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Jodhpur retreat says 'wear helmets' to prevent head injuries


Amrita Tripathi,CNN-IBN
Mar 13, 2013 at 12:38pm IST

Jodhpur: Many call India the head injury capital of the world. Nearly 2 lakh Indians die every year of head injuries, according to NIMHANS. The simplest preventive is getting people to wear helmets. That's the key message that came out of retreat in Jodhpur.

"India has dubious distinction of being head injury capital of the world. A friend of mine was killed only last month and no crash helmet," musician Sting said.

It's a simple enough message for a country with the highest rate of head injury where one in six trauma victims die. Maharaja of Jodhpur Gaj Singh said, "Simple, wear helmets, look left and right while crossing."

Neurosurgeon Dr Raj Narain said, "Head injuries are mainly due to auto accidents, but they are on the decline in the west because of seatbelts and air bags, but are on the rise in India."

Musician Sting and Dr Raj Narain who have helped develop traumatic brain injury guidelines in the US were in Jodhpur this past weekend, for a retreat, to help raise awareness and funds for the Indian Head Injury Foundation. It was set up in 2007 by the erstwhile Maharaj of Jodhpur Gaj Singh, after his son's terrible accident made him realise the lack of resources and attention devoted to the issue. In Jodhpur, Gaj Singh set up a centre up in his son's name.

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