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WHO: Traffic Accidents Main Cause of Death among Teenagers in Southeast Asia

WHO: Traffic Accidents Main Cause of Death among Teenagers in Southeast Asia (healthy)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - World Health Organization Regional Director of the South East Asia Region (WHO SEARO) Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh said the main cause of death in young people was traffic accidents. According to Dr. Poonam, the number of traffic accidents is increasing and it is often found that many young people who drive are not careful.

Suicide is also a major factor in young people often facing challenges they cannot face themselves, such as depression. Thus, it is partnering with young people who are considered to be important partners who understand health problems.

The challenges faced by these young people, Poonam added, are important opportunities to exchange ideas or thoughts on the challenges faced. They face emotional challenges and usually they don't have the strength to face the challenge.

"So if we say that there is a problem about non-communicable diseases, what should be done? They immediately face it, but they must know how to prevent it from being infected, "said Poonam.

This was stated by Poonam in Youth Town Hall which involved youth representatives from 11 South East Asia Region member countries at Balai Kartini on Wednesday (03/20/2019). Youth Town Hall itself is an event organized by the Indonesian Ministry of Health together with WHO and CISDI.

Poonam also wants young people to be able to raise awareness for a healthy lifestyle. "We want these young people to be agents of change, we want them to have their own ideas about facing health challenges and they must contribute to that," he continued.

Indonesian Minister of Health Nila Moeloek also hopes that the young people will become agents of change in their respective countries.

"There are quite a lot of people from this young age and face demographic bonuses. We really want to hear about this event (Youth Town Hall) from young people and we hope that young people become Agent of Change to live healthy lives, "said Nila, as the statement from Netralnews received.

Nila explained that sometimes young people feel themselves healthy but not. Many are also mentally ill and can commit suicide.

"This is called Youth Town Hall. The present era is very open, meaning that the youth in this event discuss health problems faced by young people, so that they can become a basis for health policy, "Nila said.

The involvement of youth in determining health policy is very important given the many health problems faced by them.