YEN BAI — The northern province of Yen Bai has put forward plans to reduce child drownings, which have been reported as "alarming" here.
Stiff measures include stricter co-ordination between schools and families, including swimming lessons in school curriculums, launching anti-drowning campaigns before and during summer breaks, establishing local voluntary child-care networks and promoting house safety criteria.
A nine-year-old boy from Vinh Lac Commune, Luc Yen District was drowned while swimming in a pond near his home earlier this week, bringing the total number of cases in the district to five this month alone. Dozens such cases are reported every year in the province. — VNS