Accidents of different kinds kill up to 20 children every day in Vietnam, according to a report released Thursday at a conference in Hai Phong City.
At the conference titled "Preventing child injuries and accidents," the Children Protection and Care Department said half of the daily child deaths in Vietnam are caused by drowning, followed by traffic accidents, burning, falling and poisoning.
Most of the accidents are caused by the carelessness of parents and caregivers, the report said. In the Mekong Delta, 84 percent of child drownings is caused by the fact that the children cannot swim.
The report said that the rate of child drownings in Vietnam is eight times higher than that in developed countries.