Acid injuries among children on the rise in Sindh
KARACHI: Eminent Plastic Surgeon and Head of Burns Center, Karachi, Dr Ehmer-Al-Ibran has said that acid injuries in children are increasing in Sindh province and other parts of Pakistan as citric acid is being sold in cold drink bottles and authorities concerned have failed to stop its sale in open market.
Talking to PPI, Dr Ibran explained that the acid-related attacks were common in females and males but now acid injuries were also being reported in children due to unsafe storage and unnecessary use of such products in homes. Acid is being used for cleaning toilets but sometime, it becomes harmful for users particularly children if such products are not used or stored sensibly.
“Acid is being sold in cold drink bottles in markets and its open sale has resulted in increase in burn injuries to innocent children. He said some child patients were being rushed to Burns Units with complaints that children drank the acid mistakenly by thinking it was a cold drink,” he added.
He said acid is not only harmful to people, but it also damages the sewerage pipelines. Ibran said an incident was reported in Shikarpur district a few days back, where a youngster Abdul Rasheed accidently received acid burn injuries when a small bottle of acid fell on him from a shelf while he was asleep.
He said the youngster was badly injured and shifted to Burns Centre Karachi from Shikarpur after getting initial treatment from a local hospital of Sukkur. He said: “The condition of patient is gradually improving but such incidents should be eye-opener for the families who use dangerous acids in causal manner.” He asked them to adopt preventive measures to save their children.
He said an acid victim should be washed gently for an hour and then shifted to a nearby hospital for proper treatment. He said burn-related injuries and deaths could be reduced at homes as well as at workplace by implementing laws. “Acid should be sold only to people who show a valid identity card in order to reduce acid attacks, injuries and deaths.”
He demanded of the federal and provincial governments to regulate acid sale on urgent basis and award rigorous punishment to the acid attackers.