The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced plans to send burn patient care experts to Sierra Leone after a collision between two trucks, one of which was loaded with hundreds of liters of gasoline, caused an explosion, killing 98 and injuring 93 this Saturday in the country’s capital, Freetown.
“In response to the fatal explosion in Freetown, the WHO is mobilizing specialized relief supplies to support Sierra Leone,” the agency wrote in a message on the social network Twitter.
The organization has stated in detail that it is working to ensure that burn treatment experts can be deployed to the region and that they will provide the country with “the support it needs” at “this terrible moment”.
For his part, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has lamented the incident and expressed condolences to the families of those affected.
“Sorry about the terrible news from Sierra Leone, the tragic death of almost a hundred people and many more injured,” Adhanom wrote on the same social network.
The organization’s director general has also assured that WHO is working with the country’s government to provide those affected with “the medical assistance they need”.