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The leading cause of death in Thai children, below the age of 15, is drowning.

“Even though the cases have recently fallen to an all time low, it’s still not low enough.”

“In nearly two decades there have been 22,700 drowning cases, that’s between the years 2000 and 2018. That averages nearly 1,300 child drownings every year.”

These numbers from a new report by the National Institute for Child and Family Development.

At the peak more than 50% of child deaths were due to drowning, with road accidents 25% and falling from heights 8%.

For children, most drownings occurred when parents let their children out of their sight or sneaked out to play in the water without knowing how to swim. But National Institute for Child and Family Development’s director Dr. Adisak Plitponkarnpim says the numbers have been dropping in the past 18 years as awareness about child drownings has improved along with Thai childrens’ swimming lessons and skills.

“The number of drowning deaths has nearly halved in the past 10 years. But drowning still remains the number one killer of our children,” said Dr. Adisak.

He said it was heartening that many schools were now introducing swimming lessons as part of the curriculum.

Dr Adisak said his association has set a target lowering the number of child drownings in Thailand to less than 250 a year by 2022.

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Nimz, our new Thaiger Vlogger takes you on a tour of some uniquely Phuket foods, although you may find them in other provinces these days as well. A lot of southern Thai food can be very spicy and features a lot of seafood, but Nimz went for the ‘less’ spicy (mai phet) options.

Tell us about your favourite Thai treats and if you’d tried something special in Phuket.

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Arpong – https://goo.gl/maps/arfbjUkF8eK3SZnPA

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Nimz, our Thaiger Vlogger takes you on a weekend tour of Phuket Town, in search of cat and dog cafés. Stroke the cats, tickle the cat’s tummy, pat the cats, take selfies with the cats. Whilst Phuket has a number of registered cat and dog cafés, only one appeared to open during Nimz’s search through the streets of Phuket Town, the main commercial capital of the island (on the opposite side of the island to Patong).

And. yes, they also serve up some great food too.

Location: B Cat Cafe Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BCatCafePhuketTown

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