By Charina Clarisse Echaluce
While swimming is undeniably one of the best ways to enjoy the hot summer days, it can also turn the fun into tragedies because of drowning incidents.
The Department of Health (DOH) reminded the public to bring extra care while diving into pools and any body of water during outings, to avoid untoward incidents.
“Iyong ating pong drowning is one of the biggest causes of death among children. Marami pong namamatay sa drowning. At ang advice po natin is talagang bantayan ang ating mga magulang o guardian o mga kasamahan iyong mga maliliit na bata (Drowning is one of the biggest causes of death among children. Many people die because of drowning. Our advice to parents and guardians is to watch over the children),” Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial said.
She added that drowning incidents knows no age and can claim the life of anybody who is not cautious enough.
“Even the adults, ano, nagkakaroon din ng drowning kasi nagkakaroon din ng ano, medyo lumalayo sila. By the time na napansin nila, sobrang layo na nila, nagkakaroon ng fatigue or cramps so hindi na sila makabalik sa shoreline (Even adults get drowned when they experience fatigue or cramps while they are far from the shore. By the time they notice, they are already far from the shoreline when they experience fatigue or cramps),” she explained.
In addition, Ubial said, even people who know how to swim can be involved in drowning incidents.
“Mag-ingat po tayo kasi ako po, swimmer din po ako pero hindi ko po ina-attempt na lumayo sa shoreline. Marami na ho kasi akong kakilala na marunong lumangoy, nagkakaroon pa rin ng drowning dahil po cramps. Hindi natin alam kung kalian po mangyayari iyan. Pinupulikat,” she stated.