Preventing death by drowning

Published Jul 01, 2013 08:08am

RECENTLY I read an article in Dawn that notes nine deaths due to drowning which translates into nine families that have suffered a major loss.

It is that time of the year when the mercury is rising, and due to lack of electricity people find alternatives to escape the heat. Drowning is a form of death that is easily preventable by simple and cheap measures and precautions. Before going to the beach for swimming and picnics we worry more about whether or not paper plates, cups and food are ready, rather than noting whether or not we have taken appropriate measures for safety.

As a doctor who works in first response, I understand that prevention has a greater role in drowning than does rescue and therefore urge those families and youngsters going to the beach to take along with them a rod to plant in the sand, a rope to tie to it, and some form of local floatable device such as a tire tube or empty bottle can in case needed, as well take a few moments to learn the appropriate method to approach a drowning victim without panicking.

It takes a mere ten to fifteen minutes to learn and implement these measures but goes a long way in saving lives.

DR. AKBAR HEREKAR Karachi


Do you have information you wish to share with Dawn.com? You can email our News Desk to share news tips, reports and general feedback. You can also email the Blog Desk if you have an opinion or narrative to share, or reach out to the Special Projects Desk to send us your Photos, or Videos.

More From This Section

Ingenious Pakistanis

PAKISTANIS have a knack for coming up with unique solutions every time they are faced with difficulties. During the...

Musharraf’s order

A VIDEO has gone viral on the Internet wherein dignified residents of Islamabad are seen protesting against a road...

Protecting heritage

THIS refers to the illegal occupation, destruction and demolition by the land mafia of a cultural property — Sir...

Comments (1) Closed


John
Jul 01, 2013 06:50pm

As clear as mud.