Safe Kids Canada applauds the Leitch Report for recommending a national strategy to reduce the risk of injury among Canadian children



    TORONTO, March 26 /CNW/ - Safe Kids Canada applauds the report delivered
yesterday by Dr. Kellie Leitch, Advisor on Healthy Children and Youth, for
recognizing the heavy burden of preventable injuries on Canada's children,
their families and the health care system.
    "It is truly time for action as unintentional injuries remain the leading
cause of death for children and youth in Canada," says Pamela Fuselli, interim
executive director at Safe Kids Canada.
    Injuries have been a silent epidemic in Canada, often viewed as accidents
or acts of fate, and yet the majority of injuries are predictable and
preventable. In 2006, Safe Kids Canada issued a national report showing that
from 1994 to 2003, an estimated average of 390 Canadian children age 14 and
under died from unintentional injuries and another 25,500 children were
hospitalized each year over the ten year period because of their injuries.
Canada's record on the world stage has indeed been poor for injury prevention,
ranking 22nd among OECD countries. Canada can take more action to protect its
most vulnerable citizens, our children, using effective methods mentioned in
the Leitch Report, which are proven to prevent injuries, such as making
products sold in Canada safer, wearing bicycle helmets and booster seats
properly and on every ride.
    "Safe Kids Canada and our partners have been calling for a pan-Canadian
strategy. The implementation of the report's first key recommendation for a
five-year national injury prevention strategy, coupled with significant
federal investment, would be a positive step to accomplishing that goal," says
Fuselli. "We look forward to working with the federal government to develop
and implement a holistic vision for injury prevention for children and youth
in Canada."

    Safe Kids Canada is the national injury prevention program of The
Hospital for Sick Children. It is a national leader in educating parents and
promoting effective strategies to prevent unintentional injuries and deaths of
children.





For further information:

For further information: Lisa Lipkin, The Hospital for Sick Children,
Public Affairs, (416) 813-6380

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