The data showed that drowning is one of the leading causes of death among Vietnamese children aged 5-14.
According to the Ministry of Labour, Disabled People and Social Affairs, up to 113 children drowned in Vietnam in the first five months of this year.
Fourteen children have drowned across the country in the last two weeks of April alone, the Lao Dong newspaper quoted the ministry’s report as saying.
Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh recently asked ministries, agencies and municipalities to strengthen measures to prevent child drowning and ensure child safety.
The Prime Minister instructed the Ministry of Education and Training to promote awareness, knowledge and skills in swimming and life-saving activities in schools, especially before the summer holidays, and to organize swimming lessons and cooperation between schools and families to supervise and guide students during holidays and breaks. to ensure their safety.
The Ministry of Health has been asked to guide medical facilities in providing first aid to drowning children.
So far, the Ministry of Labour, Disabled and Social Affairs will coordinate with relevant agencies to complete teaching materials on water safety skills for children. The kit is currently being tested in 10 cities and provinces.
“We have asked municipalities to list dangerous areas where children can swim. Warning signs and barricades at these points.” said an official from the Ministry of Labour, Disabled People and Social Affairs.
According to the report, the number of drowning cases has decreased by 100 each year. About 50.3 percent of the country’s primary and secondary school students have been trained in drowning prevention.
Drowning is not only a leading cause of death for children in Vietnam. In the United States, more children aged 1 to 4 die from drowning than any other cause of death except birth defects. For children aged 1-14, drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death from motor vehicle accidents. that of the US CDC reported.