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Drowning accidents among local children top world list

Drowning accidents among local children top world list

CENTRAL NEWS AGENCY
A report conducted by the Cabinet-level Department of Health shows that drownings of Taiwan children aged under 14 tops a world list.
The report, which was conducted by the Children's Health Promotion Committee under the DOH, collected and analyzed data from 21 Asian and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development member countries.
According to the report, Taiwan topped the list at 1.8 children among 100,000, followed by South Korea at 1.2 children per 100,000.
Meanwhile, motor vehicle accidents are also a big threat to the lives of Taiwan children, with the child death rate in traffic accidents reaching 2.7 children per 100,000, the third-highest on the list. South Korea topped the list in this category with 4.2 deaths per 100,000 children, followed by Portugal with 3.5 deaths per 100,000 children.
Lin Hsiou-chuan, a professor in pediatrics at National Cheng Kung University's College of Medicine and CEO of the committee, claimed that Taiwan's high drowning rate among children is due mainly to its geographic environment. Taiwan is surrounded by sea, with many fast rivers, which makes for higher rates among children during the summer, said Lin.
Lin added that although the government has imposed stricter regulations on motorcycle driving without helmets and drunken driving, there is still much room for improvement in child safety in driving.


Updated : 2021-05-16 15:32 GMT+08:00