WHO urges Kenya to prevent Drowning Deaths


World Health Organization (WHO) has urged Kenya and other countries to prevent drowning death as this is said to be one of the leading causes of death globally for children and young people between 1–24 years.

According to WHO, drownings deaths in Kenya reached 1,200 or 0.46 per cent of total deaths, placing Kenya number 103 in drawings in the world.

It was gathered that drowning claims more than 236 000 lives each year globally.

WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, in a statement:

“Every year, around the world, hundreds of thousands of people drown. Most of these deaths are preventable through evidence-based, low-cost solutions.

“Today, cities around the world are lighting up their monuments in blue light as a call to action for each of us to do our part to prevent drowning. Let’s put a stop to drowning.”

WHO recommended the six evidence-based measures to prevent drowning, including installing barriers, controlling access to water; training bystanders in safe rescue and resuscitation; teaching school-aged children basic swimming and water safety skills; providing supervised daycare for children; setting and enforcing safe boating, shipping and ferry regulations; and improving flood risk management.