BURNS’ RELATED INCIDENTS CAUSE OVER 265,000 DEATHS, GLOBALLY -Sen. Odebiyi

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By Yemi Akintomide

The Senator representing Ogun West Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Sen. Tolu Odebiyi on Tuesday, 12th October 2021 called for the need to establish a specialized centre for the treatment of victims of burns accidents.

He said incident of burns continues to be a global challenge. Annually, they cause over 265,000 deaths.

Sen. Odebiyi said this through Sen. Olubunmi Adetunmbi who represented him in Abuja at the one-day public hearing organised by the senate committee on health (secondary and tertiary) to consider one of the Bills he sponsored on National Burns and rehabilitation centre, Ilaro, Ogun State.

This is as he explained that burns is the fourth most common type of trauma worldwide, following traffic accidents, falls and interpersonal violence. Most cases of burns occur in Low-and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) like Nigeria.

“Further to this and beyond giving the procedural first aid to victims of burns, the nation needs a specialized centre for the treatment of victims from burns accidents. Nigeria needs to follow global best practices in catering for these health emergencies that can obviously be managed through the establishment of a centre, which this bill seeks to provide”.

The Ogun West Senator who is also the Vice Chairman, senate committee on Federal Capital Territory (FCT) said “the rationale for this bill is to seek to replicate the establishment of an institution, dedicated only to the treatment and rehabilitation of burns victims, for Nigeria, and by extension for Africa. This is for the purpose of providing intensive treatment and rehabilitative needs of burns victims, and to train capable hands in the treatment of burns related injuries.

“Burns and road accidents abound in the country’s landscape, burn injuries occurring in vehicles or road traffic accidents resulting in mass burn casualties have reportedly become increasingly common. In fact, they are said to account for over 50% of injuries at a certain period in SouthWest Nigeria. Such accidents are usually due to the transporting of gasoline in vehicles, whose drivers use unsafe containers, particularly during periods of petrol or gasoline shortage.”

Speaking at the public hearing, the President of the senate, Sen. Ahmad Lawan who was represented by the senate minority whip, Sen. Philip Aduda said, “The Bill is not only to strengthen our health sector, but to reposition it for a more efficient healthcare delivery service and to improve citizens’ wellbeing as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.

Odebiyi noted that the centre is proposed to be located in Ilaro, the headquarters of Yewa South Local government of Ogun State. A very historic land blessed with a large expanse of land for take off.

Present at the public hearing were top officials of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and the Nigerian Orthopaedic Association (NOA) including the Director General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye.

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