Mar 7, 2011

WHO: Drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional death

World Health Organization (WHO) said that DROWNING is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional death worldwide. With 7% of injury-related death, there are estimated 388,000 death worldwide caused by drowning.

Drowning is the process of experiencing respiratory impairment from submersion in liquid that may cause death. It was in 2004 when the number of cases regarding drowning boomed to more than 300,000, making it a major public health problem all over the world. 

The following are the regions and economies that are more prone to drowning:
  • low- and middle-income countries which account for 96% of unintentional drowning deaths
  • WHO Western Pacific Region and WHO South-East Asia Region over 60% of the world's drowning
  • WHO African Region where the drowning death rates are highest and are more than eight times higher than in Australia or the United States of America (USA)
  • China and India have particularly high drowning mortality rates, when combined can contribute 43% of the world's drowning deaths and 41% of the total global DALYs (Disability-Adjusted Life Years) lost related to drowning
It is very important to be very vigilant whenever you go swimming. Whether it is in a swimming pool or not, safety must always come first. Children must be well-supervised because they are the the ones who are more prone to drowning.


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