An event on the safety of children has been organized in Phan Nga province. The focus of the event is the prevention of drowning, which is the leading cause of death among children in Thailand.
Governor of Phang Nga province Siriphat Phatthakun presided over the opening ceremony of a talent show by students in a project to prevent child drowning. The project is a collaboration of the Health and Safety for Youth Project, Save the Children, small child development centers, schools and communities in Takua Pa and Takua Thung districts.
The drowning prevention project seeks to raise awareness and create an understanding of water safety among parents, caregivers and communities. Statistics suggest that drowning kills more than 130,000 children aged below 15 years each year, or 400 children per day worldwide. In Thailand, four children aged below 15 years drown each day on average. Only two million of the 13 million Thai children nationwide can swim.
At the opening ceremony, the participants learnt how to revive drowning people, perform CPR and use lifejackets. There were also games and exhibitions to educate the participants about how to rescue children out of their depth.