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Dong Thap (VNA) – The Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap has strived to popularise swimming skills for children in an attempt to help them improve their health and prevent child drowning. 

The provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism has brought swimming teaching programmes to local schools with the goal of reducing the number of children dying from drowning by five to 10 percent each year. 

Since the beginning of this summer, over 800 children aged between 9 to 15 in the province’s Cao Lanh city have been taught swimming skills at the local sport centre. Most of them can swim well after the course. 

About 7,000 children die from drowning each year in Vietnam , according to a UNICEF survey.-VNA