Three ladies have been victim of poisoning due to carbon monoxide (CO) in the West of Cameroon.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a very toxic gas stemming from the incomplete combustion of any organic substance. This half process impedes the complete oxidation in carbon dioxide. Carbon monoxide is a deadly, colourless, odourless and poisonous gas. It is produced by the incomplete burning of various fuels including coal, wood, charcoal, oil, kerosene and natural gas. Moreover, poisoning due to CO is one of the most widespread causes of deadly poisoning in many countries.
The city of Dschang is witnessing a tragedy and the cause revolves in carbon monoxide poisoning: one person dead and two others under reanimation. This is the result of the drama that took place on the 19th of august 2016. Three ladies left Yaoundé last Thursday to attend the burial of a family member. After the wake keeping, these ladies went to Mama Anna’s home to have some rest. Before going to bed, they ate some roasted corn done by a fire side fuelled with coal. Unfortunately, they did not put off the fire at the end of their meal. The following morning, they were found inert on their bed; one was dead, while two others were rushed to the hospital and are presently in a coma. According to the staff of the Dschang hospital, these cases of poisoning due to carbon monoxide (CO)from coal are becoming a real case of serious concern in this part of the country. In reality, burning coal produces carbon monoxide and inhaling it leads to headaches, dizziness, nausea, a euphoric state, and above all, death if the time spent within the contaminated premises is too long and the quantity of carbon monoxide inhaled unbearable for a person.
This drama incites to pay attention on the importance to develop and to use green energies which are less toxic for the well-being of the people and the environment. Thus, let us remain vigilant and be aware of the dangers of coal especially when it is poorly used and let us go for renewable energies to enhance the well-being of peoples and to protect the environment.