Sancti Spiritus Hosts UNESCO Sponsored Forum on Teenagers

Dayamis Sotolongo

A forum aimed at working strategies to lower the incidence of accidents in teenagers, is hosted this week in the central Cuban province of Sancti Spiritus.

The UNESCO sponsored event is attended by health professionals from all over the island, who insist on the importance of emergency measures and early education to prevent accidents.

In Cuba, accidents are considered the fifth cause of death in general mortality records, and number one in younger people. At the end of 2010, Sancti Spiritus reported the highest incidence of accident deaths in teenagers in the island.

Deaths caused by traffic accidents, submersions and electrical shocks are the most common.

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