KNA Two victims of last weekend Malanga fire incident who had been nursing their burns at home have emerged from the village to seek treatment at the Yala sub county hospital in Siaya.
According to the Siaya County Executive Committee member for governance, Dorothy Owino, the two were immediately admitted at the sub county hospital, bringing to 27, the number still receiving treatment at various hospitals in the county.
Speaking while receiving contributions towards an emergency kitty started by area governor, Cornel Rasanga to help fund the treatment of the petrol tanker fire victims yesterday, Owino appealed to those who were injured during the incident to come out and visit the nearest public health facility for treatment.
The CEC, who was flanked by Siaya county secretary, Mr. Joseph Ogutu and other senior county government officials said the death toll from the tragedy still stands at 20. She said that the county government will foot the burial expenses of those who perished during the inferno.
Owino said that the emergency fund targets to raise seven million shillings towards the medication of the survivors of the tragedy, adding that already it has managed to raise Sh. 430,000.
“Our governor was the first to contribute a personal donation of Sh200,000 while members of Siaya county government Cabinet and senior officials have contributed Sh130,000,” she said adding that a Siaya businessman, Matiko Akedi who is the proprietor of Samco traders has donated Sh100,000.
The CEC said the recent increase of Covid 19 cases in Siaya constrained the local public hospitals’ resources hence the need for donors and other philanthropists to help the health facilities manage the fire victims.
County secretary Mr. Joseph Ogutu said the disaster management committee had resolved that the money raised by the kitty be channeled to health facilities to be used to bridge the existing gap.
“The money received today will be transferred to the Siaya county referral hospital for immediate use” he said adding that the kitty will be used purely for medication but not for burial expenses that will be catered for by the county government.
Siaya county referral hospital medical superintendent Dr. Liech Adoyo said the hospital was in dire need of medical supplies; drugs, non-pharmaceuticals and other basic things like protein supplementation, food and fluids for the accident survivors.