14 Dec, NAIROBI-
Death toll from Saturday’s fuel tanker fire in the Kenyan town of Naivasha rose to 43 on Tuesday after more victims succumbed to their injuries at two hospitals in the capital Nairobi.
Officials from the National Disaster Operations Center said some of the victims of the accident, which took place along Nairobi-Naivasha highway, died while undergoing treatment at the Kenyatta National Hospital.
Health minister Cleopa Mailu, who visited the hospital on Monday, disclosed that 17 people injured in the accident had been discharged, while some others were still receiving treatment.
Some other victims were admitted to the Nairobi Hospital.
Fire engulfed several vehicles after a fuel tanker rammed into them and burst into flames on the road on Saturday night in an area about 80 km from Nairobi, killing at least 30 people on the spot.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has confirmed that 11 paramilitary police officers who protect him were among the victims.
Despite the ongoing strike by medical workers over pay, Mailu said the Kenyatta National Hospital’s emergency services were fully functional following the deployment of Kenya Defense Forces doctors to the facility.
The hospital suspended routine operations after doctors went on strike on Dec. 5. But nurses in public hospitals have gone back to work after a deal was reached with the authorities.
Meanwhile, DNA identification for the victims started on Tuesday.
Nathan Kogotho of the National Disaster Operations Center said DNA samples from 28 families had so far been collected as they were working to identify the bodies. (Xinhua)