Qatar is witnessing an increase in motorbike accidents after Covid-19 restrictions on restaurants came into effect and home delivery began to flourish, a healthcare official told local Arabic daily Arrayah.
"Since the Covid-19 outbreak, there has been a noticeable increase in the number of injuries
Dr Aisha Abeid
caused by motorcycle accidents," explained Dr Aisha Abeid, Assistant Director, Assistant Director of the Hamad Injury Prevention Program (HIPP) at Hamad Medical Corporation's (HMC) Hamad Trauma Centre.
This is a result of closure or capacity restriction of restaurants and the increasing reliance on home deliveries for which motorbikes are mostly used. However, injuries caused by other accidents declined by 11% during 2020, compared to 2019.
Hamad Trauma Centre receives various types of cases ranging from road and workplace accidents and burn injuries. Road accidents account for 40% of the total cases.
“There is a slight decrease in the number of injuries in the Sealine and many other regions and we hope that the number of injuries will decrease further,” she said. The centre is carrying out several programmes while raising awareness on many topics, including preventing home injuries, among the public through social media campaigns and workshops.