2 More Die In Nungua Gas Explosion

Two more victims of the Nungua gas explosion are reported dead at the Korle-Bu Reconstruction, Plastic Surgery and Burns Unit in Accra.

A 75-year-old woman, Habiba Mumuni and the gas cylinder repairer, Abdul Nassir, 25, who were caught up in the explosion, died some time last week. This brings the death toll to three. The deceased, according to Dr. Edem of the Korle-Bu Reconstruction, Plastic Surgery and Burns Unit, suffered a 100 per cent total body surface area burn – which means every part of the skin was badly affected.

The first death was recorded on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 – the same day the incident occurred. Six family members reportedly sustained multiple degrees of injury when they allegedly attempted to use a faulty gas cylinder, which had just been repaired by Abdul Nassir.

However, the remaining three victims, including a minor, hospital officials said, were responding to treatment.

The surviving victims complained they could not afford the cost of treatment and called on the general public to help.

Dr. Nyigba Edem, said earlier that the health facility had exhausted the available medications and required additional stock for the treatment of the fire victims.

He mentioned on Monday that some donations had been made by individuals and organisations but more was needed to take care of the remaining three patients.

The victims seemed helpless at the moment but doctors said they were frantically doing their best to resuscitate them. It was confirmed they were in a stable condition.

They needed an estimated amount of GH¢750 to GH¢1,500 per week for their treatment, hospital sources had hinted.

According to Dr. Edem, dressing the wounds would be quite expensive, adding that a 25 per cent burn may need four-five tubes of topical antibiotic ointment per dressing.

Surgery, he added, would be carried out when needed.

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