The predominant causes of burn injuries to children attending Kanti Children’s Hospital are from hot liquids or steam. Another main cause of burns to the children are due to fire. People living in remote areas still rely on firewood to cook food and as a result sometimes a small baby playing nearby may trip and fall on the fire. Also while making camp-fire outside their home children playing around fire may sometimes accidentally come into contact with the fire. The children coming to the Burn’s Unit have suffered from between 2% to 50 or 60% burn injuries to their bodies. The district from where the maximum number of children comes from with burn injuries are Dolakha and Sindhupalchowk.
History: Rojan Shrestha a 5-year-old male, was transported by ambulance to the emergency room after being getting burned. He and his group of friends along with elders were doing campfire near by his house. They were playing and making fun near fire. There was kerosene bottle nearby a place where Rojan was playing. All of a sudden the bottle caught a fire and Rojan was burned. He got 30 % of his lower part burned.
He is originally from Dolakha but is now living at Kapan. He was there when I was there on 24th Nov and also on 8th Dec. He is recovering slowly. His mother is with him all the time however his father visits him every day, he is construction worker and is busy on his work.
Rojan seemed very unhealthy and weak when I saw him before, he couldn’t sit on his own, he needs to rely on someone for everything and he had high fever most of the time but to my surprise when I visited him next time Rojan was playing with his mother’s mobile and he seemed very happy. He was excited to receive brick game and as soon as I gave him he started playing with it. He was admitted on November 18, 2016.
Shenpen in partnership with Chance for Nepal (U.K.) started the distribution of bags containing small presents, to the children at Kanti Children’s Hospital Burns Unit. Known as ‘Goody Bags’, they are filled with toys, stuffed animals, games, stickers, toothbrush, tooth paste, flashlight, and a knitted doll from the UK and are given out twice a month.