Be aware that children can drown in only a few centimetres of water

Following reports of a six year old child who allegedly drowned in a puddle of water in Valhalla Park, Cape Town, CapeTalk's Pippa Hudson speaks to Assistant Director of Child Safe, Chiedza Mujeni, about how to keep children safe from drowning.

According to World Health Organisation, drowning is the third leading cause of accidental deaths worldwide.

Mujeni says they rarely get reports of children six years and older drowning. It is normally children from the age group of 0-5, she says.

She spoke of other tragic incidents where children fell into swimming pools, toilets and buckets of water.

Even in 3 cm or 4 cm of water, a child can drown and people need to be aware of that

Chiedza Mujeni, Assistant Director of Child Safe

Mujeni says lack of adult supervision is the main reason for children drowning.

At a creche, for instance, the teacher needs to be vigilant and know where each child is.

Chiedza Mujeni, Assistant Director of Child Safe

Listen to the full conversation below:


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