First 7000 newborn babies in Qatar during Ramadan will receive baby car seats
The Supreme Council of Health, Ministry of Interior and Maersk Oil have launched a new baby car seat initiative, en effort that is part of the ‘One Second’ road safety campaign. This new initiative promotes the use of car seats for the young and vulnerable and as part of it, new car seats will be distributed to the first 7000 newborn babies at the Women’s Hospital starting from the first day of Ramadan.
This initiative is part of the third goal of the National Health Strategy led by the Ministry of Interior, which is to raise awareness of seat belts and car seats for kids, all of which are part of creating societal awareness for safety and security procedures on roads.
Parents must take all possible measures to protect their kids, strapping them into car seats should certainly be one of them. In a press statement issued to the media, Traffic Department director Brigadier Mohamed Saad al-Kharji commented on how parents must be role models for their children. “Parents must be good role models for their kids by wearing their seat belts at all times. They shouldn’t use seat belts only when they see a policeman or police car in the vicinity.”
Sheikh Faisal Bin Fahad Al Thani, Deputy Managing Director at Maersk Oil Qatar, added “The safety of our children is a duty and responsibility of everyone. Every year, we lose many children in accidents as a result of neglecting their safety in cars. So, the current initiative reflects Maersk Oil’s interest in continuing efforts of the ‘One Second’ brand, launched recently by the Ministry of Interior in collaboration with Maersk Oil Qatar.”
According to Hamad Medical Corporation’s Trauma Center at the Department of Surgery, none of the child trauma victims admitted to Hamad General Hospital were in child restraints and 10% of them suffered lethal injuries. The mortality rate is double for children riding in the front seat during a crash. For children between 0 and 4 years in Qatar, injuries are the fourth leading cause of death, responsible for 3.5% of all infant deaths, with 30% involving unrestrained child passengers. Read more here about why you should fasten belts.