More than 600 people drown in Lake Victoria in Buvuma district annually due to lack of swimming skills and prevention measures like a life a jacket, URN has learnt.
Buvuma district is comprised of 52 small islands with more than 600 landing sites. Residents in district depend on fishing and farming for survival.
Anthony Okware Sabastian, the LC3 chairperson of Buvuma town council, says they lose at least one person on each island annually because they don't know how to swim and lack survival skills.
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As a result, Swim Safe Uganda and police have pitched camp in the district to teach fishermen and local leaders swimming and survival skills on water. Their target is to reach at least one person from each of the 52 islands.
The team is also teaching communities firefighting techniques because of the rampant fires recorded on the landing sites. By the time of filing this story, at least 120 people were being trained to swim, dive and fight fires by police instructors.
Moses Kalanzi, the Executive Director Swim Safe Uganda, says they decided to conduct outreaches on the islands because of the belief that prevention is better than cure.
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Assistant Commissioner of Police, Hassan Kihanda, the acting deputy Director Fire Prevention and Rescue Services, says the safety campaign will last for 10 days in Buvuma district.
He says the campaign was triggered by several fire outbreaks, which impact negatively on the lives of residents.
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Edward Kayegwa, the Tome Parish LC 2 chairperson was among the participants. According to Kayegwa, welcomed the training saying they didn't have skills to rescue drowning victims.
He however, says the training has equipped him with some skills that he will put to good use.
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Rashidah Babireke, a fire victim from Galigitya landing site, says she traveled a long distance to acquire the skills when she heard about the training because she lost property during a fire out on the landing site.
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Similar trainings were conducted in Kalangala district.