400 Sri Lankans killed annually due to severe burns
Mon, Mar 1, 2010, 07:58 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Mar 01, Colombo: Specialist Surgeon Wijaya Godakumbura of Sri Lanka points out that around 400 deaths take place in Sri Lanka due to severe burns.
He attributed 15% of the causes for the fatalities to the unsafe bottle lamps. This is common among the lowest income group people in the developing countries in the region that do not have access to electricity, he said.
Dr. Godakumbura says that the solution for the problem is the safe bottle lamp. He was internationally acclaimed last year for his efforts to save the valuable lives of those who are killed due to burn injuries.
Many families in Sri Lanka rely on the improvised kerosene lamps made from bottles that can tip over and cause fire. The safe bottle lamp is made of slow-cooled glass that is unbreakable and has a steady flat bottom to prevent tipping over.
World Challenge '09 organized by BBC announced Godakumbura winner after receiving over 900 nominations and a record breaking 127,800 votes from around the world. Safe Bottle Lamp Project, from Sri Lanka, received the first prize of US$20,000 at a special ceremony held at The Hague.