400 suffocation incidents recorded in Herat in 3 months
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): As many as 400 incidents of suffocation have been recorded in the past three month at the zonal hospital in western Herat province, an official said on Thursday.
Aziz Rahman Jame, head of the emergency ward, told Pajhwok Afghan News they had received four to five, sometimes up to 10, suffocation cases the hospital on a daily basis in the winter.
“In one instance, three people including a bride and her groom were killed and some admitted to the emergency ward in unconscious condition. The unconscious recovered after necessary treatment,” he said.”
He did not go into the details of individuals who suffered from inhaling poisonous gas from coal, but said most of the victims were women.
Burning coal in the winter could be justified to some extent, but doctors and health professional often warn against the dangerous gases that could lead to suffocation.
Daud Hashmi, another doctor at the hospital, said coal be placed in an open area before it was burnt. There should be an open window in the room, where coal is burnt along with firewood, to get the required amount of oxygen.
Ghulam Saeed, a resident of Herat City, said most of people did not know about the dangers of coal. There was need for awareness in this regard, he suggested.
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