New Delhi: Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said that Union Minister Gopinath Munde, who died in a road accident this week, could have been alive if he was wearing a seat belt. He appealed to people to use seat belts while travelling even on the back seat.
"To a very large extent, the importance of the use of a seat belt is very important in the prevention of injuries and in this case a fatal injury. If Mr Munde was wearing a belt then the impact of that shock could not have taken that kind of a toll that it took. It cost him his life. We could have probably saved the liver from the impact of the shock. We could've saved the spine form the impact of the shock," Harsh Vardhan said.
Stressing on the importance of the seat belt, Harsh Vardhan said, "When you are literally not aware of what's going to happen the next second, then your body cannot basically absorb the shock but the belt helps absorbing the sudden uninvited shock. This is very important. Most people think that if you are sitting in the rear seat, you need not wear the seat belt. So I advise everyone, particularly young children who have many years ahead of them, to serve themselves and their families, to use the seatbelt whether you're sitting in the front or the back."
Munde, a popular backward class leader from Maharashtra, died due to shock and haemorrhage following injuries to his neck and liver in a road accident in Delhi on June 3.
Harsh Vardhan appealed to the people to 'treat their seat belts as their friends'. "I want to appeal to the countrymen to please take you seat belt as your friend. The way Mr Munde died because of sheer impact of trauma. His liver was bleeding," Harsh Vardhan said.
He also said that VVIPs should move on the roads like normal citizens. "VVIPs should move like normal citizens, instructions should come from the top. Things will change in the times to come. Our PM has a different wavelength, we will certainly try and change the way the country is," he said.
"We should have more pickets but I advise people to look at their drinking habit. Prevention is better than cure," he added.