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It was not only fashionable but life saving for motorcyclists to use
helmet while transiting in the 70s and 80s.Limited best practise based on
knowledge couple with deteriorating standard of education and not only
cost and warm climate may be the attributing factors resulting in the
decline of helmet use in the present Nigeria.
Also, cultural or perhaps religious reasons may explain the use...
Also, cultural or perhaps religious reasons may explain the use of
helmet: a typical Nigerian Northerner may decline helmet use since; it
will compromise his wearing of the ‘Ulla’- traditional hat. The later is
made of cotton fabric that cannot withstand impact on the road should
there be collision. Elsewhere, the use of helmet is seen as a colonial
imposition that should be resisted similar to the phobia for seat belts
use in commercial vehicles. This Author was queried on several occasions
by commercial vehicle Drivers, if he was a Caucasian to insist on the seat
Enacting laws and enforcing same with policing by Road Safety
Commission is wishful thinking since, it is not in our nature to respect
laws whose benefits may not be immediately appreciated.
The best option to a sustainable helmet use in Nigeria anchors on
sound health promotion advocacy which should compliment the knowledge of
injuries; morbidity and mortality related to Motorcyclist/Bicyclist who
did not use helmet while on motion. The relative cost of helmet oppose to
hospitalization cost and probably the risk of disability and death.
I am sure with time, People's altitudes will change and it will be
natural to adopt invaluable safety practises with the hope of preventing
injuries caused by not using helmet. Evaluation of such a process will be