AMU faculty delivers keynote speech at UP Dental Conference
ALIGARH November 13: Prof Ghulam Sarwar Hashmi, Chairman, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Aligarh Muslim University delivered the keynote address on ?Mandibular Fracture in General Dentistry? at the 40th UP Dental Conference held at Agra.
In his presentation, Prof Hashmi observed that the maxillofacial trauma has increased from 11% -40% during the last 40 years. In 1975, Oikarinen & Lindquist studies showed that out of 729 trauma patients, 11% were facial bone fractures while in 2014, the facial bone fractures dramatically increased by a margin of 30-40% of all fractures, according to the National Highway Authority of India. The authority attributed these fractures to unsafe and untrained driving, driving without seat belt and helmet and not following the traffic norm.
Prof Hashmi said that as per a World Bank report, India has the largest number of deaths due to accident. He further said that 140 persons in India died out of vehicular accidents while in US this figure amounted to only two. This figure is even better in the neighboring country, Pakistan, with 32.5 percent of accidental deaths.
Prof Hashmi, who also chaired a scientific session at the conference, emphasized that only best roads and safest cars will not help reduce the number of accidental deaths, however, it can be reduced by 30% if better medical aid is provided in the first hour of accident, which is called Golden Hour.
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