A boy in Hanoi learns to swim. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs announced on May 25 that June has been earmarked for a string of programmes to protect children from accidents and injuries.

Dang Hoa Nam, Director of the ministry’s Department of Child Protection and Care, said all 63 provinces and cities nationwide have readied to join the action month.

Their activities will feature mass communication campaigns on wearing helmets and life jackets, along with summer camps and swimming classes, he added.

On the occasion, the National Fund for Vietnamese Children will deliver gifts worth more than 2.5 billion VND (112, 500 USD) to nearly 5,000 children.

The 4th ASEAN Children’s Forum is scheduled to take place in Hanoi in June.

According to the Health Ministry, between 2010 and 2014, everyday there were approximately 580 children facing a host of incidents from electric shocks and burns to traffic accidents and drowning. These have become the top causes of disabilities for the group.

The rate of accidents occurring among children in Vietnam is about eight times higher than that in developed countries, with fatalities most commonly caused by traffic accidents and drowning.-VNA