KNA The death toll of the Malanga tanker fire tragedy hit twenty after another patient succumbed to the injuries at the Siaya county referral hospital.
Siaya county executive committee member for health Mr. Dismas Wakla who confirmed the death said that the latest victim suffered more than 70% burns on his body.
The development comes as Siaya woman representative, Dr. Christine Ombaka joined other local leaders in calling for support to the local referral hospital to enable it offer the best medical care to the victims.
Ombaka who visited the victims said that some basic equipment for the management of severe burns were lacking at the hospital hence the need for well-wishers to intervene.
She said the facility lacked heaters, gloves and syringes which were urgently required at the facility to cater for the patients.
“Apart from these, more support will be required by the victims who will have to undergo corrective surgery,” said the county Member of Parliament.
Ombaka at the same time called on Kenyans to learn from such disasters and avoid rushing towards accident scenes with the aim of looting and siphoning flammable cargo.
Siaya county referral hospital medical superintendent Dr. Liech Adoyo said the medical staff were working round the clock to manage the cases.
“We are giving the best possible care and are optimistic that we will get many of them back home to lead their lives,” said the medical superintendent.
He thanked the county government of Siaya and the local leaders for their support.