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WHO urges inclusion of swimming in PH schools’ curricula

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has suggested the inclusion of swimming within the basic curricula of colleges in some countries, together with the Philippines, to stop instances of drowning.

Dr. John Juliard Go the National skilled Officer of WHO-Philippines aforesaid that drowning sometimes happens in months once there have been no disasters within the country.

Drowning takes place way more in low- and middle- financial gain countries wherever the folks live close to bodies of water, per the “Global Report on Drowning: Preventing a number one Killer” of UN agency.



The report aforesaid 372,000 folks die of drowning per annum throughout the globe with ninety p.c of it happening in low- and middle- financial gain countries. cardinal folks die of drowning each hour, every day.

Drowning is among the leading ten causes of death among folks aged 1-24 years previous. kids underneath 5 years previous are additional in danger and males tend to drown over females.

According to the Department of Health, Filipinos are presumably to die drowning within the month of Gregorian calendar month and on a Sunday.

About 2,496 Filipinos die of drowning per annum according to information from 1980 to 2011.



WHO dubbed drowning a “preventable killer” and given ten actions to stop it, among them, teaching kids basic swimming and water rescue skills.

In October, 2017, House Bill 3495 was filed to incorporate swimming lessons, safe rescue, and water safety within the K-12 programme however it did not pass in Congress.

In April, 2019, the Philippine National Police (PNP) reported that forty-five folks died from drowning and urged the govt. to incorporate swimming within the faculty programme.

A GMA news indicated that the Department of Education (DepEd) offers the swimming as AN facultative subject and it’ll be up to the varsity to implement it. non-public colleges have the pliability to incorporate swimming in their curricula and should even partner with regime units.



Undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio aforesaid DepEd will implement the new addition to the programme if the govt. is prepared to construct the facilities required for it.



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