Teenage deaths are "shocking and preventable", says WHO

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Road injury is the leading cause of death in males 10-19 years, killing 115,000 a year. Photo: WHO

More than 3,000 teenagers die every day but nearly all of those deaths could be avoided, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.

Road traffic accidents, lower respiratory infections and suicide are the leading causes of adolescent mortality, the UN health agency highlighted in a new report.

As WHO's Dr Anthony Costello explained to Daniel Johnson, national governments could do much more to make their communities "teenage friendly".

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