Drowning and traffic accidents are responsible for killing the most children between ages 1-19 in Vietnam, officials said at a Hanoi conference Tuesday.
Figures from the city/provincial Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs nationwide showed that more than 75,000 accidents involving children happened every year, and that 46 percent of the deaths were caused by drowning.
Many children also die from suffocation, burning or from falling due to adults' carelessness, Dam Huu Dac, deputy minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, said at the conference.
Dac called for more commitment from concerned agencies and support from international organizations to construct a network to help children live and grow in a safe environment.
He said agencies should cooperate in setting up a national program to prevent accidents involving children, such as showing parents how to keep children safe in the home.