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Substandard pressure cookers a threat to lives: medics

Substandard pressure cookers a threat to lives: medics

Mar 23, 2016 - 17:25

HEART CITY (Pajhwok): Substandard pressure cookers explode and cause burn wounds to at least five people on a daily basis in western Herat province, medics say.

Officials at the Noor Hospital in Herat City, the provincial capital, say more than 450 people visited the hospital with burn wounds in their eyes caused by pressure cookers last solar yearinfo-icon.

Dr. Jamal Akhunzada, director of the hospital, told Pajhwok Afghan News three womeninfo-icon lost their eyes to explosion of pressure cookers in Herat last year.

He said the main reason why pressure cookers explode was their low quality manufactured in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

The authorities concerned should prevent the production and selling of such dangerous pressure cookers, he said, adding only one percent of the victims of such explosions happened to be men and the rest were women.

Akhunzada suggested that families should use standard pressure cookers and put less food in cookers.

Marzia, 20, who lost her one eye and got seriously injured her second eye as a result of a pressure cooker explosion, is being treated at the Noor Hospital. “I was cooking soup, as I took the cooker off the stove, it exploded.”

Khadija, another victim of a similar incident, said: “Our pressure cooker exploded and hit my face and damaged my eyes, I currently use eyeglasses.”

Herat Zonal Hospital spokesman Mohammad Rafiq Sherzai told Pajhwok that three women lost their lives to cooker explosions last year.

The governor’s spokesman, Jailani Farhad, said the provincial government was trying to prevent the sale of substandard cookers in coordination with traders.

“The local government is not only trying to prevent substandard pressure cookers but also to control all kinds of low quality products,” he said.

Experts believe low quality pressure cookers threaten the lives of families.



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