocols, public awareness campaigns, and improved emergency response systems to mitigate the toll of injuries on the population.

They noted that injuries not only result in fatalities but also impose a substantial economic burden on families and the healthcare system.

Moreover, injuries are reported to be the 10th leading cause of hospital admissions in Sri Lanka, with severe injuries or their complications contributing significantly to mortality rates among hospitalized patients.

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