WHO: About 10.6 children per 100,000 people drown in Qatar
The average drowning rate among children aged 1-4 years in Qatar is about 10.6 per 100,000 people, a recent report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has revealed.
The report titled ‘Global Report on Drowning: Preventing a leading killer’ quotes figures from a 2011 study which indicated that about 20 people drowned that year.
According to the report published in The Peninsula, an average of 1.2 people out of every 100,000 drown in Qatar every year. Other GCC countries had similar drowning rates – 1.9 in Bahrain, 0.6 in Kuwait and 1.4 in Oman per 100,000.
The WHO has warned that drowning rates is especially highest among children below five years. In an earlier JustHere report, Hamad Medical Corporation said there were 25-30 near-drowning and drowning patients who get admitted every year in the hospital’s Pediatric Emergency Centre. Out of these 90% were children below 10 years, while 55% were children aged 1-4 years. Also, for 80% of the drowning cases, children were without adult supervision.
Sharing a few essential facts about drowning with JustHere, officials at HMC’s Trauma Section, had said: “Contrary to popular belief and movies, when a child drowns it is not a noisy event. Oftentimes, their head will simply slip under and the next thing noted is a floating lifeless body.
“Nothing works better to keep a child safe in the water than close, constant and capable adult supervision. ‘Close enough to touch’ is the dictum, especially with younger children in the bath, where as a little as five cm of water and immersion of a few minutes can lead to death or irreversible brain injury.” (Click here to read this report.)
The ‘Global Report on Drowning: Preventing a leading killer’ report by WHO can be viewed here.
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