A file photo of a road accident in Egypt
Egypt's Ministry of Health announced in a statement on Wednesday the injury of 17 individuals – 14 students, a driver, and 2 bus supervisors – in a traffic accident involving a school bus in Giza.
Official Spokesperson of Health Ministry Khaled Megahed said in a statement that all injuries, except two cases, are stable and ranged from bruises, abrasions, to fractures.
Concerning the other two cases, Megahed said, a 6-year-old child and 35-year-old bus supervisor are in the intensive care.
He confirmed that all 17 cases received the necessary treatment and care in Al-Haram hospital after deploying 8 equipped ambulances to transfer them following the accident, the statement noted.
Deadly road accidents take place on a near-daily basis in Egypt, which suffers from poorly maintained road infrastructure and loosely applied traffic regulations, but the governmental efforts to upgrade roads have been fruitfully ongoing in recent years.
The number of road accidents fell by around 30 percent in 2019 to 9,992, down from 14,403 in 2014, according to data issued by the country's Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics in June.
In October, Minister of Planning and Economic Development Hala El-Said said that Egypt’s tendency to increase spending on roads and bridges in Egypt since 2018 has contributed to a decrease in the number of deaths resulting from road accidents during 2020.
El-Said pointed out that during the previous period, Egypt was able to achieve a great leap in the infrastructure sector, especially in the services of the field of transportation.
In 2019, Egypt was ranked 28th in terms of the quality of road infrastructure in the World Economic Forum's Global Competitive Report, up from the 118th place in 2014.