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Drowning causes over 2.5 million deaths in last decade: WHO

World Health Organization (WHO) says that drowning has caused over 2.5 million deaths in the last decade. The overwhelming majority of these deaths 90 percent happen in low- and middle-income countries. It says that globally, the highest drowning rates occur among children aged 1–4 years, followed by children aged 5–9 years. This comes as the World Drowning Prevention Day is marked globally. The World Health Organization says that almost 236,000 people die of drowning every year globally. The human, social and economic toll of these losses is intolerably high, and entirely preventable. In Afghanistan, every year as the weather warms up, the number of deaths due to drowning in rivers increases because young people and teenagers go for swimming in summer. Since the summer season started in the country, several people have drowned and died in various provinces particularly in Laghman, Kunar, Nangarhar, Panjshir and Badakhshan. To mark this year’s World Drowning Prevention Day, PAHO will continue to focus on raising awareness on drowning as a public health issue, reminding people that anyone can drown, but no one should. In 2023, the 76th World Health Assembly adopted its first ever resolution on drowning prevention. The resolution accepts the invitation of the United Nations General Assembly for WHO to coordinate actions within the UN system on drowning prevention and facilitate the observance of World Drowning Prevention Day on 25 July each year. To mark this year’s World Drowning Prevention Day, WHO will continue to focus on raising awareness on drowning as a public health issue, reminding people that anyone can drown, but no one should. The organization is also raising awareness on the six evidencebased, low-cost drowning prevention interventions that countries and organizations can use to drastically reduce the risk of drowning. Drowning is one of the leading causes of death globally for children and young people aged 1-24 and is estimated that 236,000 people drown annually. More than 90 percent of drowning deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, with children under the age of five being at the highest risk. These deaths are frequently linked to daily, routine activities, such as bathing, collecting water for domestic use, traveling over water on boats or ferries, and fishing. The impacts of seasonal or extreme weather events – including monsoons – are also frequent causes of drowning. Most of these deaths are preventable, through evidence-based, low-cost solutions as installing barriers controlling access to water, providing safe places away from water such as creches for preschool children with capable childcare, teaching swimming, water safety, and safe rescue skills, training bystanders in safe rescue and resuscitation settings and enforcing safe boating, shipping, and ferry regulations and improving flood risk management. Monitoring Desk

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.