The Burns Society of Kenya together with the Kenyatta National Hospital since Monday, September 3, 2018, has been running a week-long public sensitization campaign that will end on Friday, September 7, 2018.
The Burns and Safety Awareness Campaign marked its second day with a road show from Nairobi Fire Station to Mukuru Fuata Nyayo where the local community was sensitized on prevention and management of fire accidents, on 4th Sept 2018.
The Campaign seeks to raise awareness on fire safety and management of burn injuries.
The Campaign will run every year about the same time in the month sensitizing the community about fires and burns and the safety thereof. Similar causes run at the same time around the world because of the enormity of the figures showing the casualties of fire and burns hence a necessary safety precaution. In these cases, 2 out of every 5 affected (of burn victims) are children.
In 2016 alone, the Ministry of Health recorded 187,502 burn cases, a staggering statistic that calls for a serious awareness campaign about fires and burns.
This year’s campaign is themed “Zuia Moto, Zuia Gharama,” loosely translated as “Prevent Fire, Save Costs.” Its focus is to count the cost of fires and burns as well as sensitize the society on the safety measures to prevent its effects.
In Kenya, it is estimated that at least 1 burn incident happens every 60 minutes and a severe 50-60% burn case, can cost up to 1 million Kenya Shillings per month in hospitalization costs. Additionally, burns can limit survivors to a lifetime of dependency, as they require between 6 months to 1 year to recover. This reduces their productivity and ability to earn an income making burns a major economic burden to fire survivors.
During the awareness week, a number of activities are happening and will be happening to help in the sensitization exercise. These activities will include the following on different days;
Day one and two: Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th September 2018
Community and School Sensitization sessions in Gikomba, Mukuru Kwa Njenga and Mukuru Fuata Nyayo.
Day three, four and five: Wednesday 5th, Thursday 6th and 7th September 2018
Exhibitions and stakeholders’ briefings at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) grounds.
Flagging Off the Fire Safety and Burns Public Awareness Walk, at Electricity House, Aga Khan Walk at 7.00am, gathering at KNH Grounds from 10 am
You can find the Burns Society of Kenya on:
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