How to prevent drowning this summer

 

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

With temperatures rising constantly to insufferable levels due to El Nino this season, parents are wont to bring their children to beaches and resorts. But not all beaches and resorts employ adequate numbers of life guards and first aid practitioners to cope with growing numbers of deaths from drowning.

 

Rep. Frederick Siao, lone district of Iligan and vice chair of the house tourism committee, reminded parents to keep their young away from drowning hazards.

 

"Drowning is a leading cause of death among children and teens especially during summer. Many of these tragedies happen in swimming pools and public beaches, " Rep. Frederick Siao, author of House Bill 3495 (Drowning Prevention Act) said.

 

His bill likewise seeks to mandate swimming as a required subject in K-to-12 basic education curriculum to reduce incidence of death from drowning during natural calamities or recreational aquatic activities.

 

A report of the World Health Organization showed that 372,000 people worldwide die because of drowning, mostly in the Philippines because they don’t know how to swim.

 

Drowning is a leading cause of accident deaths from 1980 to 2011 which recorded 2,496 deaths average yearly. Yet this figure is under-reported.

  

"Drowning is completely avoidable if parents keep very close watch over the kids. Unfortunately, most pools and beaches do not have trained lifeguards, so safety is really their prime responsibility," Siao, a former Sports Director of Iligan City, said.

 

"Dapat may kasama na talagang marunong lumangoy at alam magbigay ng hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation," he added.

 

Siao said, "CPR must be done immediately because every second of not doing CPR is a step closer to death."

 

Siao also asked the Department of Interior and Local Government and Department of Tourism to "direct all LGUs to make sure trained lifeguards are always on duty at the private pools and public beaches."

 

"The adults must also be responsible. If you drink, do not swim because alcohol impairs swimming ability and judgment," he also said.

 

"In every barangay, there should be a team of tanods trained on drowning rescue and first aid," Siao asked of the DILG.

 

 

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