Vietnam apparently needs to do a lot more to create a safer environment for children, as new figures showed that drowning and road crashes still kill or injure hundreds of them every day.
Figures from the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs released at a press conference Wednesday showed that 580 children fall victims to injurious or fatal accidents every day.
At least 20 of them are killed on a daily basis in the accidents, with road crashes and drowning identified as the leading causes.
The number of victims is eight times that of developed countries and higher than many Southeast Asian neighbors, according to the ministry’s figures.
The press briefing was held to launch an action month starting May 28 to come up with programs to increase safety for children.
Vietnam’s social affairs ministry last November initiated a five-year campaign which is expected to spend around $30 million of state budget and international aid to reduce the high rate of injury-related deaths among children and teenagers.
The program has set to reduce the number of children victims of road crashes and fatal drownings both by 10 percent.