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230 burns victims in critical condition

230 burns victims in critical condition

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The number of burns victims from the water park disaster in critical condition rose again Saturday to reach 230, the Ministry of Health and Welfare said.
Two people died and almost 500 were injured in the aftermath of the June 27 blast involving colored cornstarch powder during a party at the Formosa Fun Coast water park in New Taipei City.
On Thursday, the authorities for the first time announced the number of patients in critical condition, putting the total at 184. However, on Friday, the number rose to 211 and on Saturday to 230.
The number of people being treated in intensive care also rose, from 255 to 276, officials said.
More patients requested to be moved away from the area close to the disaster to be at a shorter distance from their families in Central or Southern Taiwan, reports said.
The massive needs of patients for treatment has put a spotlight on the heavy burden of doctors, surgeons, nurses and other medical staff. On Saturday, the number of doctors registered to work on the water park cases reached 55, compared to 45 on Friday, and the number of nurses 795, a rise from 490 the previous day. Dozens of other specialists were also helping out, reports said.
The question of Japanese doctors helping out remained a problem, with the government apparently barring them – and any other foreign physicians – from performing a leading role in medical operations. Hospitals can however ask for advice from the Japanese specialists, and two have reportedly already done so. The Japanese side was reportedly drawing up a name list of possible candidates to come and work as advisers to their colleagues in Taiwan.


Updated : 2021-09-20 23:37 GMT+08:00