By Sandra Birungi
The victims of the petrol fuel accident are still in critical condition and doctors treating them at Mulago hospital have said their chances of recovering are minimal.
A petrol truck on Saturday had an accident which led to a fire that claimed the lives of 40 people. The survivors are said to have sustained serious injuries ranging from physical and lung injuries which were caused by the fire which gutted the truck.
According to local media, the head of Burns Unit at Mulago, Dr Robert Sentongo said all the 16 patients admitted got the third degree burns meaning 70 per cent of their skin is burnt.
Dr. Sentongo revealed that once a fire victim crosses 50 per cent mark, their chances of surviving are greatly reduced no matter the interventions put. “As doctors, we are doing everything within our reach to ensure improvement of these peoples’ condition, but we are also aware that they inhaled a lot of smoke from which they got lung injuries as well as high degree physical burns,” he said.
According to the Mulago hospital executive director, Dr Byarugaba Baterana, of the 28 bodies that were taken to the hospital morgue, 17 have been positively identified and given to their families while seventeen others remain unidentified.
President Museveni visited the scene of the accident that claimed the lives of 40 people at Namungoona on the Northern Bypass. Information Minister, Ms. Rosemary Namayanja, on Monday said that two more people succumbed to their wounds.