Medico-Social Problems Of Victims On The Ground Of The E.A.S. Plane Crash In Kano

  • M Kabir Dept. Of Community Medicine Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital
  • Z Iliyasu Dept. Of Community Medicine Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital
  • IS Abubakar Dept. Of Community Medicine Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital
  • HL Dambazau Dept. Of Community Medicine & Primary Care, Bayero University Kano
Keywords: Plane Crash, Injuries, Death, Socal Problems

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to describe the medico-social problems faced by victims at the EAS plane crash in kano city.
METHODS: Structured survey questionnaire was administered on the 56 households affected by the EAS plane crash in kano city.
FINDINGS: There were thirty- five deaths out of the 601 (5.8%) affected inhabitants while 36 of them (6%) sustained various injuries. A majority of those injured (74.3%) had burns: others had cuts, fractures, amputations and dislocations. Social effects of the plane crash include inability to pay debts (24%), inability to pay school fees for children (23%) and inability to feed family (17%). A majority of spouses (66%) sympathised with their partners, although in 6% of cases the incident led to separation. Sixty six percent of the respondents accepted the incident as an inevitable fate from God. Forty five percent of the respondents, however,felt government'response to the disaster was inadequate.
CONCLUSION: The National Emergency Management Agency needs to prepare adequately for future disasters. In addition, the development of disaster managenent committees at all levels of government with representatives of the community and NGOs was advocated.
KEY WORDS:Plane Crash, Injuries, Death, Socal Problems.
Highland Medical Research Journal Vol.2(1) 2004: 70-74
Published
2005-05-18
Section
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