According to a study by an NGO called Global Health Advocacy Incubator, 1,512 people have Death by drowning in Bangladesh in the last 19 months.
Of these, 1,332 fell into the water and died. The rest died in various boat accidents.
This information is based on the news published in the media from January 2012 to July 23 this year.
During this period, the highest number of drowning deaths occurred in the Kurigram district. About 63 people. The rate of this accident seems to increase as soon as the rains come.
Experts say the prolonged floods and waterlogging in the region have caused so many deaths.
In addition, the latest report of the Bangladesh Health and Injury Survey also found that drowning is the number three cause of injury and death in Bangladesh.
However, this is now the main cause of infant mortality. Eighty percent of those who have died in the last 19 months are children.
In addition, research by The Center for Injury Prevention and Research Bangladesh (CIPRB) and ICDDR’B found that about 14,000 children drown each year.
In other words, an average of 40 children drowns every day. 30 of them are less than five years old.
On the other hand, according to the World Health Organization, at least one lakh children were injured by drowning in Bangladesh, out of which 13,000 became crippled.
Although the prevention of various diseases has been included in the SDGs to reduce human mortality in Bangladesh, the prevention of drowning deaths has not been given importance there.
As a result, although the infant mortality rate due to illness has decreased, the death rate due to drowning remains the same.
An organization called Samasthi has been working on this for a long time. Director Mir Masroor Zaman identified some of the main reasons behind such deaths.
He said the main reason for children is that they do not have parental supervision at some point during the day.
And since most areas of Bangladesh are surrounded by rivers, canals, beels, ponds, children inadvertently drown in these water bodies.
On the other hand, in the case of everyone, big or small, the main reason for drowning is the lack of learning to swim.
In addition, boat accidents, floods, waterlogging, and slow rescue operations are also considered as one of the leading causes of drowning deaths.
In this case, daycare should be provided to keep the children under supervision during the day, fencing around the water body and creating obstacles to make it compulsory to learn swimming from school to community level and ensure safe navigation. Zaman.
He said various non-governmental organizations are working on this, but if the government works in the light of specific policies in this regard, the work will continue after the development agencies leave. Death can be prevented.
Last April, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution recognizing drowning as a silent epidemic.
Since then no official initiative has been taken.
However, a project is awaiting approval in 16 accident-prone districts, said Nargis Khanam, joint secretary at the Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs.
He said there will be daycare services for children aged 1-5 from 9 am to 2 pm and swimming for children aged 8 to 10.
Nargis Khanam hopes the project will be passed by the ECNEC by October. And work will start in six months.
Meanwhile, the Department of Health drafted a national strategy to prevent drowning four years ago, but it is still not finalized.
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