‘Falls, poisoning top list of accidental injury in children during COVID-19’

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, an environmental health expert, Professor Godson Ana has told mothers that falls and poisoning from medicines in children remain major problems that they should guard against.

Professor Ana, president, Child Health, Environment and Safety Thrust, spoke at the Child Safety Week 2020 with the theme ‘Safety makes sense’ organized in Ibadan to sensitise mothers on how to ensure their children stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ana stated that mothers need to secure a safer environment for children of all ages, so that they can live life to the fullest while they should be protected from serious injury or death.

According to him, housing is key to health and quality of life, and globally, home accidents are a leading cause of preventable disabilities and death among children and young people.

Noting that unintentional injuries are the leading cause of deaths for children, professor Ana said there is an increased risk of accidents or injuries among children living in homes with unsafe conditions because of parents’ inadequate supervision of children.

While children stay more at home as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, Ana advised that medicines be kept away from their reach while they are kept away from kitchen area to prevent burns.

He advised that mothers also teach their children proper hand washing with water and soap, avoid handshakes, touching of eyes, mouth and nose with hands, wearing of facemasks and observe social distancing to protect them from contracting COVID-19.

He stressed the need for increased intake of properly washed fruits and vegetables to help the body remain healthy this season.

The don told mothers that hand sanitizers should not be used before handling fire or cooking because they are flammable, and under no circumstance should they allow children to swallow it.

At the occasion, the women had opportunity of having medical checkup. They were also provided face masks and hand santizers to avoid contracting coronavirus.

 

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