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Wildfire victims receive lifesaving medical care at UNMISS Sri Lankan hospital

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Two victims of a wildfire are receiving life-saving medical attention at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan hospital in Bor, in the Jonglei region of South Sudan.

The two women, who suffered third-degree burns, were caught in the wildfire while collecting grass to thatch their roofs in Kolnyang village.

Mathew Magok, a close relative of one of the victims, thanked the Sri Lankan peacekeepers for the “lifesaving interventions”.

“We are trying to cope with the situation. UNMISS has done its part. They gave us some medicine,” said Magok.

The Officer-in-Charge of the surgical ward at Bor State Hospital, Theresa Apajok, said the women were stable and they were expected to recover well. She said the treatment and medication received from UNMISS came as a great relief because the local hospitals had run out medication for patients.

The UN Level II hospital in Bor is run by UN peacekeepers from Sri Lanka.