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East and Central African Journal of Surgery
Association of Surgeons of East Africa and College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa
ISSN: 1024-297X
EISSN: 2073-9990
Vol. 15, No. 2, 2010, pp. 24-27
Bioline Code: js10030
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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East and Central African Journal of Surgery, Vol. 15, No. 2, 2010, pp. 24-27

 en Motorcycle Road Traffic Injuries in Southern Nigeria: The Small Motorcycle as a Prevention Strategy
Nottidge, T. E.; Ekanem, U. S.; Ogunlade, S. O.; Ngim, N. E. & Mkpouto-Obong, E. S.

Abstract

Background: The commonest mode of public transportation in Uyo is by motorcycle. There are two sizes of motorcycle in common use - the big one (Qlink or Skygo model, made in China) and the small one (C90, made in China). The study was carried out to determine if there is a lower risk of RTI severe enough to be brought to the hospital, attributable to using a small motorcycle.
Methods: Motorcycle RTI victims admitted at the Accident and Emergency department of the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital (UUTH), were reviewed prospectively over a 15 month period. Three community visual surveys of the proportion of small to large motorcycles were also conducted.
Results: A total of 131 RTI victims were reviewed over 15 months. The visual surveys of motorcycles in Uyo revealed that the mean proportion of small to large is 38 to 62, a ratio of 1:1.6. Eighty-three (63.3%) of the 131 RTI′s involved motorcycles. 74 of these occurred in large motorcycles. There was a statistically significant relationship between motorcycle size and occurrence of an RTI severe enough to be brought to hospital.
Conclusion: There is a lower risk of RTI severe enough to be brought to hospital, from using a small motorcycle.

 
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