Matron of the Connaught government Hospital, Dominga Sogie-Thomas has confirmed that as of Tuesday evening a total of 13 people had lost their lives and predicted more to die due to the seriousness of the burns.
The matron said this during a presentation of medical supplies made to the hospital for the burnt victims worth over Le10 million from the first lady of Sierra Leone, Sia Nyama Koroma.
The donated medical supplies include, ointments, surgical spirits, creams, sterilized gauze, oxygen masks, oxygen cannual, surgical masks among others to help in the treatment of the burnt victims.
She added that the donation came about after the first lady visited the hospital to see the victims and promised to help. “We gave her a list of what we wanted and she has responded.” Sogie Thomas further disclosed that four people died on Tuesday not because of lack of treatment and care, but because they were badly burnt.”
“Those with 50% burns have the chance to live but those above that are not”, said the Matron. “We have many that are over 50%, but with the donation made it will help save lives.”
The Matron pointed out their major constraint is water and lack of drugs in the hospital. She explained that the water that Guma supplies to them is insufficient for the hospitals. So far, she said they have received response from the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) women’s wing and also from Red Cross.
Making the presentation on behalf of the first lady, Boye-Thompson told the management of the hospital that the drugs should be used as emergency supplies for the relief of the victims.
The Pathologist Dr Owizz Koroma has done 10 autopsies out of the 13 that have been confirmed dead.
It would be recalled that, on Sunday evening a fuel pipe running through the quarry area to the oil refinery was punctured causing people to scamper for fuel which at the end left six people burnt to death on the spot and others seriously burnt.