BY Fredrick Ngugi, 9:09am December 28, 2017,

5 preventable incidents that hit Africa hard in 2017

A man reacts outside the entrance of Connaught Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone August 16, 2017. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Surprisingly, studies have shown that the leading cause of death in Africa is not HIV, cholera or malaria, but the seemingly inconsequential accidents happening on a daily basis, especially on the roads.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 90 percent of the world’s fatalities on the roads occur in low- and middle-income countries; despite the fact that these countries have approximately 54 percent of the world’s vehicles.

Apart from road accidents, there are many other incidents that continue to claim lives in Africa. Here are 5 preventable incidents that hit Africa hard in 2017.

Last Edited by:Ismail Akwei Updated: December 28, 2017


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