Swim Safe Uganda, a local NGO has launched a campaign dubbed National Water Safety aimed at training Ugandans on how to avoid drawing and water related accidents.
John Ssempebwa, the lead advocate of Swim Safe Uganda says the NGO is committed to reach as many Ugandans as possible under this campaign.
“We thought it was high time we broke hydrophobia and made Ugandans learn how to survive on water,” he said
While launching the campaign in Kaazi, Ssempebwa revealed that the organization has so far trained 200 people, who will help teach other people around the country.
The Minister of Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities Hon Godfrey Kiwanda Suubi applauded the initiative and said such a campaign would help many Ugandans including himself.
“90 percent of people who use water transport do not know how to swim which puts them at risk in case an accident happened when they are on board” he added.
Hon Kiwanda added that Water is a great asset in the tourism industry but fear is a major impediment to what can be done on the water bodies.
Last year on November 24th more than 30 Ugandans lost their lives on Lake Victoria after the boat they were in tipped and sunk to the bottom of the lake.