School Children Injured in Sierra Leone Stadium Accident

Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio attends at the fifty-sixth ordinary session of the Economic Community of West African States in Abuja on December 21, 2019. (Photo by Kola SULAIMON / AFP)

Several school children were injured on Thursday when a railing collapsed at a stadium in the Southern region of Sierra Leone.
According to the authorities, the children had gathered to receive free sanitary pads distributed by the President, Julius Maada Bio and the first lady.

In a tweet, President Bio regretted the unfortunate incident and assured of efforts to help the injured.

“My heart goes out to all the children affected and the families of the kids that sustained injuries in the unfortunate incident at the Bo Stadium today. Our medical team are working assiduously to administer medical attention to the injured.” President Bio tweeted on his official page.

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A statement from the office of the press secretary said the accident was caused when a short section of metal guardrail on one of the levels of the stadium came apart.

It added that the children affected had been immediately taken to a hospital in the city “for free medical care” in the company of the country’s Health Minister, Austin Demby.

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