World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2015 (Part 1)

World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2015 (part 1)

The just concluded World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2015 was a success, it was attended by more than 500 delegates from 62 countries. The delegates were welcome by Malaysian Government dignitaries to include their Department of Health officials. The opening celebration was honoured by his excellency Tun Dato Seri Utama ( Dr. Haji Abdul Rahman Bin Haji Abbas the Governor of Penang. It was an awesome and learning experience to the Philippine Life Saving delegates, they renewed ties from other countries, and at the same time learn new inputs from different world renowned gurus as far as drowning prevention advocacy is concerned. In one of the sessions Mr. Larry Joie S. Alag the Chief Operations officer of the Philippine Life Saving presented a power point presentation of the project in Isla de Gigantes sponsored by Action Medeor of Germany , represented by its hardworking executive Ms. Katharina Wilkin. The delegates were abreast of the advocacy of PLS in different parts of the Philippines and the rescue efforts of PLS in Bantayan Cebu in the aftermath of typhoon Yolanda.

This representation as PR officer of PLS and NDB columnist was one the media who cover the event in coordination with different media organization in other countries represented during the conference. The most important part of the convention is that some officers of PLS undertook an assessment to become a Bronze Cross awardee in lifesaving. The award is the highest given to selected individual who ca

n hurdle the rigorous test as far as Life Saving is concerned. And PLS was very proud that Henry Aguillon Jr, Jonathan Espiritu and Ipe Ilano passed the assessment. CPR assessment was also awarded to Emmanuel F. Canto, Tibor Espinosa, Henry Aguillon Jr., Jonathan Espiritu, Voltaire Daypal, and Ipe Alino all PLS officers. These assessment were undertaken by Dr. Shane Baker of Royal Life of Australia in cooperation with Floss Roberts and Tony Montioto. These individuals are respected all over the world as far as jlifesaving is concerned.
The world conference tacked the very important issue on drowning and the report of the World Health Organization.

The World Health Organization report is very alarming considering that drowning now is considered to be the top ten leading causes of death. The Global report on drowning is the first World Health Organization report dedicated exclusively to drowning – a highly preventable public health challenge that has never been targeted by a global strategic prevention effort. This report aims to change this. It sets out current knowledge about drowning and drowning prevention, and calls for a substantial scaling up of comprehensive efforts and resources to reduce what is intolerable death toll, particularly among children and adolescents, said Margaret Chat Director General, World Health Organization. All over the world 372,000 people die from drowning every year, and more than 90% of these deaths occur in low-and middle-income countries. This death toll is almost two thirds that of malnutrition and well over half that of malaria-but unlike these public health challenges, there are no broad prevention efforts that target drowning. Prevention is vital, once someone starts to drown, the outcome is fatal. Unlike other injuries, survival is determined almost exclusively at the scene of the incident, and depends on two highly variable factors; how quickly the person is removed from the water, and how swiftly proper resuscitation is performed.

 

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