In 2018, the World Health Organisation (WHO) data on Ghana’s drowning deaths stood at 1,206. During that time, there were quite a number of interviews on radio and television on how to avert the negative trend. Three years down the line, the reality stares at us. Will Ghana learn from the Apam drowning incident? I am saddened by the control mechanism in this country. Anytime, I visit our beaches, I come across kids between the ages of 7 -15 swimming. It is a worrying development that needs a pragmatic approach to curb it. My heartfelt condolences to the relatives of the Apam drowned victims and all other families who might have lost their loved ones to this catastrophe over the years.
Indeed, affected families of the tragedy are yet to come to terms with it. This reminds me of one thing my country lacks. It is the usual control mechanism. Who checks who during swimming? Who ensures that there is a laid down mechanism for swimming in the sea? The only thing we are good at is set a committee to investigate after the occurrence of a disaster. What is wrong with us as a people? Can’t we in anyway find a lasting solution to this preventable disaster?
I am of the conviction that if parents would admonish their wards against unnecessary swimming expedition with their peers, it will go a long way to minimise future happenings. The government must instigate the police to arrest children between the ages of 7 – 15 found swimming in the sea. When this is done, fear will be instilled and the cases will reduce.