|Drowning is one of the major causes of fatalities amongst children. At least 90 per cent of children are expected to use life jackets while traveling on waterways by 2020. — Photo vietnamplus.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — Although accidental injury prevention measures have been adopted over the last few years, the number of child deaths in Viet Nam remains high.
This was announced at the Accidental Injury Prevention Programme Development Conference for the 2016-20 period, held by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs yesterday in Ha Noi.
The programme under development by the ministry has estimated funds of VND670 billion (US$30 million).
Of this total, VND160 billion ($7 million) comes from the state budget, VND420 billion ($19 million) is from the local budget and the rest will be mobilised from international sources.
The programme aims to avoid injuries and fatalities amongst children, especially those caused by drowning and traffic accidents, Deputy Head of Child Care and Protection Department under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Vu Thi Kim Hoa said.
Measures to prevent injury amongst children in the coming period will focus on eliminating the risk of accidents such as drowning, traffic accidents and poisoning.
Accidental injury amongst children is a pressing problem around the world, especially in Viet Nam, where the rate of accidental injuries and deaths is among the highest in the world and region.
Some 18 children aged 0-19 years died of accidental injuries each day in Viet Nam in 2013.
Among the sources of fatalities and injuries are drowning, traffic accidents, falling from a height and severe burns, as well as being bitten by animals and being cut with pointed objects; drowning and traffic accidents are the most common.
The programme aims to build five million safe houses, 7,000 safe schools and 1,000 communes with safe community standards.
It also aims to see a 10 per cent decline in road accidents affecting children and a 10 per cent decline in drowning cases, compared to figures for 2015.
By 2020, the government aims to see at least 90 per cent of children using life jackets and life bags while traveling on waterways and 100 per cent of public pools and beaches in tourist areas holding a safety licence. —VNS