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WHO: 1.2 million teen deaths preventable

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by Betheena Kae Unite

Road accident injuries, respiratory infections and suicide are among the leading causes of death of more than 1.2 million adolescents across the world annually, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.

According to WHO, the deaths could have been avoided by improving health services, education and social support.

It was disclosed that more than two thirds of recorded adolescents who perished in 2015 are from low and middle-income countries in Africa and Southeast Asia.

The WHO said that in African countries, the most common causes of death, other than road accidents, are communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS, lower respiratory infections, meningitis, and diarrhea.

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