Trauma team set to counsel survivors of tanker horror

14Aug 2019
The Guardian Reporter
Morogoro
The Guardian
Trauma team set to counsel survivors of tanker horror
  • The tragedy took place at Msamvu area within Morogoro municipality when a crashed fuel tanker exploded as crowds rushed to syphon leaking petrol, and one person is believed to have attempted to extract the battery, causing sparks that led to the mayhem.

A TEAM of trauma treatment specialists including counseling medical personnel from various ministries and public institutions has arrived in Morogoro to help survivors of the Saturday oil tanker explosion.

Led by the Commissioner for Social Welfare Dr Naftali Ng'ondi, the team is made up of therapists, welfare and community development experts drawn from ministries as well as the Institute of Social Welfare and the University of Dar es Salaam.

The Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (Policy, Parliamentary Affairs, Employment, Youth and the Disabled) Jenista Mhagama told reporters here yesterday that the experts will identify families that lost their loved ones as well as those with survivors.

The minister said there were 16 survivors still admitted at the Morogoro regional referral hospital who need psychotherapy apart from treatment of burns and other physical injuries sustained in the tanker fire disaster.

Family members of both the deceased and survivors will also be reached for counseling by the team, she explained.

She called upon social media users to restrain from sharing misleading information about the accident and the condition of the survivors. Information regarding the matter should be released by the National Disaster Management Committee under the ministry or the regional safety and security committee chaired by the Morogoro Regional Commissioner, the minister cautioned.

“Only these two authorized bodies should release information regarding this matter,” she emphasized.

Morogoro RC Dr Stephen Kebwe said the death toll had reached 76 by noon yesterday.

The tragedy took place at Msamvu area within Morogoro municipality when a crashed fuel tanker exploded as crowds rushed to syphon leaking petrol, and one person is believed to have attempted to extract the battery, causing sparks that led to the mayhem.

Speaking here on Monday during his visit to Kola cemetery, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa directed regional authorities to ensure that a monument and gravestones are erected at the graveyard where the bodies are laid to rest once the remains of the victims have all been identified and interred.

A perimeter wall will also be put up around the graveyard in memory of the victims.

Although the place will be walled and with a towering monument, relatives of the victims laid to rest there will be allowed to freely visit the graveyard and conduct rituals according to their faiths and traditions, the premier noted.

Minister Mhagama said that DNA samples have already been taken from the remains for ease of identification, urging those with missing relatives to visit Morogoro regional referral hospital so that all are identified and laid to rest.

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