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47 lives worth $14m

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Saturday, March 14, 2015

THE potential value of life lost to Fiji in drowning last year equated to about $14million.

The Water Safety Council of Fiji revealed this in its 2014 annual drowning report as it noted the loss of 47 lives to drowning from January 1 to December 31 last year alone.

The report stated the cost was calculated by determining the cost per capita, multiplied by the number of years each of the 47 individuals individual victim would have potentially contributed to the country's economy.

WSCF director Litiana Loabuka said with a fundamental mind-set, the council for the first time dug deeper and was able to review each of the four divisions, resulting in the successful release of the report and even in this total finding of how much the 47 victims were worth.

While she reiterated on the need for every individual to fight against drowning, she encouraged everyone to learn safety and simple swimming tips, which she said was an easy way to avoid drowning.

"We are actually in the process of putting forward a proposed curriculum to the Ministry of Education to be implemented in the Year 3 standard from next year and that will help because you will have children across the whole country, regardless of rural or urban, reading this curriculum.

"They will understand what this is all about and we are encouraging everyone to learn to swim. An alarming factor is that swimmers also drown. It's not that you can swim, you would not drown. It's about knowing how to swim and equipping yourself with water safety tips."

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