Following recent cases of children drowning in ponds and swimming pools, the Rwanda National Police is warning parents to stop abandoning their children.
In reference to three recent cases, where the children drowned and died immediately, children under 15 years need constant parental attention.
Such children should not be abandoned or allowed to play around water ponds and swimming pools without an elder person watching.
Lakes and other water bodies pose a serious danger to children. The Rwanda National Police appeals to parents and guardians to keep an open eye.
Drowning is commonly in two trends. Children in rural areas tend to drown in ponds, lakes and/or rivers. Many children who live near lakes and rivers are tempted to go fishing or swimming without elders watching. And such children risk drowning.
The second scenario is for children in urban areas. Most children in urban areas drown in swimming pools. If your children have no attendant or trainer, it is very important that they remain at close range of their parents or any elder person.
It is a parental obligation to take care of their children, but also a responsibility of every Rwandan to protect children for any harm.