ANOTHER KEROSENE EXPLOSION LANDS MOTHER, DAUGHTER IN UBTH
Another incidence of kerosene explosion has landed a mother and her daughter at the Accident and Emergency Ward of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital. The woman and her daughter identified as Margaret Inikhokro and Elo Inikhoro respectively were said to have been rushed to the hospital in Sapele, Delta State, with the mother sustaining over 85 degree burns while the daughter's case is said to be mild.
It was learnt that a lantern had exploded at about 9pm on Monday while the woman was trying to refill it with kerosene, thereby igniting the house and in the process, burning the mother and daughter.
As at press time yesterday, the condition of Margaret Inikhoro was said to be critical even as the mother and daughter were fully dressed by medical personnel of the hospital
Commenting on the serial kerosene explosion incidents across the country, the Coordinator General of Save Accident Victims Association of Nigeria (SAVAN), Dr. Eddy Ehikhamenor said the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) had not done the right thing not to know that there was a problem.
'They are too busy in Abuja to know there is a problem. By now, NNPC should have visited the areas where kerosene explosion incidents have happened to know where the problem is coming from,' he said.
Dr. Ehikhamenor recalled that over 45 cases of kerosene explosions have taken place in Rivers State with 15 deaths reported while many cases of similar explosions have occurred in Edo, Delta and Abia states with a number of deaths recorded.
He therefore called on the NNPC to act fast to nip further explosions in the bud and also network with other agencies to bring succour to victims of kerosene explosions.