HMC: 90% of drowning cases in Qatar involve children aged 10 or under
As temperatures and humidity continue to soar, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has urged families to pay attention to their children’s safety around swimming pools, the sea and other sources of water including those at home.
In Qatar, drowning is a leading cause of death and serious disability in children, and the number of child deaths from drowning is rising annually, according to Kulluna Health and Safety Campaign Chairman and head of HMC’s Hamad International Training Center Dr. Khalid Abdulnoor Saifeldeen. Ninety percent of cases of drowning involve children aged 10 or under, with 70 percent younger than four years old. “
Constant supervision is the key to keeping a child safe around water, stressed Dr. Saifeldeen. “Don’t leave children on their own around or in the water, even if they can swim, even if they’re wearing lifejackets. Supervision means you can see and hear them, and can reach them very quickly, because drowning can take seconds to happen and it often happens in silence.
“Always close the doors to bathrooms and drain paddling pools, baths and buckets immediately after use. About 70 to 80 percent of drowning cases happen when the child is not supposed to be in the water,” he added.
Kulluna highlights the following measures to keep children safe in and around water:
- Parents should ensure constant supervision
- Prevent unintentional access to sources of water
- Teach children how to swim
- Set clear rules for family members when near water and enforce them
- Wear lifejackets or personal flotation aids
- Learn how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)[/boxify]