Floods in Ghana, and subsequent gas explosion brings tragedy to many

Posted Tuesday June 09, 2015 by ReSurge

Floods in Ghana, and subsequent gas explosion brings tragedy to many

The devastation brought about by deadly floods in Accra Ghana on 3rd June and subsequent gas station explosion has brought tragedy to hundreds of individuals either killed or injured.

The major fire which arose after the gas station explosion caused major burn injuries.  Survivors are being looked after by the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Unit in Korle-Bu Hospital, Accra.  Major burn injuries are complex and require ongoing intensive medical care, and reconstruction.  Patient rehabilitation and reintegration is vitally important and requires intensive therapy, which will support the survivor in the years after.

We at ReSurge Africa extend our sincere sympathy to those affected by the recent devastation.

We also realise that Ghana has become a centre in west Africa for Gas and Oil exploration and production.  There are no purpose built facilities to manage burn injuries in the appropriate setting.

With our Reconstructive Surgery colleagues in Ghana we recognise the urgent need to develop the infrastructure necessary to manage major burns in the future.  This tragedy reinforces our commitment and vision for a regional burns centre in Ghana

ODHRAN SHELLEY

CHAIRMAN, RESURGE AFRICA

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