Burns survivors fight stigmatisation


Burns survivorSurvivors of skin burns in the country are lamenting over the increasing stigmatization and

discrimination in the society against them.

Dennis Opoku Gyamfi, a victim of skin burns, said he has gone through torrid times growing up with his burns, which has severely disfigured his face and parts of his body.

“I was just one and half years old and I was in a children’s walker but fell into hot water. The caretaker was not around and there was nobody to rescue me,” he told Joy News’ Bernard Saibu.

“It has not been easy. There is a very massive stigma attached to burn injury. Sometimes even headmistresses deny students of education just because of burn injury,” he added.

He said he conducted a comprehensive investigation on the issue and has video evidence of how victims of burn injuries are treated in schools.

He is therefore waging a crusade with the establishment of the Ghana Burns Survivors Foundation to conscientise people on the need for society to protect victims of skin burns in the country.

He is also appealing to the Ghana Health Service to institute a counselling session for victims of burns.

“People who have been traumatized in a way need some psychological counselling to help them to really fit into the society. We should tell them that going back into the world people will be looking at you but get prepared, don’t be discourage and move on,” he said.

Meanwhile, a surgeon Dr Opoku Ware Ampomah said the Ghana Health Service must invest in procuring modern equipments for the country’s teaching hospital.