Uganda’s hospitals cannot adequately treat victims of acid violence – experts

Uganda’s hospitals cannot adequately treat victims of acid violence – experts
Eazzy Banking

Government has been asked to roll out more treatment centres for victims of acid violence in the country.

The End Acid Violence Uganda charity says many of the health facilities cannot adequately treat victims of acid violence.

Victims of acid violence face horrific consequences, including death, severe disfigurement and loss of sight.

Recent studies indicate that medical services for acid survivors are extremely limited in Uganda.

Mulago National referral hospital, Mengo hospital and International Hospital Kampala are some of the few hospitals with specialised units offering support and medical services to acid violence victim in Uganda.

Ernest Kayanja, the executive director of End Acid Violence in Uganda says treatment for acid burns are expensive ranging from a one million to ten million shillings.

The End Acid Violence Uganda charity has partnered with some organizations in the U.S and Mulago hospital’s Burns Unit to provide support to the acid victims. But Kayanja says that is still not adequate.

 

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