A STUDY on childhood injuries on Viti Levu found that injuries were responsible for 485 hospital admissions and 28 deaths among children over a 12-month period.
The Traffic Related Injury in the Pacific (TRIP) study analysed injury records from 12 hospitals on Viti Levu from October 2005 to September 2006.
Falls accounted for 48 per cent of hospital admissions and 13 per cent were caused by fire, heat or electrical burns, while road injuries accounted for 11 per cent.
Road traffic injuries accounted for just under a third of the injury-related deaths among children over the 12-month period.
Acting matron at CWMH paediatric unit Salote Drekeni said the majority of childhood injury admissions and deaths in the country were preventable, with adequate supervision.
She said parents needed to be more committed to children, especially during school holidays, because a lot of times children were left unsupervised,which led to fatal results.