Govt Acts to End Deaths along Nairobi-Nakuru Highway

  • Scene of accident along Nairobi Nakuru Highway on Tuesday, September 22, 2020.
    Scene of accident along Nairobi Nakuru Highway on Tuesday, September 22, 2020.
    The Standard
  • The government on Wednesday, September 23, launched the Nurse In Hand Highway Emergency Response Centre at Delamare, Naivasha.

    The centre has been established to provide road crash response along the Northern Corridor in order to reduce the high rate of fatalities that is mostly caused by the slow response of ambulances.

    Nurse in Hand is a mobile and web-based accident and emergency response platform that has geo-mapped Kenya’s accident and emergency response ecosystem.

    An image of Nurse in Hand
    The handing over ceremony of the Nurse In Hand Highway Emergency Response Center at Delamare, Naivasha.

    In case of an emergency, it activates the platform which then alerts the registered paramedics found within the geo-mapped area as well as classified hospitals.

    Speaking during the launch of the centre in Delamare, Naivasha, NTSA Board member Catherine Njeri lauded the support of the private sector in road safety management.

    In a statement by Vision 2030, which is the national long-term development blueprint, emphasized on campaigns promoting road safety.

    "We appreciate the commendable job of emergency responders such as Nurse in Hand who selflessly offer their services to accident victims.

    "Through collaborations and partnerships, we can create structures, initiate campaigns and drive programmes address road safety issues," read the statement.

    Kenyans were called upon to embrace matters roads safety as a personal responsibility by upholding and maintaining road safety at all times.

    The highway is important as it connects Kenya and the landlocked countries of Uganda, Southern Sudan, Rwanda and Burundi.

    This comes a day after an accident claimed the two lives on the spot, took place near Gilgil Town when a personal car and a matatu were involved in a head-on collision. 

    According to recent statistics, there is a 6.9 per cent increase in road accident deaths, with the majority of casualties being pedestrians, motorcycle riders and pillion passengers.

    An image of Naivasha accident
    An accident in Kayole Estate, Naivasha on Wednesday, August 12 involving multiple vehicles.