School going children and students of Higher institutions of learning have been engaged in a program to eradicate water related accidents.
The learners from various schools converged at Kaazi, Busabala where they were equipped with essential skills in water safety.
John Ssempebwa the Chief Executive Officer Swim Safe Uganda noted that over 5000 Ugandans, with 70% of them being children each year perish from water accidents.
“The reason why most of the people involved in water accidents don’t survive is because they lack skills and end up panicking in case of any threat while in water which is not good,” he said.
He advised students whenever they are travelling on water to ensure that they use proper life jackets matching with their body weight, and to quickly jump off the vessel if they suspect it’s been flooded.
” Whoever is going on water should not eat a lot because findings have it that 30% of the people who drawn in water because of the food (vomit) which chokes them as it tries to come out as their stomachs get filled with water,” he said.
Sempebwa he decided to start this initiative after the tragic death of Templar Omona and his wife with whom they had worked with at MV Templar vessel for over 3 years before perishing in the Boat cruise last year.
In this initiative which is expected to cover over 4000 children from various schools , students have trained on how to avoid water accidents , administering of first aid to survivors of drowning.
Sempebwa called upon various corporate companies to pick interest in engaging into sensitizing people on how to avoid Water accidents.