Address burning issue

2018-05-16 06:00
Kenya Nortje (8) participant in the drawing competition of the National Burn Safety Awareness Campaign held at the Diamond Pavillion Mall on Saturday (12/05). Behind her are, on the left, Nataska Doodley (8), with Duwayne Rickets (13) sitting across from her.Photos: Boipelo Mere

Kenya Nortje (8) participant in the drawing competition of the National Burn Safety Awareness Campaign held at the Diamond Pavillion Mall on Saturday (12/05). Behind her are, on the left, Nataska Doodley (8), with Duwayne Rickets (13) sitting across from her.Photos: Boipelo Mere

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The Northern Cape is said to have experienced a decrease in burn-related injury cases thanks to the various awareness campaigns that were put into place by the K2 multi­disciplinary team at the Kimberley Hospital.

The team has been running these campaigns for the past five years at various points in the province.

A burn is regarded as one of the most devastating injuries, as it leaves both physical and mental anguish, especially in a child.

Many burn injuries are sustained accidentally and are a common example of preventable injury. The likelihood of an unintended incident taking place can only be reduced by preventative care.

National Burn Safety Awareness Week was observed from 6 May until Saturday (12/05), during which a call was made by the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital to prevent burn injuries and protect children.

Awareness campaigns are being run through social media platforms and artwork. This year the theme was, “There are a 100 ways not to burn.”

On Saturday the team assembled their stall at the Diamond Pavillion Mall for a drawing competition and prize-giving lucky draw.

The winners, chosen from children between six and 18 years, had to make a funny video which also highlights a strong burn awareness massage, and post it on the Burn 4 Burns Facebook Page.

According to Elaine van den Berg of the social work department at the Kimberley Hospital, they received at least 100 videos this year.

She said cases involving candles remain a primary cause of burn injuries due to people becoming intoxicated before lighting candles in their homes.

Another concern remains children under five years pulling on electric cords and getting burned during cooking.

Van den Berg strongly condemned the careless tendency of parents to pour hot water in first when preparing a bath.

“This is when the baby crawls towards the bath of hot water and gets burned, because a child might not pull away immediately when they feel pain,” Van den Berg said.

“All burns are preventable, thus we continue to hold these campaigns. The costs linked to treatment of burns is very high.”

Van den Berg further highlighted the dangers that social media create in the daily lives of children.

She singled out online and mobile games that children enjoy playing so much.

“Children tend to get the urge to experiment and try hanging on electric wires and swing around like in the game. They even ignore or forget the dangers of touching electric wires in that regard.”

A proud father of one of the finalists expressed his surprise by saying that he never knew his child was so creative.

“She entered last year’s drawing competition while we were on a shopping spree and we decided to allow her,” said Armand Swanepoel, Dominique’s father.

  • Winners who could not be reached on the provided numbers are Leonardo Thys, Caitlin Eiman, Sasha Lee-Olivier, Fifi Mokwene and Joshue. They are requested to contact the Kimberley Hospital’s social work department to collect their prizes.

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