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Mosquito nets fuelling school fires - police

A burnt school dormitory. Police says mosquito nets have been a catalyst of school fires

A burnt school dormitory. Police says mosquito nets have been a catalyst of school fires

The Directorate of Fire Prevention and Rescue Services has advised schools against the use of mosquito-nets in the dormitories. The caution is aimed at reducing fire catalysts in dormitories and around schools.

The use of insecticide-treated mosquito nets is recognized as the most effective measure in the prevention of malaria, a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted through the bites of infected mosquitoes. The disease is Uganda’s leading cause of death among in-patients.   

But despite the significance of mosquito nets in the prevention of Malaria, Eli Walusimbi, the community liaison’s officer in the Police Fire Prevention and Rescue Services department says they should be eliminated from school dormitories. 

Walusimbi says their investigations into the schools’ infernos that have occurred in the different parts of the country have largely highlighted that mosquito nets intensified the fire and damage. He sounded the warning during the pass out of at least 34 students who completed basic training in fire prevention and management skills in Kyotera district.  

Walusimbi explains that they are now encouraging school administrators to use the other combination mosquito prevention approaches of; indoor spraying, electronic repellant gadgets and wall paints.   

Walusimbi explains that in addition to other safety standards that include decongesting dormitories, removing triple-decker beds, removing window burglar-proof, putting in place emergency exit roots among others, they also want the schools to gradually eliminate mosquito nets. 

He says that are also going to reach out to the ministry of Education and Sports with a proposal to make some adjustments in the school safety requirements to adopt the recommendation.    

Alex Kakooza, the permanent secretary in the ministry of Education and Sports also confirms that there are already ongoing studies on the possibility of having mosquito nets eliminated from school dormitories as a safety measure.

Comments

0 #1 Lakwena 2019-10-17 10:29
What a wrong and misleading assumption and solution.

In other words, Mosquito nets or all the blankets and/or cheap bed sheets made of synthetic materials that the children take to their Dorms don't burn themselves in School dormitories.

It is human negligence that causes most of the school fires. otherwise, why were there no or little school Dom fires in good-old-days?
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0 #2 WADADA roger 2019-10-17 11:09
It appears that the Directorate of Fire Prevention and Rescue Services would rather that students die of malaria in an attempt to avoid fire outbreaks.

His childish reasoning overlooks the fact that malaria kills more people in Uganda than fires.
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0 #3 karemire 2019-10-17 12:03
Quoting Lakwena:
What a wrong and misleading assumption and solution.

In other words, Mosquito nets or all the blankets and/or cheap bed sheets made of synthetic materials that the children take to their Dorms don't burn themselves in School dormitories.

It is human negligence that causes most of the school fires. otherwise, why were there no or little school Dom fires in good-old-days?


Well stated. Further, open fires (eg Candle - lights & kerosene lamps) are a disaster waiting to happen in the usually crowded Doms.
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+1 #4 Weirdo 2019-10-17 12:08
"Mosquito nets intensify the fire". Where does the fire come from?

Are students using tadooba (candles)? Why are schools using tadooba instead of electricity? Since mosquito nets intensify fires from candles, will schools be encouraged to go nude?

What's the studies conclusion about books, clothes, beddings and all, do they too intensify fires from tadooba? Come on Uganda. Let's think. Problems need solutions and not other problems.
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0 #5 rubangakene 2019-10-17 21:43
The Cabinet Minister of Education must shoulder responsibilities of all fires in our schools because she has taken her "eyes off the ball", failed in the duty of care for the charges in her department.

You see with a good organisation in her ministry, such things should never happen. A good inspectorate division in her department should institute measures to avoid these calamities through consistent monitoring of standards of compliance. sack her and replace her with an educational professional and a practitioner; we can't entrust our kids to her!
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0 #6 Lakwena 2019-10-18 10:34
Quoting rubangakene:
The Cabinet Minister of Education must shoulder responsibilities of all fires in our schools because she has taken her "eyes off the ball", failed in the duty of care for the charges in her department.

You see with a good organisation in her ministry, such things should never happen. A good inspectorate division in her department should institute measures to avoid these calamities through consistent monitoring of standards of compliance. sack her and replace her with an educational professional and a practitioner; we can't entrust our kids to her!


But Rubangakene, don't forget, Madam Minister, Janet Kataha M7's eyeballs are fixed on the big monies/budget in the Ministry of Education.

But not the quality, nor safety of our children in those private and prohibitive boarding schools and the condemned UPE/USE (universal poverty Education/universal stupidity education) schools.
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