Expert tips parents on child injury prevention

A health practitioner has underscored the need for parents and guardians to take their rightful role in ensuring that children are not involved in burn accidents during the winter season.

Speaking to YFM Doctor Gift Msafili who works at Matawale Health Center under Zomba District Health Office (DHO) said 90% of burn accidents that commonly happen to children are preventable if children are warm clothed.

“Most of the burn wounds occur during this winter season because people want to warm themselves when they feel cold on the open fire particularly the children so it’s a responsibility of the parents at home to ensure that the little ones are well clothed,” said Msafili.

He further advised parents to take care of the elderly and epileptic people who are also affected with burn accidents including hot liquids and open fire.

“It’s everybody’s responsibility at home to take care of the children not only the children but also the elderly and those having existing medical problems like epilepsy,” he concluded.

Medical research shows that most of the burns injuries occur to children under the age of  three.

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