FS Health observes National Burn Awareness Week

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National burn week this year is from 6 to 12 May 2017.

The winter season often renders children and minors vulnerable to burn injuries.

In observance of National Burn Awareness Week, the Free State MEC for Health, Butana Kompela, encouraged the public to help him defeat the social stigma attached to children living with burns.

“Burn injuries happen in seconds but may have a lifelong impact on victims. It is one of the most common and devastating forms of trauma and even has the potential to cause death, lifelong scarring, disfigurement, dysfunction and disability. Also, often all these instances result in prolonged hospitalisation, stigma and rejection,” Khompela said.

Kompela also took the opportunity to urge Bloemfontein communities to be on high alert during this upcoming season to prevent burns amongst adults, especially to children. He also urgef health professionals to go the extra mile when dealing with burn victims.

Adding to this, Kompela also urged health promoters to increase public awareness and education on the dangers of not keeping watch on items such as the appliances which will be used this winter. Community members were also requested to use hot water bottles and microwaveable bean bags with cautions as these can also lead to burns.

National Burn Awareness Week is from 6 to 12 May 2017 this year and is observed nationally through public education and awareness. It is always observed ahead of the winter season, as this season often renders children and minors vulnerable to burn injuries.

 Statement issued by Mondli Mvambi, Free State Health Spokesperson.