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Burns cases worry QECH

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Health experts have said the country’s hospitals are receiving an increasing number of burns cases.

This was revealed during activities marking Burns Awareness Day that Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) Plastic Surgery Clinic-Burns Unit held in Blantyre on Thursday.

Health experts including QECH Burns Unit plastic surgeon, Tilinde Chokotho, and plastic surgery registram for Global Royal Infirmary of Scotland, Thomas Reekie, said while the impact of burns remain undermined, many people continue losing body parts and lives to burns.

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According to statistics, QECH burns unit registers burns cases on daily basis and 300 patients are admitted of which one out of every five patients dies representing a 15 percent death rate.

The Plastic Surgery Clinic at the referral facility treats about 4,500 out-patients a year and out of that number between 75 and 80 percent of them are burn victims.

Reekie said the burns awareness campaign is meant to teach Malawians effective burns preventing and treating measures with an aim of reducing disabilities and deaths from burns.

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“We need to reach out to people on some causes of burns and how some things are risky in as far as burns are concerned. There has been an improvement in terms of cure of these burns and we need to push further by raising awareness in the communities,” Reekie said.

To reach the communities, the burns unit has engaged Nanzikambe Arts Theatre, Ben Mankhamba, and other artists to go around the country with the sensitisation campaigns.

Main causes of burns that are frequently reported include fire, hot fluids and hot porridge

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