Numbers of children killed in accidents can be reduced – UN health chiefs

child with pet bird

child with pet bird

Thousands of children killed in accidents every year could be saved, if countries improved their safety measures, according to the United Nations World Health Organisation (WHO).

Around 830,000 children die from accidental injuries every year. The World Health Assembly, which has been meeting in Geneva, has passed a resolution calling on countries to boost safety measures.

Dr. David Meddings, from the WHO Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability, spoke to Patrick Maguia.

He said although many children die from communicable diseases, accidental injuries are the leading cause of death in children over the age of five:

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