Re­hab cen­ter for dust burn vic­tims opens in N. Taipei

The China Post - - LOCAL -

A re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­ter and a tem­po­rary care home for the hun­dreds of sur­vivors of a deadly June 27 flash fire at a New Taipei wa­ter park opened in the city Wed­nes­day.

The cen­ter was es­tab­lished jointly by the city gov­ern­ment and the Sun­shine So­cial Wel­fare Foun­da­tion to pro­vide long-term care and treat­ment to the nearly 500 peo­ple who sur­vived the fire, which killed 11 peo­ple.

The vic­tims suf­fered dif­fer­ent de­grees of burns when a col­ored corn starch pow­der ex­ploded dur­ing a party at Formosa Fun Coast Wa­ter Park in June, said New Taipei Deputy Mayor Hou Yu-ih ( )

Over the past weeks, 260 of the sur­viv­ing burn pa­tients have been dis­charged from hos­pi­tal and are in re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, Hou said at the press brief­ing at the cen­ter’s open­ing, which was at­tended by fam­ily mem­bers of the vic­tims.

The cen­ter of­fers in­ten­sive re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion treat­ment, while the care home pro­vides ac­com­mo­da­tion for the pa­tients dur­ing the re­hab pe­riod, Hou said.

The Sun­shine Foun­da­tion will also es­tab­lish other re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ser­vice cen­ters around Tai­wan for burn pa­tients in other cities and coun­ties, he said.

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