Children are being taught swimming and skills saving them from drowning. (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has instructed ministries and local governments to take measures to protect children from accidents, especially drowning.

In the PM’s Directive No 17/CT-TTg, the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) was asked to work with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) to instruct schools to review their physical training courses and teach swimming and accident response skills.

The provincial and centrally-governed cities’ People’s Committees were asked to review fitness facilities and instruct district and commune-level governments to examine accident-prone areas to prepare preventative measures to ensure safety for children.

The PM instructed the MoET, the MoLISA and provincial and municipal People’s Committees, the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, the Ho Chi Minh Young Pioneer Organisation to organise safe summer activities for children.

The MoLISA was asked to work with other ministries and sectors to implement the “Action Month for Children in 2016” with the theme of “For a safe life, keep children away from injuries and accidents.”

The PM assigned the Ministry of Information and Communications to instruct press agencies to coordinate with Vietnam Television and Radio the Voice of Vietnam to intensify communications campaigns to raise awareness of agencies and organisations on protecting children from injuries and drowning.

The media agencies were asked to urge families to pay more attention to their children, especially during the summer, stormy season, flooding season and bring knowledge on the prevention of drowning to children and the public.-VNA