Medical Professionals in Bayelsa have urged residents in the state to stay clear of activities that can result to any form of burns.
A consultant Burns, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Yenagoa, Dr. Meshack Akunekwe, stated this on Tuesday, November 23, in a chat with journalists in Yenagoa.
Dr. Akunekwe said burns have become a major menace in the society but they can be prevented if only individuals would take the proper preventive measures.
He added that some tips for burns prevention include making sure that indoor spaces are well ventilated, storing inflammable liquids in properly covered containers, not smoking indoors, not wearing long sleeve clothes when cooking, among others.
He said: “Burns is a menace to the society, it affects individuals, families, it affects communities and the nation as a whole.
“There are a lot of practices carried out by people that are harmful, for example, fueling your generator when it is still on or when it is still hot.
“Also, putting kerosene into a lantern when it is still on. There are also burns that come from explosion, especially in this area where people store highly inflammable products.
“We want people to be enlightened and stop those practices. Enlightenment campaigns like this have gone a long way to reduce the incidence of burns.
A Resident Doctor in the Burns Unit FMC Yenagoa, Dr. Peter Opobio on his part, stated that there were high cost implications of treating a burns patient, hence he advised residents to prioritise prevention over cure.
“We can prevent this thing. Try as much as possible to stick to the preventive measures highlighted in our flyers. Try as much as possible to save that money.
“You can use it to pay your childrens’ school fees and many other things. We don’t want you to be in the hospital that is why we are carrying out this programme”, he said.
Another member of the NBIS and a registered nurse, Burns and Plastic Surgery Unit, FMC Yenagoa, Mrs. Anayo Aroh also stressed the need for prevention of burns.
She said: “We are creating awareness today for burns. It is better for it not to happen than for you to treat it. We want a situation where people will take adequate measures in order to avoid burns injury” .
Activities to mark the National Burns Awareness Week include a talk at the Federal Government Girls College, Imiringi, Ogbia Local Government Area of the state.
Members of the Nigerian Burn Injury Society (NBIS) Yenagoa Chapter also undertook a walk as part of the Burns Enlightenment Campaign from Ekeki Park to the FMC.