World Bulletin/News Desk
Drowning is among the ten leading causes of child and youth deaths and claims the lives of 372,000 people each year across the world, said the World Health Organization's (WHO) first global report on drowning released on Monday.
"The highest rates for drowning are among children under five years of age," according to the report.
WHO Director General Margaret Chan said that :" Efforts to reduce child mortality have brought remarkable gains in recent decades, but they have also revealed otherwise hidden childhood killers."
Drowning causes more deaths among children under 15 years old than measles or tuberculosis, the report said.
WHO official Etienne Krug told reporters in Geneva that drowning occurs in bathtubs, buckets, ponds, rivers, ditches and pools as people go about their daily lives.
The report also said that over half of drowning deaths were among people aged under 25 years.
Males are twice more likely to drown than females, according to the report.
It also added that more than 90 percent of drowning occurs in low and middle income countries.
Africa comes on top of the list of drowning cases, followed by South East Asia and Western Pacific regions.
The report also calls for action to prevent drowning by teaching school-age children basic swimming lessons, water safety and safe rescue skills.Last Mod: 18 Kasım 2014, 11:34