They found that unintentional injuries have become one of the biggest reasons children die in hospital after malaria and nutrition-related diseases. They noted that the highest mortality to unintentional injuries occur in a home environment as children tend to mimic their older siblings and adults.
At least 69 in every 1,000 children aged below five have
suffered an injury that could have been prevented, according to researchers based at the
Makerere University School of Public Health.
They found that unintentional
injuries have become one of the biggest reasons children die in
hospital after malaria and nutrition-related diseases. They noted that the highest mortality to unintentional injuries
occur in a home environment as children tend to mimic their older
siblings and adults.
Charles Semugabo, a Research Associate based at the School
says that in their latest study conducted in Jinja City, they found falls
to be the leading cause of injury at 56 per cent, followed by cuts at 27 per cent and burns at
23 per cent. This was during a press conference to
mark the International Day of the African Child on Wednesday.
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He attributes the injuries to the kind of environment where
children are raised with many households lacking play areas for children, yet others have no safe places for cooking.
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Dr Olive Kobusingye, an Accident
and Emergency Surgeon told URN that the burden is high and yet efforts to
prevent them are still low. She says
these injuries are responsible for about 4 per cent of deaths of children under five years
While many unintentional injuries are not severe, Kobusingye
says they result in loss of productivity hours for parents and at times
a disability that affects child esteem later in life. She says most children
injuries arise from the fact that homes are built for adults and children just
survive in an environment that is not theirs.
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Kobusingye said that while
many attributed children’s injuries to lack of supervision, for her rather than
focusing on who is supposed to safeguard the child, the focus should be put on
guaranteeing a safe environment for children by changing what happens in the
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In the second phase of the study, the researchers are now
exploring cheap but safe interventions in a home that can protect children from
being injured. Semugabo says among the options that they are assessing for
acceptability is the use of solar power and creating barriers around cook areas.