4 people die of burn-related complications in Abyei, MSF says

MSF, Dr. Akuec Bany Isaac Yeer, (right) speaks to Abyei FM’s Mayen Ayuong at MSF hospital, Agok Abyei Administrative Area on 18th March 2021

Doctors Without Borders – MSF has recorded 587 burn injuries including 4 fatalities at a hospital it runs in Agok, Abyei Administrative Area.

“3 people among those with burn injuries died in 2020. Since the beginning of this year, one child died among the 96 people,” FM on, Dr. Akuec Bany IsaacYeer, a surgeon at MSF hospital said in an exclusive interview with Abyei FM.

Dr. Bany said most of the victims of burn injury are children from 5 years and below.  The medic advised people to take a person immediately to the hospital for treatment before the condition worsens.

According to Dr. Bany, poor hygiene and nonclinical treatment of scalds or burn causes complications that may result in death.

He advised parents and caregivers not to use substances such as toothpaste or charcoal for treating wounds, warning they can cause more infections.

In February, a 2-year-old child was trapped and burnt in a house in Abyei Town, according to the community.  Fire also killed three others – mainly children in Amiet market last year.

On Wednesday this week, authorities rolled out an awareness campaign on safety from fire.  

The head of fire brigade, Deng Achuny Dau says three groups of their employees have been been deployed in different parts of the area with an aim to minimize fire incidents in the area. The teams will be teaching people ways to prevent fire outbreak at home and in other places such as markets, forests,  and how to stay safe in case of fire.  He urged people to extinguish fire after use to save life and property.