Drowning cases on the rise in Qatar

Drowning is a leading cause of death and serious disability in children in Qatar 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 Centre Dr Khalid Abdulnoor Saifeldeen.

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.

As much as 90% of cases of drowning involve children aged 10 or under, with 70% younger than four years old. “Most drowning incidents in Qatar occur at home, in private swimming pools and bathtubs. Some incidents of drowning do occur in the sea because families often go to the beach for picnics and leisure activities at this time of year,” said Dr Saifeldeen. “Almost all the drowning incidents in swimming pools in Qatar happen when the parents are not present and either one child or a group of children are left to swim alone by themselves.”

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Source News: Gulf Times