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General News of Friday, 5 April 2019

Source: Starrfmonline.com

Boy, 16, drowns in abandoned galamsey pit

A 16-year-old pupil has drowned in an abandoned mining pit at Kodobeda, a community near Anyinam in Atiwa East District of Eastern region.

The body of the deceased identified as Desmond Quaye, has been retrieved and deposited at the Kibi Government Hospital Morgue.

The Junior High School (JHS 2) pupil Of Anointed Preparatory School, drowned when he attempted to Swim in the abandoned galamsey pit which has illegally been turned into a swimming pool by children in the area.

Anyinam Police have commenced investigations into the incident.

A World Health Organization report in 2018 indicated that drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide, accounting for 7% of all injury-related deaths.

An estimated 360,000 annual drowning deaths are recorded globally with children and women with increased access to water most at risk of drowning.

In Ghana, abandoned illegal mining pits dotted across mining districts in the country are major cause of increasing cases of drowning in the country.

Government promise to reclaim all abandoned mining pits has not been fulfilled exposing many rural dwellers in particular,to drowning incident.