Around 2.5 Million People Died By Drowning In The Decade To 2019: WHO
Muhammad Irfan 2 months ago Fri 23rd July 2021 | 07:15 PM
GENEVA, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News / WAM - 23rd Jul, 2021) Drowning is now a leading cause of death for children aged under five in many countries, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said Friday.
Sunday marks the first World Drowning Prevention Day -- a timely reminder in the northern hemisphere, as the summer months correlate with a peak in drowning deaths.
The WHO said that around 60 percent of all drowning deaths were among those under the age of 30, with the highest rates among children aged under five.
He said the "shocking numbers" included an estimated 236,000 people in 2019 alone who lost their lives due to drowning.
Flood-related mortality, deaths due to water transport accidents and intentional drownings are not included in the overall statistics.
"Drowning is now a leading cause of death for children under the age of five, in many, many countries," Meddings said.
Drowning rates in low- and middle-income countries are more than three times higher than in high-income nations.
The WHO said drowning disproportionately affected poor and marginalised communities which have the fewest resources to adapt to the risks around them.
Meddings said simple steps could prevent many deaths, such as installing barriers around wells, providing safe places for children to play away from water, and teaching youngsters basic swimming and water safety skills.
Greater training in safe rescue and resuscitation techniques would also help people to assist anyone who is drowning.
Enforcing safe shipping loading and ferry regulations, and improving flood risk management, are two other interventions recommended by the WHO.